Five hundred local people joined Father Christmas in the Archway Mall for a host of Christmas themed entertainment. St John's Upper Holloway and Hargrave Park School sang carols, Lolly Jangles amazed people with her magic and balloon modelling, and Cyrus the face painter transformed the faces of dozens of happy children. On the stage there was a lindy-hop performance from some of the students at the local drama school - the Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts - and soul singing from Fumilayo and her band.
The winners of the Christmas windows competition were announced: congratulations to Stagnells Bakery and the runner up BaseCamp. To see all the entries see http://www.archwaylondon.com/news/christmas-windows-competition
At the end of a fantastic afternoon, the Christmas lights were switched on by the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Barry Edwards and the winner of the Christmas poster design competition Bokani Gumbo from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.