Christmas markets in London
Pay this lovely Walthamstow workshop a visit and find stalls brimming with products perfect for Christmas presents made by local designer-makers. Mulled wine and beers will be available from the bar while Walthamstow Dogs serve up hot dogs and Peter’s Jerk dishes up plates of chicken.
Deck the Howls at this doggie christmas market and get together raising funds for Cinque Ports Rescue and Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue. Get ready for a Christmas raffle, stalls full of pooch-friendly wares, live pet illustration. It's gonna be the Christmas pawty of the season (sorry).
Each season, the London Artisan curates a nifty lineup of designer makers, packing the Old Truman Brewery with jewellers, ceramicists, textile designers, graphic artists and heaps more creative types for two whole days. Get your festive fix and your mitts on items for your home, or commission one-off gifts direct from the makers. Perfect just ahead of Christmas.
Cultivate your green fingers at this festive edition of the botanical market filled. Green Rooms Christmas Market which has more businesses than ever selling indoor and outdoor plants, pots, botanical art and horticultural supplies.
Alexandra Palace is going big on the festivities this year, to mark the opening of the Alexandra Palace Theatre and East Court. Venture up the hill for a weekend Christmas market and Santa’s Grotto, as well as a festive funfair and a winter edition of the StrEATlife street food festival.
Now it’s mulled wine season we're super grateful for this covered-Christmas market, which means you can get on with browsing handmade gifts, graduate art from UAL, vinyl records and more, without the risk of getting rained on. Make sure you do the rounds of the artisan Real Food stalls and end up at the heated seating area to assess and eat your goodies.
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 and mince pies to make you feel like you've wandered into Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’.
We love this quaint mini market, which has stalls for artisan coffee, baked goods, crafts and even a rotisserie, just a gourmet loaf's throw from Broadway Market. To usher in the yuletide season, Netil Market is running a series of Christmas fairs. Head along to find one-of-a-kind gifts.
Clapham’s Winterville goes way beyond the usual chalets and bratwurst combo – think live djs, musical bingo, magicians, Mexican wrestling and a Xmas show on a double decker bus. Oh wait, there’s more - outdoor ice skating, food courtesy of Street Feast, a Backyard Cinema maze, Roller Disco and even crazy golf. Entry is free with an advanced ticket or event and on Tuesdays; otherwise, it costs from £2.
Fondue, igloos, fire pits and fairy lights – what’s not to like about Southbank Winter Festival, which is popping up beside the Thames this November. Foodies will love it, as those Winter favourites (raclette, bratwurst) will be served up alongside Indian, Greek and Asian cuisine. Entry is free, just head for Hungerford Bridge.
Each year Kingston upon Thames undergoes a kitsch makeover, with over 50 stalls in wooden chalets and a big heated marquee taking over the market place. Get in there early to source lovely Christmas tree decorations. Kids won’t want to miss the Candy Cane Forest, a space dedicated to rides and competitions. Energy levels can be seasonally replenished with a swift German street food fix.
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. A selection of indie traders will have stalls laden with handmade craft items, while bars will be serving Christmas cocktails, mulled wine, hot cider and craft beers.
Traditional Christmas market stalls, a Santa’s Grotto and festive fairytales are on the cards in bustling Leicester Square this Winter. The Underbelly team (who bring performers to the Southbank each Summer) are turning their hands to the Spiegeltent, where Yuletide drama will unfold. There will even be a little Burlesque on the agenda. Entry is free.
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 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.
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