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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 hamper full 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. Pick your local area or venture across town with our guide to all the best annual Christmas markets in London.

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

Christmas markets in central London

The Garage Sale

The people behind The Poundshop return to the ICA with a celebration of independent designers and makers who'll be selling new products and work in progress samples at lower prices. Visitors can pick up unique Christmas presents priced between £1-£100 from over 60 designers including Scout Editions, APFEL and One We Made Earlier.

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ICA , St James' Until Sat Dec 3

Monocle Christmas Market

This hidden gem of a fair returns for another year in 2016. Tucked away in Marylebone, the immaculate offices of Monocle, the international news magazine and radio station, are opening to the public for their annual Christmas market. Expect internationally inspired treats, gifts and activities plus live music, food from the Monocle Café, and stalls from lots of classy shops. 

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Midori House Courtyard , Marylebone Until Sunday December 4 2016

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

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 Until Sunday January 8 2017

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 Until Sunday January 8 2017

The Christmas Forest

Every tree sold at these pop-up forests springing up in the capital will result in another tree being planted in the drylands of Africa via the Charity Tree Aid. This year they hope to hot their 200,00th tree, helping to re-green environments and improve the lives of families living in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Mali. Ten forests will be selling trees, holly, mistletoe and wreaths across Dulwich, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Lavender Hill, Finsbury Park and other parts of London with a delivery service available. 

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Various , London Until Saturday December 24 2016

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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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 Until Monday January 2 2017

Selvedge Advent Festival

Selvedge's first Advent Festival features a wide range of textile-inspired events and workshops to get you feeling crafty this Christmas. Browse fine fabrics and haberdashery items from across the globe at The Merchants' Fair before booking yourself onto a block-print wrapping paper making session or a workshop in the art of Hungarian hand-cut felt appliqué.

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Various London venues , London Until Sat Dec 3

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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Christmas markets in north London

Camden Christmas Market

Every Thursday 'til Christmas, pop along for stalls, live music, food, and a bar open til 9pm, with a different theme each week. The market kicks off with 'Camden Curates' before hitting 'Deck The Walls' (homewares), stocking fillers and food and drink.

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Camden Market , Camden Town Thursday December 8 2016 - Thursday December 15 2016

The Islington Christmas Market

Now in the Angel shopping centre, this market has more than 60 stalls selling gifts, crafts, food products and plenty more will be pitched on Islington Green for just over two weeks this December. The market, which includes Santa's Grotto, has been going strong since its first Christmas five years ago.

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Angel Central , Angel Until Saturday December 24 2016

Sunday Artisan Market

Pick up original artwork, clothing, ceramics, accessories, prints, food produce and more at this fair championing independent designers and makers. A cafe will be serving up Peruvian grub, hot drinks and cakes for hungry shoppers.

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Hampstead Community Centre , Hampstead Monday December 19 2016 - Wednesday December 21 2016

Christmas markets in south London

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios

These open studios, celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2016 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.

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Cockpit Arts Deptford , Deptford Until Sunday December 4 2016

London Bridge City Christmas Market

This annual market returns 2016, with a winning combination of homemade gifts and delicious food, sold from German-style chalets. Get your mitts on handmade crafts from over 100 independent traders and peruse pop-up food stalls and bars serving Christmas cocktails, mulled wine, hot cider and craft beers. Film screenings, live music and entertainment will also feature.

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More London Riverside , London Bridge Until Tuesday January 3 2017

Big Top Christmas Bazaar

Browse a Christmas market indoors this years with these weekend events from Marbles & Ware. Open til 8pm on Sundays, there are plenty of performances from musicians and storytellers as well as cocktails served to reward you after you finish the Christmas haul.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Saturday December 17 2016

The London Illustration Fair

London’s only illustration-dedicated fair returns with artist-led stands and workshops. Showcasing the most innovative and exciting studios and agencies working in London today including Hatto Press and East End Print, there will also be installations including portraits from Calais, a 3D collage by Kristjana S Williams and a performance by Guido Iafigliola on the opening night. You’d be mad to miss out on unique Christmas gifts onsale here.

