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Christmas markets and fairs in London

Ditch department stores and wrap up all your Christmas shopping at London’s best festive markets and fairs for 2019

By Ellie Walker-Arnott and Things To Do Editors |
Christmas markets in London

Prepare to find all you want for Christmas at London’s brilliant Christmas markets. Whether you’re looking for festive food, traditional decorations, cutting edge arts and crafts or just shopping for a last-minute present, the capital’s selection of yuletide sales are here to help.

From traditional German-style chalet markets and full-scale events with top-notch entertainment to after dark sales full of twinkling lights and alternative artisan stalls filled with treats from local makers, you won’t be short of Christmas present inspiration in the capital. 

What are you waiting for? Have a festive frolic through one of London’s magical markets. Christmas shopping’s never looked this good.

Recommended: Your ultimate guide to Christmas in London 

Christmas markets in London

Southbank Centre Winter Market Riverside TerraceShopsMarketRoyal Festival Hall
Photograph: Gaby Harrison
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Southbank Centre Winter Market

Southbank Centre, South Bank

Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at the German-inspired wooden chalets of the Southbank Centre Winter Market. Back for another year, the market will be the perfect spot to stock up on gifts, baubles, festive food and tipples. Mulled wine and mince pies, anyone?

Photograph: Winter Wonderland
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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

Even the Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's annual tribute to festive fun. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including a grotto, obviously) or through the markets is a real treat for Christmas megafans. For access to the other festive activities, attractions and themed bars you’ll need to book tickets.

Photograph: Christmas By The River
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Christmas by the River

London Bridge City, Tower Bridge

The banks of the River Thames are home to the annual Christmas by the River. With views of Tower of London and Tower Bridge, plus a combination of gifts and hot food sold from German-style chalets, it’s a festive way to spend an hour or so. 

Kingston Christmas Market 2019
Photograph: Kingston Christmas Market
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Kingston Christmas Market

Kingston Market Place, Kingston

Kingston is getting a merry makeover with the return of its town centre’s Christmas market. Stalls will be selling handmade gifts and festive food and drink from a row of wooden cabins, bringing a Nordic feel to this south west corner of London.

Maltby Street Market
Photograph: Pete Navey
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Maltby Street Christmas Night Market

Maltby Street Market, Bermondsey

Guzzle Christmas dishes from around the globe as the iconic food market’s finest traders set up their stalls after dark beneath Bermondsey’s fairy-light-festooned Victorian railway arches. There'll be carolling, hot mulled wine, mince pies, live wreath demonstration and responsibly source Christmas trees to buy. 

Jolly Hobbies
Photograph: Japanese Christmas Market
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Jolly Hobbies Japanese Christmas Market

Hornsey Parish Church, Muswell Hill

Head to Crouch End for the ninth edition of this Japanese Christmas market where you can get your hands on traditional homeware, accessories, arts and crafts, pottery and food.

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Turning Earth Winter Ceramics Market

Turning Earth Hoxton, Haggerston

Hit up this sale where 75 of London’s coolest potters from studio Turning Earth will be selling their wares. There’ll also be throwing demos, Vietnamese street food and glögg to wash it down. Find more Christmas markets and fairs in London

Turning Earth Winter Market
Photograph: Turning Earth
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Turning Earth Winter Ceramics Market

Turning Earth Hoxton, Haggerston

Go potty at this ceramics fair where over 70 of London’s coolest ceramists will be selling their wares straight from the open studios.

House of Illustration Winter Fair 2018
Photograph: John Sturrock
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House of Illustration Winter Fair

House of Illustration, King’s Cross

Arty types on the hunt for some unusual pieces should spend the day at House of Illustration's Winter Fair. Tons of stalls will be selling everything from books and comics to prints and ceramics. 

Satanic flea market
Photograph: © Manko
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Satanic Flea Market: Anti Christmas Fayre

Electrowerkz, Angel

Allergic to all this tinsel and festive good will? Worried about hearing Cliff Richard tunes while going about your Yuletide shopping? The Satanic Flea Market has just the thing for you. Shop for prints, zines, books, toys and films for the goth in your life.

Christmas Canopy Market, King's Cross
John Sturrock
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Christmas Canopy Market at King's Cross

Granary Square, King’s Cross

Canopy Market will be open every day in the run-up to Christmas, and each week sees a different theme take over, kicking off with a special ceramics and indy artists event. Expect carol singers, live jazz, special events, seasonal master-classes, workshops and tastings. 

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