London Christmas Markets and Fairs

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Southbank Centre's Winter Market (c) Belinda Lawley
Southbank Centre's Winter Market (c) Belinda Lawley
Taste of London: Festive Edition
Christmas by the River
Christmas by the River


London's magical Christmas markets and festive fairs are worth wrapping up warm and stepping outside for, with tempting food, warming cocktails and the chance to turn Christmas present shopping into a fun day out rather than a dreaded chore. For cosy Christmas accommodation nearby, take a look at our fabulously festive Christmas hotels guide.

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Wintertime at Southbank Centre

The ever-popular market returns along with Nordic inspired entertainment.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 9th November 2018 to 6th January 2019


Wintertime at Southbank Centre, the last chapter in the year-long Nordic Matters, brings a rooftop Finnish Rooftop Sauna, ABBA-oke and the ever-popular winter market to the South Bank. Danish children's theatre company Teater Refleksion and theatre artist Andy Manley invite families and young children on a magical, poetic journey through the dark and beautiful night with Night Light (19th to 31st December), Norwegian musician and the pioneer of ice instruments Terje Isungset presents a live performance of his ice music (on 15th December) and there's an afternoon of Nordic themed activities, with music, storytelling and craft for all the family on 23rd December. The entire 21 acre site is transformed into a winter landscape with a Nordic feel, designed by Hemingway Design, with hundreds of Christmas trees, an immersive ABBA exhibition, Super Troupers, Slava's Snowshow, choirs, carols and classical music. As well as free Tango classes and East London Drag Star Ginger Johnson there's a day inspired by ABBA and A Vintage New Year's Eve Party with fantastic views of the London fireworks.


Christmas in Leicester Square

Christmas comes to the heart of London for the second year.


A new place to get in the festive spirit, Christmas in Leicester Square returns for a second year in 2017, bringing a Santa's grotto, traditional Christmas market and a spiegeltent with a programme of shows to the very heart of London. Underbelly, who helped develop Winter at Southbank Centre and who are best known in London for their Wonderground festivals on the Southbank, are behind this event so it won't be hard to repeat that success in a more central location. Shows in the spiegeltent include Al Murray: The Pub Landlord's Festive Saloon, the Black Cat Cabaret, A Christmas Carol and House of Burlesque.


Taste of London: Festive Edition

Top London restaurants and talented chefs come together under one roof.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 16th - 19th November 2017


The winter edition of Taste of London presents 22 of London's top restaurants and a host of talented chefs under one roof for a festive treat at Tobacco Dock. Ollie Dabbous, Jackson Boxer (from Brunswick House) and Lee Westcott who can usually be found at the Typing Room, are joined by Sebby Holmes (Farang) and Sam Kamienko (Ellory). They're all appearing live on stage at the AEG Taste Theatre, hosted by food journalist and Instagram star Rosie Birkett. Satistying two London food trends, there's a special Fire Pit section with experts tips on cooking with fire and smoke as well as the largest cheese competition on the planet, The World Cheese Awards 2017.


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

A magical wonderland takes over Hyde Park for a winter of festive fun and games.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019


Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its eleventh year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. There's a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom where you can go on a Deep Sea Adventure. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet - and traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and Bavarian-style bars and cafes. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you'll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance - but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.



The wonderland moves to south London for 2017.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: 15th November to 23rd December 2018


After taking over Victoria Park for the past few years, Winterville moves to Clapham Common for 2017. South London's answer to Winter Wonderland, the town of Winterville brings together a number of classic Christmas season favourites, including an ice rink - the first to come to Clapham Common - a Big Wheel and a Christmas market. Backyard Cinema will be creating an enchanted forest named The Winter Night Garden, Plonk Golf and the roller disco will provide alternative entertainment, and the Street Feast area will bring together traders like Up In My Grill, Mother Clucker, Petare and SE Cakery. The Spiegeltent also returns with a line-up of cabaret, comedy and family Christmas shows, including an opening weekend set from Norman Jay MBE and free shows from Guilty Pleasures, Ultimate Power, South London Soul Train and Gin & Juice. Ticketed shows include Cirque du Cabaret, Mexican Wrestling and The Merry Marys from Sink The Pink.


