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Christmas markets in London

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 2020

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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.

This year, independent shops and local makers and creators need your support more than ever, so show your support while picking up thoughtful gifts for family and friends in the bargain. 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.

Markets won’t be as atmospheric as usual – indeed, they might even be virtual. But they will be going ahead despite the challenges. So what are you waiting for? Have a festive frolic through one of London’s magical markets. Christmas shopping’s never looked this good.

We’ll be updating this page with London Christmas markets for 2020 as they are announced.

Recommended: Your ultimate guide to Christmas in London 

Christmas markets in London

Southbank Centre Winter Market Riverside TerraceShopsMarketRoyal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre Winter Market Riverside TerraceShopsMarketRoyal Festival Hall
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Southbank Centre Winter Market

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Things to do Markets and fairs The Queen's Walk, South Bank

Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames among the Southbank Centre festive alpine chalets. The venue’s winter schedule may be more modest than usual, but its colourful outdoor Winter Market remains as iconic as ever.

Look out for the series of light-based artworks adorning the trees along The Queen’s Walk as part of the market’s brand new outdoor exhibition, Winter Light, and sample seasonal delicacies including fondue, bratwurst, mulled wine and dutch pancakes while stocking up on festive goodies from a variety of traders. 

Jimmy’s Lodge returns once again to its magical riverside spot, and Applebee’s Fish is also back serving up fish and chips under a foliage-filled pagoda. Or for social distancing with style, you can book a private heated Snow Globe overlooking the London skyline to dine in. 

 

SoLo Craft Fair
SoLo Craft Fair
Photograph: Courtesy of SoLo Craft Fair

The 12 Virtual Night Markets of Christmas

Things to do Markets and fairs Online, London

SoLo Craft Fair’s annual Christmas Market is going online for 2020. Tune into their Instagram stories every Monday evening to browse hundreds of great gifts from a huge variety of independent craftspeople. If you see something you like, click through to the makers’ profile to give them a follow and find out how to buy whatever takes your fancy. Can’t tune in live? Not a problem. Each virtual market will appear as a highlight after the event so you can browse in your own time. The perfect way to support London’s talented makers from the comfort of your own living room!

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DIY Christmas Art Market

Things to do Markets and fairs Rich Mix, Shoreditch

The DIY Christmas Art Market returns for 2020, with over a hundred artists exhibiting over four floors at Rich Mix. Pick up some truly unique Christmas gifts at affordable prices, all while supporting independent makers. Expect ceramics, zines, independent publications, patches, comics, custom t-shirts & tote bags, risograph & screen prints, jewellery, and artist books.

Kingston Christmas Market

Things to do Festivals Kingston House, Kingston

Kingston is getting a merry makeover with the return of its town centre’s Christmas market, featuring chalet-style stalls peddling handmade gifts and festive food and drink. Scandinavia meets south-west London.

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Pexmas

Things to do Markets and fairs Copeland Gallery, Peckham

Peckham’s festive market is back for a nine-day residence at the Copeland Gallery. Pick up stocking fillers and foodie treats from more than fifty traders exhibiting across two weekends, or book a slot for the Pexmas Emporium during the week for a more relaxed (and socially distanced) browse through over twenty-five boutiques. Southeast London’s talented traders will also be hosting a series of crafty Christmas workshops, and there’ll even be a virtual shop online featuring the market’s best-selling items for those who can’t make it in person.

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