Advent Windows 2020

December 15, 2020: Cutty Sark

December 15, 2020

The World in London

Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark Gardens, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT

Cutty Sark has travelled across the world, sailing under both the Red Ensign and the Portugese flag. She visited every major port in the world through the course of her working life and carried many different cargos all around the world, including wool, coal, shark bones, pianos, mail and rice. She brought the world to London.

Artist Joel Sydenham created the mural and worked with students from the Newhaven Pupil Referral Unit to complete it. In a year when the many international tourists have not been able to visit Greenwich, we like to remember the time when the Cutty Sark and ships like it brought goods and cultures from around the world into our city.

The Advent Window can be found in the tower next to the ship and can be seen at any time.


“Come Together”

28 King George Street

Greenwich, SE10 8QD

Lots of us are far apart from each other this year. But we’re together too. Come together at this window on King George Street.

It’s best viewed any time, but it is lit at night. 

The window will be ready by 7 p.m.


“Keep the Faith”

Ben Oakley Gallery

9 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich Market, Greenwich, SE10 9JA

We all could use a helping hand during a challenging 2020. The Advent Window at Ben Oakley Gallery will have a couple of recognisable arms coming from different directions, with hands meeting in the middle.

The window is best viewed any time.

The window will be ready by 12:01 a.m. (Not a typo.)



Art done by St. Alfege Children’s Church

St. Alfege Church Hall, Roan Street, Greenwich, SE10 9JT

In the Nativity story, the Star of Bethlehem inspired and guided the three kings to the baby Jesus. We have made stars which are both “near and far.”

Stars bring light to our dark skies. We hope that these stars that the children have made will bring joy and be a shining hope for humanity in these times.

Follow the light. Be the light. Live in the light. Amen.

The window is best viewed at night, but can be seen any time.

The window will be ready by 4 p.m. 


Precarious Pangolins

Pickwick Papers & Fabrics

6 Nelson Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NU

Stay unique and special. Be like a Pangolin. (What? You don’t know what a pangolin is? It’s also sometimes known as scaly anteaters, and are mammals of the order Pholidota.)

The window is best viewed any time. 

The window will be ready by 6 p.m.


The Joy of Christmas

James Wolfe Primary School, Randall Place Campus

Randall Place, Greenwich, SE10 8RZ

This year we are preparing for a very different Christmas. So many of our annual school traditions have had to change. However, one thing that has not changed is the awe and wonder of our children, who are keeping the Christmas spirit alive.

We may seem far away from one another, but these times bring a nearness in the form of strength and support of our community.

If we took a moment to see the world through the eyes of a child, we would experience the joy of finding happiness in many moments of our day. We can all look for positives and moments of magic every day: in nature, in acts of kindness, support and love for one another. If we hold onto and share this Christmas spirit, we will look after our children, ourselves and our whole community.

Our 2020 Advent Window hopes to bring Christmas joy to all.

The window will be ready by 3:30 p.m.

The window is best viewed any time from the road at Royal Hill.


Near and Far

Greenwich Railway Station: Art Created by Courtyard Nursery

Greenwich High Road

Greenwich, SE10 8NB

A display of twinkling stars way up high in the sky and stained glass Christmas trees closer to home. The art was created by the pupils of Courtyard Nursery.

The window can be viewed at any time.

The window will be ready by 3 p.m.


“Angels Come From Near and Far, Sometimes in Disguise”

51 Hyde Vale

Greenwich, SE10 8QQ

A very special window with music and motion, this is a window is a tribute to caring. This automata, featuring penguins, polar bears and people, is not to be missed!

The window is best viewed any time.

The window will be ready by 8 p.m.


“Nothing Can Keep Us Apart”

St. Alfege with St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School

9-10 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9RB

To represent the way in which we have had to adapt in order to stay in touch with our loved ones this year, our window will depict the traditional nativity story via a Zoom call. (Look! Everyone has a menu bar, ready for their virtual meeting.)

The window is best viewed at night. 

The window will be ready by 3 p.m.


“Light at the End of the Tunnel”

14c Park Vista

Greenwich, SE10 8UJ

There is always hope and a light at the end of the tunnel, whether near or far.

The window is best viewed any time.

The window will be ready by 1 p.m. on 6 December.