Published: Monday, 28th November 2016

Hundreds of residents turned out to welcome Christmas in Woolwich this year.

The annual Woolwich Winter Warmer is part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich's exciting programme of winter-themed community events in the lead-up to Christmas.

Local musicians and bands entertained residents on Saturday 26 November and children were mesmerised by live owl and reindeer displays, ice sculpting, fairground rides, face painting and a land train.

The Christmas lights in Woolwich were turned on by the Mayor of Royal Greenwich Councillor Olu Babatola and Councillors Denise Scott-McDonald and Deputy Leader Danny Thorpe.

The colourful lantern parade featured the work of local children as it snaked down to the Royal Arsenal where festive celebrations continued at a Royal Arsenal Riverside Explore (RARE) Christmas event and ended with a marvellous fireworks display.

At the culmination of the RARE Christmas in the Royal Arsenal Artillery Barracks, Capital Radio DJ, Dave Berry flicked the switch to light up the Christmas tree on No.1 Street.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being, Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald said: "Every year, the Woolwich Winter Warmer brings families and Christmas shoppers into our town centre and never fails to impress. It was a very cold and colourful event, a perfect combination for the build-up to Christmas. We welcome everyone to come along to the final festive calendar events in Thamesmead and Greenwich."

View the photos from this year's Woolwich Winter Warmer

Greenwich Christmas Festival

The final Christmas event will be taking place in Greenwich, Cutty Sark Gardens on 3 December. Free parking will be available in all Council run car parks throughout the weekend in support of Small Business Saturday.