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Southbank Centre Winter Festival guide

Cider, carols and a Christmas market at the Southbank Winter Festival – it's all happening down by the river this winter

Jason Alden

This season, the Southbank Centre Winter Festival supported by NatWest is pulling out all the stops to throw their biggest and best ever Christmas celebration (running from Friday December 1 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018). There's a sack-load of Thames-side festive fun planned including one of the best Christmas markets in London, where shoppers can bag gifts, festive produce and sweet treats, and seasonal Christmas shows, guaranteed to brighten up any miserable family members shunning the festive spirit. Check out our highlights below and head down to one of the most festive events in London this winter

When is the Southbank Centre Winter Festival open?

The majority of the Winter Festival's outdoor attractions are usually open from 10am-10pm daily. The Southbank Centre is normally entirely closed on Christmas Day, with outdoor attractions staying closed on New Year's Eve. 

Where is the Southbank Centre Winter Festival?

The nearest train and tube station to the Southbank Centre is Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City Underground lines), though Embankment (Circle and District) and Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo) are just a short walk across a big river away. Many bus routes stop nearby or you can even arrive by boat to Festival Pier.

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Southbank Winter Festival: the highlights

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

You’ll find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the 50 wooden chalets that will make up the Southbank Centre Christmas Market this year; sheepskin rugs, local mead, door wreaths and even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese will all be among the goodies on sale along Queen’s Walk. 

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