Our Guide to London Christmas Markets

December 11, 2018 9:30 am

There’s much festive frolicking to be had at the best London Christmas Markets and we’re on hand to help you plan your visits!

It’s beginning to look a lot like we need a mug of mulled wine. There’s no place better to grab one than London’s Christmas markets and there are options galore this season. Whether you’re keen on the traditional with the family or on the lookout for a quirky adventure with a special someone, you’ll find them all here in the capital!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Market

 

This Christmas stalwart is in its eleventh year and has long been a favourite of families everywhere; transforming Hyde Park’s pristine landscape into something not even Santa could have cooked up. The market is undoubtedly one of the biggest with over 200 dreamily lit traditional Bavarian stalls, offering everything from decadent hot chocolate to stocking-stuffers to remember.
Address: Hyde Park, London
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Dates: 23 November – 6 January 2019
Prices: Free

Southbank Winter Market

 

As part of Southbank’s annual Winter Festival, the Winter Market takes Londoners away from the bustling high rises and into a village of wooden chalets. Nestled by the River Thames and right around the corner from The National Theatre, the charming stalls are packed with handmade gifts and merry culinary delights perfect for a mellow adventure. Pick up a little something for the tree and a mince pie to get into the Christmas feeling.
Address: Southbank Centre, Hungerford Car park
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10pm; Friday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Dates: 9 November – 27 December 2018
Prices: Free

Christmas in Leicester Square Market

 

Just up the street from The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery, Leicester Square is bringing a taste of Bavaria to the London Christmas market scene with bratwurst and gluhwein to spare. Fall in love with delicately crafted Christmas decorations and make ordering a grilled sausage covered in molten raclette cheese a priority. This market is ready to give the real stuff in Germany a run for its money.
Address: Leicester Square
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 8pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Dates: 9 November – 6 January 2019
Prices: Free

Camden Christmas Market

London Christmas Markets

 

Surprise, surprise – Camden’s taken an alternative approach to the festive market. Running every weekend from now till Christmas week, each Saturday and Sunday bring choirs, fairground games and even snow. Camden Market is also hosting a Santa’s Grotto and Gingerbread workshop, which is ticketed. Once you’re in Camden, you’re not far from London Zoo – why not go see their light show to round off the evening?
Address: The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Opening Hours: 1pm-6pm
Dates: Saturday and Sundays, 1 – 23 December 2018
Prices: Free

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

 

For a market that won’t let you forget you’re in London, head to London Bridge City. Browse Christmas by the River’s 68 stalls selling festive gifts, food and drinks against the backdrop of London’s most iconic landmarks, such as Tower of London, Tower Bridge and The Shard. If the stalls are not enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, you can take part in various workshops such as food tastings or arts and crafts – all with a picture-perfect view.
Address: London Bridge, SE1 2DB
Opening Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 7pm, Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Dates: 29 November to 2 January 2019
Prices: Free

Greenwich Christmas Market

 

Greenwich Market is worth visiting all year round – but even more so in the lead up to Christmas. Every Wednesday until Christmas, Greenwich Market is staying open late to celebrate the festive season – allowing you more time to find that perfect gift! Expect to find handmade jewellery, scarves, cushions and artwork – and Christmas music and mulled wine, of course. Visit the market after spending a day in Greenwich, visiting the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Fan Museum or Royal Observatory – just make sure you leave yourselves enough time to get that gift!
Address: Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm
Dates: Wednesdays, (5, 12 and 19 December 2018)
Prices: Free

Winterville, Clapham

 

Head south to Clapham and visit the Solo Craft Fair at Winterville. Shop for the perfect gift and choose from a range of affordable and unique art, jewellery, ceramics, and clothes. After the craft fair, enjoy the rest Winterville as to offer, with food stalls, DJs, comedy shows, magicians, a Christmas show, a fairground, roller disco, mini-golf, an adult puppet show, an ice rink and even a maze. One thing’s for certain – you won’t run out of things to do at Winterville.
Address: Windmill Dr, SW4 9DE.
Dates: 15 November – 23 December 2018
Prices: Tuesday – free, Wednesday – free, Thursday – £2, Friday – £2 after 3pm & £5 after 6pm, Saturday – £2 after 12pm & £5 after 6pm, Sunday – £2 after 12pm

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