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 November 11 2016 to Wednesday January 25 2017). 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 will be open from 10am-10pm daily. The Southbank Centre will be entirely closed on Christmas Day, and outdoor attractions will be closed on New Year's Eve. Most attractions will be open on Christmas Eve (10am-6pm), Boxing Day (noon-10pm) and open on New Year's Day from 1pm.
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
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.
Find more Christmas fun in the capital
Vintage Vauxhall Monthly Market
Based in the former HQ of the London Fire Brigade in Vauxhall, this vintage market fills the cavernous space on the second Sunday of every month. Up to 60 traders set up shop with a variety of retro furniture, fashion, lighting, textiles, jewellery, vinyl, accessories, kitchenware, silverware, toys, artwork and more. Get kitsch bits for outdoors from Abbey Garden Furniture, beautfiul books from Simon Ellis, and pick up some ever-so-popular midcentury pieces from Mid Century Modern Collection.