Winter Village 2014

From Friday 5th December to Sunday 7th December 2014, due to the demand for more stalls, City Showcase: Markets moved to Hackney Central.  Winter Village included a Fever Tree G&T stall and donkey rides with Christmas lights and a large Christmas Tree by the stage –  a stage big enough for local school choirs to fill and serenade us with carols in between the new musicians that performed.


“Stalls from the UK’s young creative talent, live music and a huge range of food at this bustling market” The Times
“The edgier counterpart to the super successful Soho flea market” Time Out
“Your Alternative Christmas Day Out” Company
“Head and shoulders above run-of-the-mill high street goods” Harper’s Bazaar
“A vibrant and alternative Christmas market” Daily Telegraph
“Unique, stylish gift shopping” Elle Magazine
“Where better to source those quirky stocking fillers?” Livingetc

Winter Village comes to Hackney Central from Friday 5th December to Sunday 7th December 2014. The new 3-day event will showcase a vast array of creative talent specially curated by City Showcase: Markets, responsible for last year’s seasonal success story, Dalston Christmas Market.

Winter Village, Hackney, will take place in the grounds of St John at Hackney, a church and emerging new music venue in Hackney Central and will offer a vibrant, contemporary alternative to the more traditional ‘German style’ Christmas markets including artisans, artists, fashion and jewellery designers, leather designers, ceramicists, and card makers. The market will also host a live stage featuring emerging new musicians and local choirs as well as high quality food stalls, bar and cafe.

The event, organised in partnership with Hackney Council, is supporting Hackney Winter Night Shelter, a local charity that provides shelter for homeless people during the winter. Winter Village, Hackney follows the organisers’ other event Soho Flea Market, which drew over 18,000 people to Dean Street in June.

The market presents the perfect opportunity for the next generation of designers to showcase their unique products, food and crafts and there will be in excess of 100 designers taking part.

Stallholder participants include local traders, Fee Fee La Fou’s curiosities and typographical printed goods from Lucy Loves This, British designed goods from Cecil Vessey, Catherine Tough, Becky Baur, Eleanor Stuart and Jessica Russell Flint, handmade gold and silver jewellery by Maya Magal, leather accessories by Lost and Found Accessories, women’s fashion with a conscience, raising awareness against the trafficking of humans by Zoe Boomer, London’s history recycled by Amelia Parker and Colourful Dove’s bright and colourful tableware for children. Other participants include celebrated ceramicists Reiko Kaneko, Yas-Ming and Takae Mizutani & Sons, Ro Co’s terrariums, planters and florist Larkspur & Lavender and the renowned Hackney Empire. There will also be a wide range of children’s clothing, toys and gift ideas including sustainable and fair trade goods.

The event will feature fabulous street food vendors including: Chef de Poutine, Colonel Tom’s Gumbo, Shredded Meat, Vinn Goute, Anna Mae’s Mac n Cheese, What the Dickens! with pop cakes from Couture Surprises and award-winning Cotswold food producer Ross and Ross. Fever-Tree’s Ultimate Cocktail Bar will be serving their festive favourites like the perfect pairing of sloe gin and lemon tonic and hot rum and ginger beer toddy.

Music and entertainment on the live stage has been organised by City Showcase, the year round not-for-profit festival, including performances by up and coming artists and bands including Talk In Code, whose single ‘Make It Happen’ has been a Q Magazine Track Of The Day, Amani, Joe Jury, Tiz McNamara, Collector’s Club, Anima Acapella, Westcombe Brass, Sister Sidney, I Am Harlequin, Jess Morgan, Echotape, New Street Adventure, Kalandra, Jess Thristan, Bronwen Lewis, Tom Figgins, Alexander McKay, Zak Whitefield, Asya Satti and Infecta. The line-up will be augmented by local choirs, Hackney Borough Youth Choir (led by Hackney Music Services), Hackney Voices, The Hackney Empire Community Choir, Rushmore School Choir, St Monica’s Primary School choir, Harrington Hill Primary School and others. Proceedings will be hosted by Yemi Sawyerr, Emma Real-Davies and Debbie O’Hare.

Plus, throughout Winter Village, The Fashion Hub will be hosting ‘The Fashion Hub Experience’, an on-site 12-minute chair massage for weary shoppers.

In addition Spitalfields City Farm charity will be selling Christmas Trees and giving donkey rides and Santa Claus will have his grotto this year in St Augustine’s Tower right in the heart of Hackney.

The Chocolate Factory N16 is celebrating 20 years of Open Studios. For their Christmas event they are pairing up with City Showcase for the second year running and opening their doors over the same weekend as Winter Village.

You can also visit the Brew for Two Café in St John’s Churchyard. The café will be opening late during Winter Village and selling delicious home cooked food with a Turkish twist, as well as hot mulled wine and cider.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods said: ‘The City Showcase Winter Village is a fantastic opportunity for Hackney’s budding young artists, designers and creatives to promote and sell their work this Christmas to visitors from far and wide.
The contemporary Winter Village market will sit against the historic backdrop of St John-at-Hackney church, a stone’s throw from the Narrow Way that has been pedestrianised to support local shops, residents and visitors to Hackney Central.’


Aah Kid
Alice Shields
Ana Gibb Knitwear
Anna Wiscombe
Bambie and Butler
Barbara Talpo Face Painting
Beara Beara
Becky Baur
BG Design
Blank Inside
By Bethany
Cate Victoria
Catherine Tough
Christa Davis
Clear Creations
CWC Ceramics
Eleanor Stuart
Elli Popp
Fanatic House
Fashion Hub Experience
Fellow London
Georgia Bosson
Gilly B
Glebe Road Studio
Hackney Empire
Hoxton Mini Press
Humphries and Begg
Imaginative Play Store
Imogen Man
Jill Green
Jo Clark Design
Karin Akesson
Kate Moby
Katy Christianson
Larkspur and Lavender
Love Frankie
Lovely Jojo’s
Masha in London
Matthew Calvin
Maya Magal
Mister Peebles
Mr Jones ????
Mr Wingate
Oh What Lovely
Osbelk & Co
Pea Green Boat
Peter Ibruegger
Plane Clothing
Postcard Prints
Reiko Kaneko
Ro Co
Roots Retold
Ros Shiers
Rosa and Clara Designs
She Sells Heart
St John at Hackney
Studio Upstairs
Such & Such
Sugar + Style
Sven Comics
Tanti Design
The Food Guide
The Gentle-Man Range
The Naughty Little Card Shop
Victoria Eggs


Fever-Tree’s Ultimate Cocktail Bar


Chef de Poutine
Churros London
Colonel Tom’s Gumbo
Couture Surprises
Les Deux Amies
Peel and Chimney
Pigger and Better
Ross and Ross
Shredded Meat Co
The Cheese Truck
The Dusty Knuckle Bakery
Vinn Goute
What the Dickens!


Alexander McKay
Anima Acapella
Asya Satti
Bronwen Lewis
Chloe Fong
Collectors Club
DV8 Academy Choir
Hackney Borough Youth Choir (led by Hackney Music Services)
Hackney Voices Choir
Harrington Hill Primary School
I Am Harlequin
Jess Morgan
Jess Thurston
Joe Jury
John Galea
Josh Healey
Julius Cowdrey
Max Parrott
New Street Adventure
Olivia Palmer
Ray Clayton
Rushmore Primary School
Sarah Lucy Dole
Sharon Rose
Sherika Sherard
Sister Sidney
St Monica’s Primary School
Talk in Code
The Hackney Empire
Community Choir
The Kosmic Troubadour
Tiz McNamara
Tom Figgins
Westcombe Brass
Zak Whitefield