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Paloma Faith, The Kingdom Choir And Cast Of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical ‘Switch On’ Covent Garden’s 2018 Christmas Lights

  • Paloma Faith switched on the lights in Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza last night
  • Royal Wedding choir The Kingdom Choir and Matilda The Musical performed a special one-off show for assembled crowds, in support of national charity Crisis

The festive season started in Covent Garden last night with a ‘switch on’ extravaganza, as singing sensation Paloma Faith was joined by The Kingdom Choir and stars of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical to officially ‘switch on’ the Christmas lights. This year’s festivities were in support of charity Crisis.

The multi award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical kicked off the evening’s entertainment, performing Naughty for the crowds before handing over to Royal Wedding favourites The Kingdom Choir who performed a five song medley including favourite Stand By Me to get the crowd in a festive mood. After their performance Paloma joined the stage, where she pressed the button to illuminate Covent Garden’s famous Christmas tree and the 115,000 lights adorning the Covent Garden estate.

Paloma, The Kingdom Choir and the cast of Matilda the Musical then led the crowds in a rousing rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas to end the show.

The ‘switch on’ moment lit up Covent Garden, with London’s biggest hand-picked Christmas tree - standing at 55ft tall in the piazza and weighing a whopping 1.5 tonnes – glittering with 30,000 lights. The lights also illuminated the glitter covered bow on the corner of James Street, the iconic mistletoe and glitter balls in the Market Building and the brand new ‘infinity chamber’ light installation in Conduit Court, off Floral Street.

Paloma Faith said: “It was a pleasure to turn on Covent Garden’s Christmas lights this year, I love Christmas and there is nowhere in London that evokes that magical Christmas spirit quite like Covent Garden.”




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About Capco Covent Garden:

Covent Garden is a leading retail and dining destination and is one of the most vibrant estates in the heart of central London. The area is now home to a wide variety of British, global and independent brands including Chanel, Petersham Nurseries, Tom Ford, and SushiSamba, with upcoming openings from Mariage Freres and VyTA.


Capital & Counties Properties PLC ('Capco') is responsible for the management of over 1.2 million sq. ft. of space at Covent Garden valued at £2.6 billion (as at 30 June 2018). Under Capco’s stewardship, Covent Garden has been transformed into a world-class destination, welcoming over 40 million customer visits a year and 140 new brands since 2006.


About Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco):

Capital & Counties Properties PLC is one of the largest investment and development property companies that specialises in central London real estate and is a constituent of the FTSE-250 Index. Capco's landmark London estates at Covent Garden and Earls Court were valued at £3.3 billion as at 30 June 2018 (Group share). The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.