Whether you’re looking for festive food, classic decorations, arts and crafts or that last-minute gift, you can find all you want for Christmas at a London market.
Whatever your take on Christmas shopping, the crowds on Oxford Street are enough to make even the jolliest shopper say humbug. Luckily, we can offer you the best of alternatives: a festive frolic through one of London’s magical markets.
Here’s our pick of London’s best Christmas markets and fairs to help you check off your seasonal shopping list – with enough festive delights to make Santa eat his jolly old heart out.
We’ll be updating this page with more events for Christmas 2019 as they are announced.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most wasteful. Find ethical alternatives at London's Zero Waste Christmas Market. This year the festive eco-friendly extravaganza will host 45 ethical traders flogging their zero-waste, plastic-free, sustainable and vegan-friendly wares. There will be mulled wine, vegan food, deposit mug schemes and churros.
You crafty so and so. Want to get your mitts on heaps of gorgeous gifts? Well, the Crafty Fox Market is a great place to start. Whether you're after original homeware or artwork, cards and handmade toys, you're sure to find something special even for those that are notoriously hard to buy for.
Join Urban Makers for a weekend of festive frivolity and plenty of unique stocking-filler opportunities at their special Christmas market where you can buy directly from carefully curated, handpicked local and independent makers. Over 50 different designer-makers will be trading their beautiful wares from homewares, textiles, accessories, jewellery to ceramics, kids wear, original prints and art, festive decorations and a whole heap more.
Have yourself a merry little cruel-free Christmas and celebrate a wonderful array of companies and gorgeous vegan food. Browse around the fayre and find your next Christmas present while supporting ethical organisations.
Rotherhithe’s Finnish and Norwegian Churches provide the backdrop for this annual festive fair lined with stalls selling Scandinavian treats, decorations, toys and gifts. Tuck into hearty dishes and sip a warming mug of Nordic glögg. There’ll also be musical performances all weekend to get you in the Yuletide mood. Find more Christmas markets and fairs in London
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.
Crafty e-tailer Etsy comes to London for the latest in its series of offline shopping events where you can cram your bags full of unique stocking-fillers. Everything on sale has been made in the capital, from toys and clothes to artisan foods and one-off homewares. Go for the gift-giving opportunities and stay for mulled wine, festive workshops and Christmas music.
These open studios are a great chance to support independent designer-makers and pick up unique Christmas gifts you won't find on the high street. With more than 70 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.
Why not think outside the box when buying Christmas presents? Browse and buy affordable artworks direct from a diverse community of artists from a wide range of artistic backgrounds, that includes established illustrators, designers, independent publishers, ceramists, all exhibiting alongside their up-and-coming contemporaries. There's really no excuse for you to give someone rubbish novelty socks this year.
This free Sunday market will showcase over 90 ceramicists, including current students, up-and-coming graduates, and established ceramicists from various studios. With a diverse range of original ceramics for sale from lamps, tableware and vases to sculptures and unique pieces, this is the ideal location for discovering a new wave of ceramic artists.
Each season, the London Artisan curates a nifty lineup of designer-makers, packing its markets with jewellers, ceramicists, textile designers, graphic artists and heaps more creative types. Head along to get your mitts on items for your home, or commission one-off gifts direct from the makers.
Go potty at this ceramics fair where over 70 of London’s coolest ceramists will be selling their wares straight from the open studios.
The team behind Pexmas are expecting thousands of visitors to their annual weekend of festivities, and no wonder; there's a veritable hamper of goodies on offer. Check out stalls, mulled wine, street food and fun activities at this local fave.
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.
Sample is a village fete with a London twist. This pop-up market is a chance to see the work of new designers, craft makers and seasonal food stallholders all in the lush Penninsula Garden. Expect live music, street theatre and family-friendly activities, as well as a towering Helter Skelter to take a spin on.
Go wild with Christmas consumerism without the guilt at this annual fair selling ethical gifts. 20 traders will bring a tempting selection of Fairtrade, handmade, eco and vintage items that you can snap up to make your home more festive or to give to loved ones come the big day.
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.
This hidden gem of a fair returns for another year in 2019. 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 treats from Monocle's favourite international brands, gifts and activities plus live music, food from the Monocle Café and a visit from Santa's reindeer.
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 mulled wine and cakes.
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.
Looking for unique Christmas gifts that the whole family will love? Then look no further than the Christmas Craft market at Dulwich Village. Filled with over 60 independent traders selling handmade crafts you'll be guaranteed to find something - even for those who are notoriously hard-to-buy for. Make sure you stop by the bar afterwards for Christmas tipples and nibbles. After all, Christmas shopping is thirsty work.
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