Southbank Centre Winter Festival

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The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns and along with its array of festive shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. NoFit State will be bringing contemporary circus to the stage with 'Bianco' performed above, behind and around the audience (Nov 23- Jan 22), plus Christmas will get a rock 'n' roll makeover thanks to the 'Million Dollar Quartet' musical packed with tunes by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis (Dec 17-Jan 2). The annual Christmas market will be back and better than ever, and Bump Roller Disco will be offering family-friendly skating and club nights.

Find out more with our guide to the Southbank Centre Winter Festival

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The food stalls are consistently good at the back of the SBC and its good to see that the quality doesn't drop over the colder months, if you go at 4pm or after you can get some really great discounts too!


I find the larger scale events at SBC, like Winter Festival quite hard to navigate, you have to go to a central point to collect a map/programme that leads you around the buildings, once you find that it's easier! 


The venue looks lovely this year lots of lights, looks great from the balcony bar (which you're permitted to take your own booze to to drink). Lots to see for free if you're in the mood for an explore so worth a visit if you're close!

Corina B
Tastemaker

A lot of people are comparing this year to the previous years, unfortunately I am unable to do so as it is the first time I go. As a first time goer I genuinely enjoyed it, although not a lot of variety when it comes to actual things for sale there was a fair share of food stalls available. It was a very cute setup and you can see the London Eye when you're eating which is always nice. It's a great, relatively safe thing to do in the center. 

Hannah W

I love southbank and I know a lot of effort goes into these events and I think they are really fun!

Elisa R
Tastemaker

Smaller than previous years but it remains a fabulous Christmas wonder so I’m all for that! I loved it even more this year because I visited it with my boyfriend on my birthday as part of the beautiful surprises he had planned for me. After a cup of mulled cider and a walk around the market stalls, we headed towards the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, pretty cool chalet-looking almost-indoors bar surrounded by tons of beautifully smelling street food market stalls. Christmas tree and fairy lights are, of course, part of the party (see what I did there?).

Jasmin K

Very small compared to previous years. I was really let down because every year I go and love this market. I'm really not sure why they changed it this year.

Kirsty S

Not as good as previous years, a focus more on food and pop up bars than events and markets likes it better siblings - Winter Wonderland and Winterviile.


Not much selection on Winter drinks.


I visiting the Rekorderling pop up which was fun and La Soiree is back which is a great show .


I am looking forward to trying out the roller disco :) 


Worth a visit but bottom of my list