Greenwich goes Advent Crazy

Various shops, offices etc in Greenwich town center are to become a “living Advent calendar” this December. Each day, from the 1st Dec., a new display will be unveiled to the public until all 24 “windows” have been unveiled – with the 24th occurring inside St Alfege Church in the town center.

All the windows will be on show once they have been opened until January 5th.

Each window is being prepared by volunteers using a range of media, from multimedia installations to paintings, models and stained glass. The official website says that seeing them all will take approximately two hours – once they have all been opened I presume! A map of the different locations and the date they will be opened in available here (pdf file)

I quite like this idea as it is brings a bit of artistic fun to the run up to Christmas – a time for adults that is usually more stressful than pleasant – and it is quite a good community event.

Imagine if the shops on a major high street (or the West End) where to do something similar – could be quite amazing.

Several opening-associated events are being planned.

Monday 3rd Dec – Share a glass of mulled wine from 6.00pm.
Theatre of Wine. 78, Trafalgar Road, SE10 9TS

Saturday 8rd Dec – Opening events in evening. Blessing of the shop at 6.00pm.
Pets and the City. 334, Creek Road, SE10 9SW

Tuesday 11th Dec – Donkey procession down Westgrove Lane at 5.00pm. (this one I just have to see!)
23, Westgrove Lane, SE10 8QP

Thursday 20th Dec – Slushies, deckchairs, seagulls, waves. Starting at 4.30pm.
88, Ashburnham Grove, SE10 8UJ

Sunday 23rd Dec – Carol singing around the windows starting at 6.00pm.
Starting point: 58, Royal Hill, SE10 8RT

Monday 24rd Dec – 5.00pm Christingle Service with blessing of the crib. 10.45pm Carols by the St. Alfege choir. 11.30 Candlelit Midnight Mass.
St. Alfege Church. Greenwich High Road, SE10 9JS

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