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Bargehouse , South Bank Until Sunday December 4 2016

Surrey Docks Farm Christmas Fair

A festive breath of fresh air on the farm, this family-friendly market returns in 2016 featuring local food stalls, a farm shop and plenty of produce from this year's harvest (and, yes, the famous peach brandy is back...). There'll also be donkey rides, chestnuts to roast and a Santa's grotto complete with elves. The farmyard's animals will be ready and waiting for some serious cuddles/strokes. All proceeds go towards  the farm.  

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Surrey Docks Farm , Rotherhithe Saturday December 3 2016

Christmas markets in east London

Museum of London x Craft Central pop-up

The Museum of London pairs up with Craft Central for an inspired Christmas market this year flogging Clerkenwell ceramics from Helen Beard, architectural prints from Monokraum and jewellery and accessories inspired by suffragette slogans and the Cheapside Hoard.

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Museum of London , Smithfield Until Friday December 23 2016

Crafty Fox Market

This is the ultimate craft market for emerging designers and makers. A handpicked line-up of traders selling ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and more pop up regularly across town and often include workshops for hands-on fun.

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The Dogstar , Brixton Until Thursday December 15 2016

East Village Christmas Makers Market

This market returns in 2016, giving visitors another chance to pick up unique Christmas gifts for loved ones. The 'hygge' themed affair will have everything from homeware and food, to fashion and accessories, showcasing the likes of Geo-Fleur, Mr Studio London, Slow Spit and Juniper Weaves. See the East Village website for details on makers and workshops running alongside the market.

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East Village , Stratford Until Sunday December 11 2016

Sutton House's Christmas Craft Fair and Santa's Grotto

The east London Tudor manor house will be transformed into a handmade haven with stalls from the organisers of Embankment Summer Market, Soho Flea Market and Dalston Christmas Market. Look out for carol performances, film previews and local theatre productions too.

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Sutton House , Hackney Until Sunday December 18 2016

Redchurch Street Christmas Market

Cocktails and a festive warm punch on the first weekend in December, monogramming at Modern Society Dec 1-17 and wreathmaking are all on the menu on various days of the Redchurch Christmas market. Enjoy live music on Thursday, carol-singing, cocktails and cheese on Saturday, and wreathmaking on Monday as well as the discounts and special services running all over all week.

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Redchurch Street , Shoreditch Until Wednesday December 7 2016

Roman Road Christmas Fair

A Christmas fair comes to Roman Road Yard Market for the first time this year: seasonal treats like mulled wine and hot chocolate and a Santa’s grotto, market, craft workshops for the kids, delicious hot food and drinks and a bit of seasonal entertainment too. 

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Roman Road , Bow Saturday December 3 2016

Independent Ceramics Market

Shop from a unique range of original items at this two-day fair offering 50 stalls from a new wave of independent ceramicists and potters. An on-site café will offer refreshments.

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EPIC Dalston , Stoke Newington Sunday December 4 2016

The Urban Makers East Christmas Market

This Christmas market returns once again in 2016, bringing over 50 designers to the east London masses. Find locally made jewellery, art, clothing, cards, ceramics, artwork and plenty more alongside workshops in the art of origami.

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Mile End Arts Pavilion , Mile End Saturday December 10 2016 - Sunday December 11 2016

Christmas markets in west London

Portobello Winter Festival

Over on Portobello Green, there's a grotto, live calypso, a Christmas choir, rum shack, children's orchestra and stalls for West London's fabulous market this yuletide.

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Various , London Until Sunday December 4 2016

Christmas at Duke of York Square

The King's Road gets into the festive spirit with a whole sackload of Christmassy fun including Christmas lights from November 12, a Santa's grotto, lots of extra festivities and a beautiful tree adding to the joy.

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Duke Of York Square , Chelsea Until Sunday December 4 2016

Family Holiday Shopping Pop-Up

More than 40 independent children's boutiques from around the world under one roof. Creative toys, gifts, stylish clothes and accessories and home decor are all on sale, with sweet activities to keep your little ones entertained, drinks and nibbles to recharge your shopping batteries, discounts and prizes to win offered all weekend too.

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Chelsea Town Hall , Chelsea Until Sunday December 4 2016

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

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PSG V
PSG V

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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.