The first advent calendar is thought to have originated in Germany in the 1800s when protestants would mark the days leading up to Christmas day with candles in anticipation of the celebration of Christ's birth.
In the 1900s the first printed advent calendars were produced. At some point, chocolate got involved and now many children (and adults) use advent calendars as a count down to Christmas day.
High Town's first Living Advent Calendar is something a little different. Each day a door is opened but behind that door, rather than chocolate, is an event which you are invited to!
From 1st to 24th December in High Town, there's singing, arts & crafts, live performances, walks, talks, food, dancing, games, movies, a litter pick and much more. It's a chance to try something new, meet your neighbours and celebrate the diversity and beauty in our local community.
This project was the idea of local resident Konni Deppe (the organiser of the Paper-star Making Workshop on 9th December in the Painter's Arms) who was inspired by similar projects in Berlin. The events have been coordinated by the High Town Community Development Worker, Sam Willis, in partnership with the wonderful folks and groups of High Town. Particular thanks to our sponsors London Edge and Royal Pharmacy.