Scandinavian Christmas Market

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Scandinavian Christmas Market
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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. 



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Great market to get you in the mood for Christmas. As other reviewers have noted, take a fair amount of cash but some stalls take a card. It's worth queuing to get into the churches. The line ebbs and flows, depending on mealtimes but you will find some lovely handmade items and perishables. Not cheap but the reward is a variation on gifting and festive nibbles. Friday is a good time to pop in to preview and avoid the crowds and first thing/last thing over the weekend also less of a crush.

I have been meaning to check this scandi market out every year but never quite made it as it's only on for one weekend. It's really close to Rotherhithe station and there is an outdoor market sandwiched in between a Nordic and a Finnish church. Loving everything Moomin and meatballs I ventured for the food alone...there was a great array of hot dogs, meatballs with lingonberry, waffles, gingerbread and hot chocs which smelt amazing and were reasonably priced. The church entrance fees are £1 each and with there only being one cash machine which charges per transaction (pet peeve) I would bring some cash with you. After paying into the Nordic church it was very small inside but had a good atmosphere with plenty of food stalls and tree decorations. Although the outdoor tents had the best to offer. I hoped there would be more artsy and crafty items for sale but still a nice, albeit small, market to visit.


The market only ran for a few days this year - but hopefully they'll be back in 2016 as this was a brilliant way to spend my Sunday! It takes place on Albion street, running between the Norwegian Church and the Finnish church on the street. It's called the Scandinavian market, but actually there are 2 markets running, one in each church, with market stalls running in between. 

Both churches ask for a £1 donation which is well worth it - as the stalls inside are full of fun, interesting and unique gifts and food. Selling everything from food from the countries to clothes and decorations and toy. We bought a couple of small presents for Christmas, but plenty of people were stocking up baskets with huge amounts of stuff. 

Food wise it was great, being cheap in most instances and really showing off Scandinavian food with open sandwiches, rye bread and reindeer stew (which was actually pretty damn great!). 

A great way to spend a day, and whenever it got cold, we just topped up our glogg and bought waffles!


A little small but great selection of gifts and weird treats.

I would recommend to have a look if you live in the area, but not worth the trip if you live far away.

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