Christmas festivities at Red Cross Garden on Friday marked the end of a year of events to commemorate the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill.
Canon Bruce Saunders, sub dean of Southwark Cathedral, switched on the Christmas tree lights and led carol-singing round the tree.
Canon Saunders said: "All I really need to say is to remind you that the Bible begins in a garden, Jesus spent his last night praying in a garden, and the climax of the Easter story happens in a garden too. So for the Christian church, gardens are important and good.
"That's what inspired Octavia Hill, whose centenary we've been celebrating this year... She knew that people who live closely together also needed open spaces, breathing spaces, beautiful places – that's why when she built those cottages, she also built this garden...
"She would, I'm sure, be thrilled beyond words to see this beautiful garden now restored, full of adults and children celebrating the birth of Jesus who was her inspiration in all she undertook and all she achieved."
This year the tree was sponsored by local residents and Borough Market and will remain in place throughout the Christmas season.