Christmas markets in London
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 Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat. For access to the other festive activities, attractions and themed bars you’ll need to book tickets.
Southbank Centre is a glorious place to be at Christmas, so make sure you pay a visit to this London institution over the festive period. There'll be pop-ups, activities and all manner of Christmas fun to jolly up your holiday.
Expect great street food, festive performances, wintery film screenings, market stalls and loads more fun at London’s most eccentric Christmas village. It moved from east London to Clapham Common in winter 2017.
Christmas is coming to Leicester Square again, so expect sacks of festive fun and a twinkly, goodtime atmosphere in Central London for 2018. The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to Santa's grotto, traditional Christmas market, featuring several food, drink and Christmas gift stalls, and a vintage Speigeltent – a velvety, wooden, mirrored home to a stocked programme of Christmas cabaret brought to you from the Underbelly team.
Just when you thought Christmas couldn't get any bigger it goes and 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 all kinds of festive activities to get you prepared for the big day itself.