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MIRACLE ON LEAKE STREET; THE FREE ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION FOR LONDONERS

What do you get when you combine a FREE screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol, a drag queen, cheesy Christmas karaoke, promo reindeers and heaps of snow in London’s largest legal graffiti tunnel? A Christmas Miracle that’s what…namely, a Miracle on Leake Street!

Miracle on Leake Street has been designed to put a smile on the face of even the most Scroogiest of Scrooges! Run byWeAreWaterloo and South Bank BID with proceeds going to the Waterloo Legal Advice Service, this community event will be held at Leake Street Arches on Tuesday 18th December from 6-9pm.

Home to London’s largest legal graffiti wall, Leake Street Arches is a world away from the traditional fireplace setting. Arriving to a costumed band of buskers, guests will make their way through the urban snow (not a euphemism), past graffiti artists at work, to the centre of the tunnel. There they will find Drag Queen, Alexander Luttley, kicking off proceedings by leading a Christmas karaoke session. Vocal chords warmed up, guests can then pull up a chair and a blanket to take part in a screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol (with sing-a-long enhanced by local choirs!)

For those who just want to dip in and out of the screening, there’s plenty of other activities to enjoy…

House of Vans, the iconic skateboard brand that has its European HQ at Leake Street, will be running an urban festive grotto and tombola.

Vaults Theatre, renowned for the incredible immersive performances they host throughout the year, will be opening their doors for a behind-the-scenes tour of their magical Sounds & Sorcery set. Outside their entrance, actors and comedians performing at next year’s VAULT festival will be taking to the stage to give a flavour of what they’re working on.

Traders from Lower Marsh Market will move to the tunnel for the evening, to provide an enjoyable Christmas gift shopping experience, unlike any high street can offer.

Meanwhile Club will run a free Christmas Wreath making workshop as part of Lower Marsh Market’s Make Do & Mend Yourself wellbeing programme where you can deck the halls (well, your wreath!) to your personal preferences. But ifyou’d rather add a touch of festive sparkle to yourself, the In Your Dreams team, will be on hand with free glitter face and hair painting.

Draughts board games café will be taking to Leake Street to run a series of giant games outside while next door at Aures London, guests will be invited inside to experience their immersive sound system.

Providing an alternative to the standard Christmas fayre, Banh Bao Brothers will be serving up Vietnamese delights and running a Spring Roll masterclass so you can impress friends and family over the holidays. Newly opened Mamuska! will be introducing hearty Polish food (and vodka infused hot drinks!) to guests.

Additional hot drinks including whiskey hot chocolates will be available from the Four Corners Cafe stand while Eden Caterers will be leading a free mulled wine workshop (with plenty of sampling!)

Those inspired by the surrounding street art can join a Graffiti masterclass at 26 Leake Street, which will be led by some of the local artists.

From Muppets and Drag Queens to Graffiti and Glitter; if you’re looking for an alternative (and free!) way to celebrate the festive season in London, this is the event for you.

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