Love Actually choir will lift the spirits at Paddington Central

From Father Christmas on the canal, winter lights, festive food and drink – Paddington Central is the place to be

As the festive season draws ever closer, Paddington Central, the busy work and social hub close to the station will host an array of seasonal offerings and events including The Winter Social and the unveiling of a spectacular winter light installation by Tangent, one of today’s most innovative design engineering studios.

Kicking activities off on Wednesday, December 4, The Winter Social will be a fun-filled affair offering the chance to sing your heart out with an immersive performance by ‘the nation’s favourite choir’, the London Community Gospel Choir, which is famed for its performance of the Beatles’ classic All You Need Is Love in the Christmas movie, Love Actually. This is one not to be missed.

Adding to celebrations on December 5, Father Christmas, his elves and a brass band will arrive in style on the canal via The Electric Barge greeting local school children from Queen’s Park Primary School, Edward Wilson, Hallfield Primary School, Gateway Academy and St Peter’s Primary School.

With glittering decorations, Christmas trees and more, guests can head to one of Paddington Central’s eclectic array of restaurants and bars, including Beany Green, The Union and Vagabond. There will also be also the unique opportunity to dine on the canal with barges that have been transformed into vibrant and buzzing all-day dining destinations on the water such as Darcie & May Green, The Grand Duchess and London Shell Co.

Boasting a multitude of festive treats and drinks, including hot toddies and Winter Warmer Hours at Pergola that’ll get you two-for-one cocktails and warm mince pies, delicious mulled wine and a side of Christmas karaoke at Huckster, Paddington Central has everything needed to keep you in good spirits.

This year at Paddington Central, Christmas is all about championing design. Transforming the amphitheatre in Sheldon Square into a spectacle of light, colour and movement, “Chords of Light” is a fully immersive lighting design by Tangent. Interweaving technology with design at the most sophisticated level, the installation is composed of a contemporary sculptural Christmas Tree situated in the middle of the amphitheatre with an array of spotlights lighting it up from the surrounding area. Creating visible sharp beams of light across the amphitheatre, the installation will delight visitors with a spectacular real-time light animation triggered when someone uses the hashtag PaddingtonCentral on Instagram.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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