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Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market Christmas trees lit up

London SE1 website team

The Christmas tree lights in Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market were switched on simultaneously on Wednesday evening during Better Bankside's annual service for local businesses and their employees.

Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market Christmas trees lit up
Lighting the tree outside Southwark Cathedral
Borough Market
Borough Market

The outdoor ceremony followed a Christingle service in the cathedral attended by children, parents, local business representatives and residents.

Better Bankside had arranged for younger children to meet Father Christmas before decorating their Christingles.

A Christingle is an orange representing the world; tied with a red ribbon as the blood of Jesus and decorated with dolly mixtures on cocktail sticks for the fruits of the earth. A lit candle on top of the orange is Jesus Christ as the light of the world.

Oranges to make the Christingles were purchased from next door Borough Market and donated by the market trustees.

Natalie Moan from Trayport, representing Better Bankside, read from the Old Testament and Borough Market chair Donald Hyslop read from the New Testament.

Following the lighting of Christingles and the indoor tree there was a procession to the churchyard for the lighting of outdoor trees.

The Dixie Ticklers played during both the service and a reception held afterwards in a marquee.

Mulled wine and mince pies were sponsored by Shard building contractors Mace.

• On Monday 19 December Southwark Cathedral will host the Mayor of London's Carol Service; all are welcome.

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