Coal Drops Yard kick start the festive season with the Northern Brights Christmas light switch on

Coal Drops Yard kick started the festive season with the Northern Brights Christmas light switched on last night, by Tashiyah Ewerse, aged 8 from Golders Green who pressed the switch, in front of thousands, after winning a live musical game on stage with Famous First Words.

The stage was set for a fun-filled evening as The Yard transformed into a fluorescent Winter Wonderland sprinkled with vibrant, flocked trees and illuminated with an array of colourful lights inspired by the natural beauty of the Northern Lights.

Within this Christmassy oasis there was an exciting programme of activity on-site to brighten up the November evening. King’s Cross very own music venue and restaurant, Spiritland provided their resident DJ to launch the festivities, followed by the London Gay Men’s Chorus performing a kaleidoscope of favourite seasonal numbers with a twist. Then the unmissable House Gospel Choir sang out through the crowd with their incredible vocals, drawing the show to a close at an aweinspiring crescendo.

As an exciting exclusive, Coal Drops Yard hosted a brand new live musical experience with Famous First Words; a devilishly addictive live music game. The concept was simple – step up, grab the mic and perform your favourite yuletide tunes. The prize for the best rendition; Tasaiyah, age 8 from Golders Green, got the chance to switch on the Coal Drops Yard Christmas lights! A unique experience for a tuneful participant.

The evening also marks the beginning of a brand new series of the Northern Brights workshops, allowing attendees to explore the area and learn a new craft whilst getting in the Christmas spirit. These will include piñata making, bauble designing, cracker making and festive wrapping paper printing; all taking place in the local retailers, such as Tom Dixon, Twiin, Kiosk and Kitchen Provisions. The best part is that you can exercise your creativity whilst giving back, as each ticket requires a minimum £10 donation to homeless charity Shelter, who’s Boutique by Shelter charity shop is located along the Coal Drops Yard viaduct.
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