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Stratford opens the festive season in style

PUBLISHED: 19:00 04 December 2018

Eve Joseph, aged 4, and Meira Bright, aged 5, causing a blizzard at Stratford's Christmas Wonderland. Picture: Ken Mears

Eve Joseph, aged 4, and Meira Bright, aged 5, causing a blizzard at Stratford's Christmas Wonderland. Picture: Ken Mears

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Last week saw the switch on of East Ham’s Christmas lights – and this week, it was Stratford’s turn to get festive.

The Drum Works performing. Picture: Ken MearsThe Drum Works performing. Picture: Ken Mears

In what can only be described as a festive extravaganza, lantern parades, carolling and a giant inflatable snow globe featured in the celebrations in Stratford Broadway.

The yard of St John’s Church played host to Santa’s Grotto, elves, a juggling Jack Frost and candyfloss, popcorn and hot chocolate stalls.

The celebrations started with a lantern parade from Stratford Library. Pupils from nearby schools had spent lessons making the lanterns, which they displayed down the street to the music of East London’s Drum Works.

Further entertainment came in the form of a series of traditional carols from local choirs and a face painting stall.

Choirs provided entertainment for the Christmas light switch-on in the yard of St John's Church. Picture: Ken MearsChoirs provided entertainment for the Christmas light switch-on in the yard of St John's Church. Picture: Ken Mears

Forest Gate also joined in the festivities, with their Christmas light switch-on taking place last weekend. The lights, in Romford Road, were turned on by Newham’s mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz.

A giant inflatable snow globe kept the children happy, along with a Santa's grotto, elves and a juggling Jack Frost. Picture: Ken MearsA giant inflatable snow globe kept the children happy, along with a Santa's grotto, elves and a juggling Jack Frost. Picture: Ken Mears

Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz switching on the Christmas lights outside the Barclays bank in Romford Road. Picture: Melissa PageMayor Rokhsana Fiaz switching on the Christmas lights outside the Barclays bank in Romford Road. Picture: Melissa Page

Forest Gate's Christmas tree, which was turned on on December 1. Picture: Melissa PageForest Gate's Christmas tree, which was turned on on December 1. Picture: Melissa Page

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