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Christmas markets and fairs in London

Wrap up your festive shopping at London's best Christmas markets and fairs 2016

Southbank Centre Christmas Market © Jason Alden

Looking for gift inspiration? A last-minute bauble? 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. 

Below you'll find details about all the annual Christmas markets in London, which open up as soon as things start to get festive - but do check back as we'll be updating this page with more info on 2016's Christmas markets in London soon. 

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

London's best Christmas markets

Spirit of Christmas Fair

Just when you thought Christmas couldn't get any bigger, as holidays go, it gets its own consumer show at Olympia. The vast exhibition centre will be packed with more Christmas shopping opportunities than you can shake a sleigh bell at, and workshops in festive food and gift wrapping will have you prepared for the big day itself. 

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Olympia London , West Kensington Monday October 31 2016 - Sunday November 6 2016

Christmas in Leicester Square market

The capital’s latest Crimbo destination 'Christmas in Leicester Square' will be home to a grotto, a vintage Speigeltent and a traditional Christmas market to stock up on all your trinkets and twinkles.

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Leicester Square , Leicester Square Friday November 11 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Christmas Market at Tate Modern

Pretty wooden chalets will fill the space between the Tate Modern every winter for this traditional Christmas market. Browse handmade wooden toys, unique jewellery, intricate decorations and plenty more, then tuck into bratwurst, crêpes, roasted nuts or a warming cup of glühwein. A carousel and festive music help add to the Christmas spirit.

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Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios

These open studios are a great chance to support independent designer-makers and pick up unique Christmas gifts that you won't find on the high street. With more than 170 designers taking part, there's bound to be something here for your loved ones, including furniture, lighting, jewellery, fashion accessories, clothing, ceramics, silverware and tree decorations. Plus, of course, the chance to have a peek behind the scenes of the studios.

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun. The Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter. You'll find handmade gifts and pretty confectionery sold from cute wooden huts.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Friday November 18 2016 - Monday January 2 2017

More London Christmas Market

The annual More London Christmas Market boasts a winning combination of homemade gifts and delicious food, sold from German-style chalets. 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 entertainers performing including Southwark Cathedral Bell Ringers, and with views of Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the location couldn't be 'More London'.

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Real Food Christmas Market

The festive edition of the Real Food Market offers a selection of sustainably and ethically produced fine foods but with extra added seasonal goodies. Pick up continental cheeses, Christmas puddings, cured meats and hampers for your hungriest family members, while you tuck into ready-to-eat treats such as mulled wine and mince pies.

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Southbank Centre Winter Festival

The annual Christmas market at the Southbank Centre is a cute collection of chalets selling gifts and crafts. There are also family-friendly rides, carol singers, food stalls and loads of pretty lights to add to the atmosphere.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Friday November 11 2016 - Wednesday January 25 2017

Find more festive fun in the capital

Christmas lights in London

There's nothing like the sparkle of London Christmas lights to give the city an instant festive makeover. Why not plan an outing to gaze upon Christmas lights in London ahead of a festive spot of ice skating or hitting the Christmas shops. 

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

Comments

14 comments
PSG V
PSG V

A Christmas Carol recounts the narrative of a sharp old grumpy person named Ebenezer Scrooge and his change into a gentler, kindlier man after appearances by the apparition of his previous business accomplice Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present but then to Come.

Chair F
Chair F

I love London in the Winter and especially around Christmas. The only time of year it ever felt normal to exist in London was when it is cold and full of colourful lights. 


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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.