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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 2021

Edited by
Kate Lloyd
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Markets, eh? They’re pretty nice to wander around at nearly every time of year – especially if you go to a classic, bougie one like Columbia Road Flower Market and not, for example, Warrington Market, where I spent most of my teenage years buying fake Jane Norman bags that smelled of meat. But, at Christmas? Well, that’s when markets come into their own.

Every year, throughout November and December, London fills with the kind of markets that host fairy-light-lined stalls, festive street-food sellers and community tombolas, with a playlist of Christmas songs on loop in the background. In fact, whether you’re looking for tasty treats, traditional decorations and cutting-edge arts and crafts or are just shopping for a last-minute present, the capital’s selection of Yuletide stalls are here to help.

It seems especially fitting to spend the run-up to Christmas Day picking up presents from markets this year, given what a tough two years it’s been for London’s independent businesses. Local makers, creators and traders need your support more than ever, and popping to a ceramics fair or a vintage furniture market is a great way to do just that. Plus, you can’t deny that even a trip to the touristy German-style chalet market on the South Bank is an unbeatable way to serve those festive feels. Christmas shopping’s never looked as good.

We’ll be updating this page with London Christmas markets for 2021 as they are announced.

Recommended: Our complete guide to Christmas in London.

Christmas markets in London

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  • King’s Road
Chelsea is getting a glow-up this Christmas. Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and Sloane Square will be decked out with clusters of star lights and twinkling trees. There will also be a festive food market in Duke of York Square, and Christmas cocktails at the Winter Terrace in Sloane Square.

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  • Portobello Road

Portobello’s famous stretch of antique markets (the largest in the world), is getting the festive treatment in the run-up to Christmas. Every weekend until December 19, the period pieces, bargains and bric-à-brac will be joined by stalls selling Christmas decorations and artisanal gifts from the city’s designer-makers. Not normally open on Sundays, the area will be running festive artisan fairs over its winter weekend run, with stalls run by local businesses and makers. 

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  • Tower Bridge

London Bridge City’s annual Christmas market is back. Enjoy scenic views over the river Thames while browsing the German-style chalets dotted around Hays Galleria and City Hall. A handful of bars will be serving up Christmas cocktails, warm cider, mulled wine and craft beers, while more than 60 traders will be on hand selling gourmet treats and handmade gifts.

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  • Tottenham

Top-notch London ceramics studio Turning Earth’s annual winter market makes its much-anticipated return this December. There will be at least 70 great makers selling their wares at the all-new (and very swish) Haringey premesis. This is an ideal place to grab a Christmas gift for the discerning culture vulture in your life. Visitors will also get to ‘have a go’ themselves, thanks to wheel throwing and hand-made demos taking place across the weekend. A stall selling donated work will also be raising money for local charities.

 

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  • King’s Cross

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

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  • Belgravia

Belgravia is going to be transformed into a winter wonderland once again, with beautiful Christmas displays to kick off the festive season. The spectacular lights will be spread across Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street, Pimlico Road, Eccleston Yards and Halkin Arcade. They’re calling it ‘With Bells On’, which we like.

The Eccleston Yards Christmas Market is open every day from 11am to 5pm and will feature handmade gifts, mince pies, mulled wine and all the other Christmassy things you’d expect. 

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  • Walthamstow

Looking for unique gifts to give your loved ones this Christmas? Get down to the Christmas Independent Ceramics Market, where you’ll find students and established artists selling their wares. Expect everything from mugs to sculpture straight from the hands of more than 100 makers. The market will also liven up your shopping experience with a sound system, mulled wine and festive food. Smashing. 

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Brixton Village has a three-week, multi-strand programme of events across November and December, featuring live music, nightlife performances, seasonal markets, and food and drink. 

It all kicks off on November 25 with the grand lights switch-on (8pm) and the reveal of eco-florist Stems Wilder’s display of Christmas wreaths. 

There are special Christmas markets every Sunday from November 28 (11am-4pm). They will focus on art and design, fashion, and beauty and wellbeing, showcasing work by south London creatives. Brands include homeware store Artisan Stories and Circus, known for its vintage and one-off finds. There will be mulled wine stalls, plus DJs.

Performance-wise, there’s queer cabaret from Ebony and Tito on Saturday November 27 (8pm-10pm), and music from The Grassroots Band, (Thursday November 25, 6pm-11pm, Brixton Village Courtyard), Kadija Kamara (Thursday December 2, 7pm-10pm, The Natural Bar Pop-Up, Granville Arcade Unit 25) and Effie, (Wednesday December 9, 7pm-10pm, The Natural Bar Pop-Up). 

Brixton Village is also promising cocktails and food discounts Monday-Wednesday.

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Last year, Crafty Fox’s Christmas markets went online only. Now they’re back in business. Expect to find bespoke homeware, art, cards and other lovingly made stocking fillers at the events coming up at the Department Store in Brixton on November 27 and 28, Mercato Metropolitano on December 4 and 5 and The Crossing on December 19. Or you can buy all the felt pieces and beads you need to make them yourself. If 2021 isn’t the year of your handmade Christmas presents, it’s never going to happen.

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  • Shepherd’s Bush

The Hawk’s Nest is an outdoor, covered twinkling woodland hideaway under the railway arches near Goldhawk Road tube that does a nice line in cocktails and pizza. On Sunday afternoons in the run-up to Christmas, it will be home to a gift market, featuring By Olive tableware, Kitty Joyas jewellery, Ilex Studio vases and many other desirable items. Local artists will be selling their artwork, prints and Christmas cards. And there will be piles of baked goods and gallons of hot beverages, both alcoholic and non. After the market closes at 6pm, comedian Jamie Allerton will host a carol-singing session. Also, keep December 21 free for a quiz and festive film screening.

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  • Angel

Allergic to tinsel and festive goodwill? Worried about accidentally 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.

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  • Oxford Street

Head to the mews behind the historic shop and you’ll find even more cheer with the return of its Christmas market. You’ll find food trucks curated by Street Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue and mulled wine, warm apple cider, hot buttered rum, craft beer, cocktails and more to keep you fuelled up while you hit the stalls full of Christmas trees, decorations and gifts. Cap off your visit with a go on some fairground rides. 

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  • Fitzrovia

Our favourite boutique club hosts its annual Christmas market on each of the two Saturdays before Christmas. Indie sellers hawking stocking fillers, vinyl, books and vintage curios include Babak Ganjei, Caught by the River, Cold War Steve, Heavenly Recordings, Lizzie Walker, Rough Trade Books, Elliot Eastwick’s World Famous Hot Sauce and Fiyah Wata. 

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  • South Bank

The Southbank Centre’s seasonal food stands and winter pop-up bars will be on hand serving up festive favourites, warming drinks and whatnot. Gourmet cheese toasties, truffle burgers and duck wraps, fondue, bratwurst, eggnog, pancakes, mince pies and loads more.

Jimmy’s Winter Lodge, and the heated snowglobes, will also be making a return. Get cosy in your little private globe while making a mess with Jimmy’s legendary cheese fondue. Further down you’ll find vibey boozemongers Beltane & Pop, who’ll have you sorted for cider, mulled wine and hot toddies. 
 
Meanwhile you’ll have Plonk at Bar Under The Bridge, a nine-hole Yule-themed minigolf course. Heated? Yes. Covered? Yes. With a bar? Mais oui.

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More Christmas? Check out the best lights in London
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There’s nothing like the sparkle of London’s Christmas lights to give the city an instant festive makeover. Why not plan an outing to gaze upon Christmas lights in London ahead of a spot of ice skating or hitting the Christmas shops?

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