Christmas markets and fairs in London

Wrap up your festive shopping at London's best Christmas markets and fairs

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Looking for gift inspiration? Look no further than London's Christmas markets and fairs. Among a raft of special festive events you'll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and usually a bit of glühwein to help you get into that merry spirit. Whether you're shopping for a special gift or a stocking filler, London's many Christmas markets are sure to please. We'll keep you updated with all London Christmas market information for winter 2014 as soon as it's announced.


Our favourite Christmas markets

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Christmas at Kew

Best market for...
The magical woodland setting

Nearest tube
Richmond

During the evening openings of Kew's lovely Christmas celebrations there are plenty of family-friendly attractions, including a Victorian carousel and vintage rides, Santa's grotto, a boutique Christmas market with foodie treats and live festive music. These lates, set within Kew Gardens, promise to be a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

  1. Kew Gardens Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 3
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Dusty Fingers German Winter Wunderland

Best market for...
German-style good times

Nearest tube
Hackney Downs

Dusty Fingers are bringing a touch of Deutschland to Hackney for the most wonderful time of the year, setting up a Christmas market in Clapton’s beautiful Round Chapel. As well as the usual array of vintage stalls, there’ll be arts and crafts, home wares and Christmas gifts, along with a Santa’s grotto. A smattering of snow (fake, of course) and black and white films projected onto the walls will have even the coldest hearted of Scrooges feeling all festive. In terms of food and drink, think all things German: bratwurst courtesy of Herman ze German, Boss Hog waffles, Ciderboxf and German-inspired baked goods.

  1. The Round Chapel Powerscroft Road, E5 0PU
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Hackney Flea-Mas Market

  • Free

Stock up on everything you need to make your life look more like it fell out of an interior design magazine from decades gone by at this festive version of the regular vintage market. One-of-a-kind and handmade items are the only gifts to buy the girl or guy who has everything, and your Christmas shopping will be made a pleasure with the help of carol singing, Christmas music and a café selling mulled wine and homemade cakes.

  1. Abney Hall 73A Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 OAS
  2. Sat Dec 6 - Sun Dec 21
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2014

Best market for...
Over-the-top festive spirit

Nearest Tube
Marble Arch

Hyde Park gets glammed up once again with its annual Christmassy additions. The park will be kitted out with rides and attractions, including a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses, plus the famous ice rink. The market sells decorative sweets and festive treats as well as traditional German crafts and lashings of glühwein.

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Hyper Japan Christmas Market

Best market for...
Oriental stocking fillers

Nearest tube
Kensington (Olympia)

Hyper Japan is back this November with a Christmas market celebrating Japanese culture and cuisine at its best. Visitors can browse stalls selling fashion goods, toys, wrapping paper, traditional tableware and crockery, then pick up edible presents in a food hall packed full of exotic teas, chocolate, Japanese snacks and sake. Entertainment over the weekend includes nail art appointments, martial arts displays and live J-pop music, as well as food and drink demos and traditional Japanese Taiko Drumming.

  1. National Hall Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
  2. Fri Nov 14 - Sun Nov 16
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More London Christmas Market

  • Free

Best market for...
The full package

Nearest tube
London Bridge

The annual More London Christmas Market is back, boasting a winning combination of homemade gifts and delicious food. Get your mits on handmade crafts including pottery, toys, and pashminas, in addition to a variety of cheeses, chocolates, and chutneys. There will be local choirs performing and Santa's reindeer will indeed be present - along with a Christmas grotto to boot. With views of Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the location couldn't be 'More London'.

  1. More London Riverside
  2. Mon Dec 8 - Sun Dec 21
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The White Christmas Fair

  • Free

Best market for...
Picking up crowd-pleasing gifts

Nearest tube
Battersea Park rail

More than 40 stalls will make up this gift fair where you'll find plenty of delicious treats to stock your winter larder with as well as handmade jewellery, greetings cards, wreaths and even real Christmas trees. Battersea's Doodle Bar will be in charge of the mulled wine, hot toddies and snacks, while the London Distillery Company will offer whiskey tastings and tours. You can even get your hair transformed (just in time for all those Christmas parties) thanks to Uffizi Hair's blow dry bar, or snap yourself a festive souvenir in the Christmas photo booth.

  1. Testbed1 33 Parkgate Rd, SW11 4NP
  2. Sat Dec 6 - Sun Dec 7
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The St John’s Hospice Christmas Fayre

  • Free

Best market for...
Community spirit

Nearest tube
St John's Wood

More than 50 stalls selling a tempting range of jewellery, clothing, gifts and food will fill St John's High Street with festive cheer for this fair in aid of St John's Hospice. Fairground rides will provide a dash of excitement, and the ponies will be getting into the spirit of things by wearing reindeer antlers as they take younger visitors on tours of the event. Christmas carols will be provided by local choirs.

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Winter Village

  • Free

Best market for...
Unique crafts and treats

Nearest tube
Hackney Central

Even those who find Christmas shopping more fun than opening their own presents will have one person on their list they find a challenge, so markets full of contemporary crafts, locally made art and unique edible treats like this one are a gift in themselves. If we didn't know that it was organised by the people behind Soho Flea Market and last year's Dalston Christmas Market we might think Santa himself had planned it.

  1. St John-at-Hackney Church Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0PD
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sun Dec 7
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9 comments
Andy
Andy

Hi there is an error in the first of your listings. The nearest Tube Station to Kew Gardens is Kew Gardens and not Richmond as stated.

bigsands
bigsands

There is so much to choose from the above list that I think I will start with the food at the Real Food Christmas market.

Eva
Eva

The best list of the Christmas markets I have come accross so far!

Christine Wells
Christine Wells

This guide is brilliant, enables us to make the most of our time in London, planning our day in advance and pick the markets that have products that interest us. Tube details are also very helpful..... Can't wait to visit.

Sue Large
Sue Large

This is an extremely useful guide to Christmas markets across London. Just looking at the photos makes you want to start Christmas shopping.

DC
DC

Click on list view.

Amie
Amie

This really isn't a 'guide' to london christmas markets is it? or is the rest of my page not loading?

David Reid
David Reid

Could you please forward some information about Christmas fairs. We are a new business dealing with high quality kitchen knives, garden cutting tools and sharpeners

Tracey
Tracey

Could please forward some information about Christmas fairs, we aare a new business selling hand made boys clothing, we are called Skidies4Kiddies and our logo is called cycle sid, our clothes are good quality and we would love to showcase them more in the London area. Many thanks.