Dolce & Gabbana's Christmas Market

The designer duo bring a traditional Italian market to London.

Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW3 1RT

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 02nd November - 28th December 2017


As huge fans of the festive season, designer duo Dolce and Gabbana are bringing a Christmas Market to Harrods this winter. Designed in the style of an Italian piazza, it will take over the fourth floor with traditional looking stalls selling everything from Italian fruit and sweets to pasta and, of course, the brand's products. Buy D&G phone cases, pool sliders, perfume, suits, dresses and make up and get your purchases personalised. The store's windows, meanwhile, will be decorated in the style of a Sicilian puppet theatre to pay homage to D&G's heritage, with the duo represented as marionette puppets.


Christmas by the River

This Christmas market boasts a scenic backdrop.

London Bridge, 203 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 29th November 2018 to 2nd January 2019


One of London's most picturesque festive markets, Christmas by the River is back for its fourth year in 2017. Taking place in London Bridge, the market boasts a backdrop of London landmarks including Tower Bridge, Tower of London and the City skyline and brings together 68 stalls selling gifts, food and drink. Traders include Studio Hop and Sian Eymur, selling boutique winter accessories; The Little Tibet, Turkish the Light and London Art Life, offering stockings and artisan gifts; and Jim & Tonic, The Lambassadors, Georgie Porgies Puddings and New England Seafood, serving up traditional food and drink. There will also be a range of workshops throughout the festive period.


Greenwich Winter Time Festival

A Christmas market plays a big part of this winter festival.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: 01st - 31st December 2017


This December, Greenwich Winter Time brings Martine McCutcheon, The Snowman and a covered ice rink, set against the beautiful backdrop of Christopher Wren's Old Royal Naval College. Spend three hours at the festival and you'll encounter actors, musicians, jugglers, magicians, wandering performers and a stage adaptation of Nicholas Allan's The Giant's Loo Roll. A special treat for families, the East London Brass perform live to The Snowman, and young ones can meet Father Christmas on his magical 'launch pad' at the beginning of his Christmas journey. On the ice, under a canopy of sparkling lights, freestyle ice-skaters show us how it's done, performing at the start of each session. The Mirror Stage is the place to go for live music from Martine McCutcheon, The Puppini Sisters and The Magnets as well as festival favourites Uncle Funk and Boogie Wonderband, DJs and choirs. Alongside artisan food stalls there's a wonderful Christmas market. On throughout December, the festival culminates in a spectacular closing night gala on New Year's Eve.


Christmas at The Cheesegrater

London's newest Christmas market opens in The Leadenhall Building.

Leadenhall Building or The Cheesegrater, 122 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4AB

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Monument Station, Bank Station, Aldgate Station


Dates: 27th November - 22nd December 2017


This November, London's newest Christmas market opens in The Leadenhall Building - aka The Cheesegrater. Located in the 28-metre-high open atrium at the foot of the building, the market features a 30ft tall Christmas tree and seventeen German-style wooden chalets decorated in twinkling fairy lights and sprigs of holly. A diverse range of traders will sell everything from Punjabi street food to French macaroons and Turkish ceramics to Indian shawls. Choirs will entertain visitors with Christmas carols throughout the month, along with special guest performances from singer-songwriter Tom Korni and jazz singer Becky Bennett.


Drink, Shop & Do Christmas Market

Buy unique Christmas gifts from talented local artists.

Drink Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 17th December 2017


Perfect for picking up some quirky last-minute gifts, the Drink, Shop & Do Christmas Market welcomes a number of talented local artists and designers to transform the venue into a festive grotto for the day. The line-up includes It's OK Kid, selling handmade bespoke wall banners; Caffinated Crafter, offering one-of-a-kind handmade hoop art, brooches and patches; and Big Happy Designs, whose bold and bright handmade jewellery is sure to make a statement. There will also be festive music and a bar stocked with mulled wine, hot cider and Christmas cocktails.

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