X Factor Star Lights up Christmas at Old Spitalfields Market

Spitalfields, London, UK – 10th November 2010 – Old Spitalfields Market (OSM), near Liverpool Street Station, has today marked the launch of the Christmas shopping season, with the official switch-on of its festive Christmas lights by X Factor star and No.1 recording artist, Olly Murs. The singer was also accompanied by X Factor contestant, John Adeleye, and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Faryl Smith, to launch Christian Aid’s ‘Big Christmas Sing’ at the market. The spacious and historic Victorian market hall offers a relaxed shopping experience - a real haven away from the crowded streets of the West End. Well known for its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and themed stall markets, OSM has an enviable range of Christmas gifts available - from high-end fashion, food, furniture, art and antiques, through to shoes, accessories, music and collectables. During the run up to Christmas, Old Spitalfields Market will be hosting a number of events and seasonal promotions to help stressed shoppers find what they are looking for in its stylish and chic setting. OSM's shops are open seven days a week and its market from Sunday through to Friday, with Thursday, Friday and Sunday offering the widest selection of stalls. Late-Night Shopping From the 1st December, shopping hours on Wednesdays and Fridays will be extended to 7.30pm – giving people the chance to shop after work, then relax at one of the many on-site bars and restaurants. The last opportunity for late-night shopping will be on Tuesday 21st December. Tuesday Jewellery Market Throughout December, the Tuesday jewellery market makes a welcome return to OSM. It will feature a plethora of jewellery, from unique, hand-made items, through to costume jewellery; antique through to contemporary. There will be something for everyone’s taste and budget. Seasonal Food Court Taste buds are set to tingle with the announcement that a seasonal food court will be available at the market on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - from the 29th November through to the 15th December. There will be a number of stalls selling an assortment of food, including fresh produce, pastries, delicatessen, sweet and savoury treats to make the festive period special. It is also planned that there will cooking demonstrations on some of these dates, the details of which will be publicised on the Market’s website www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com . Fashion Friday On Friday 10th December a special fashion event will take place on the market’s catwalk in amongst the regular fashion market. Designers, traders and retailers from OSM will showcase their latest ranges, including hair styling and accessories. Details of this event will be publicised shortly on the Market’s website www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com . Retailer Offers: The Agnes b store is filled with inspirational Christmas ideas for both men and women. Cosy jumpers, the must have little black dress in an array of styles and limited-edition artist t-shirts. There’s an ever-growing collection of accessories, including: scarves, great gloves, hats, jewellery, wallets and cufflinks. From the 1st until the 24th of December 2010 they are offering a free gift with every purchase over £100 (while stock lasts, see in store for terms and conditions). FairyGothMother / Lulu and Lush boutique is marking Christmas with a 10%, in-shop discount, that is available to customers quoting the code ‘LUSHXMAS’ (not valid on sale items or gift vouchers). With delectable silk lingerie, small jewellery accessories and the all-important big party dresses they will add sparkle to your celebrations. Further information at www.fairygothmother.co.uk New for this winter at Foxbat boutique is a collection of cashmere and fur coats, as well as a new collection of signature silk dresses, which are ideal for any season. Always a firm favourite for Christmas, they have the largest range of NeoGlory crystal jewellery in Europe plus, hand-made Italian leather bags in a variety of stunning colours and designs. www.foxbat.eu Onedeko will be running its annual, 'Why Wait For January' sale promotion on all of its furniture ranges throughout December – offering January’s sales prices - of up to 20% discount - during December, enabling customers to get their furniture delivered that little bit earlier. The Sphere Gallery is presenting the works of more than 45 artists at any one time – in mediums of Oil, Acrylic, Sculpture, Silk Screen and ‘Limited Edition Prints’ in Giclee and Atelier. Art lovers can take advantage of a flexible payment plan, with a 25% deposit and staggered 3-month 0% interest payments. Restaurant Offers: Fire and Stone, the renowned pizza restaurant is offering its customers a Christmas Pizza as one of the many choices available on the Christmas party set menu. The mouth-watering pizza includes roasted Norfolk Bronze Turkey, roast potatoes, chestnut, sage and onion stuffing, pork and apricot sausage meat, brie, cranberry sauce and gravy. A two-course meal costs £17.95 per head and three courses cost £24.95. The Real Greek has launched its special, fixed-price Christmas menu that is available between the 22nd November and the 31st December 2010. With four levels of prices, ranging from £10.95 to £19.95 per head, diners can expect all of the classic Greek dishes. Square Pie will be baking ‘Christmas in a Pie’ – Full Turkey Roast in a pie for all of December. It’s made up of roast turkey, mini roast potatoes, chipolatas, stuffing and gravy - all in a pie. Christmas Music On Sunday 5th and Friday 17th December, Old Spitalfields Market will play host to a special performance of Christmas carols to get shoppers into the festive spirit. Details of these events will be publicised shortly on the Market’s website www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com . For those who like to make more of music at Christmas, Spitalfields Music Winter Festival in December and January could be just the ticket. From classical music to contemporary film operas, the very best in UK ensembles and international superstars from Italy, Corsica and Iceland, the Festival serves up deliciously varied musical fare in the East End’s most evocative settings. The organisers are offering a saving of 15% when booking for 3 or more concerts. Further information is available at www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk Old Spitalfields Market is a short walk from Liverpool Street Station and Aldgate East Tube – please visit www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com for further information. ENDS Pictures: Please Note - there is a comprehensive picture library available to accompany this press release - including many of the products mentioned - at http://www.parker-ward.com/osm