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
Christmas Craft Fair and Santa's Grotto
Southbank Centre's Winter Market (c) Belinda Lawley
Southbank Centre's Winter Market (c) Belinda Lawley
Taste of London Winter
Bust Christmas Craftacular
Christmas Makers Market at East Village E20
Christmas Makers Market at East Village E20
 

 

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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Southbank Centre Christmas Market

The traditional wooden chalets line the South Bank once again.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 11th November - 08th January 2017

 

The Southbank Centre Christmas Market returns with the chalet-style stalls once again lining the riverfront between Waterloo Bridge and the London Eye. Strolling on the riverside at this time of year is one of the best free things you can do in London and with the pretty market on the pedestrian promenade it becomes a real treat. The traditional wooden chalets sell all kinds of gifts, such as hand-crafted trinkets, wooden toys, jewellery, candles, ceramics, clothes and glass ornamental Christmas tree decorations. Of course, it's also all about the food and drink, with sausages, hog roasts, candy floss, chocolates and sweets all on offer. The Southbank Centre Christmas Market comes under the umbrella of the Southbank Winter Festival, which includes music, theatre and comedy for all ages.

 
 
 

The Christmas Arcade

Fortnum & Mason takes over Somerset House with this festive pop-up.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 12th November - 01st January 2017

 

Back for a second year, the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Arcade transforms the West Wing of Somerset House into a Christmassy pop-up version of the flagship Piccadilly store. Showcasing the very best of Fortnum & Mason's world-renowned products, it will be the perfect place to stop by and pick up some festive treats, from foodie fare and fashion accessories to Christmas decorations and unique gifts. The pop-up will be split into different themed rooms, dedicated to men's and women's gifts, a Christmas room with a children's section and confectionary, and new for this season, there will be a fresh food range, boasting smoked salmon that's been house cured on the roof of the Piccadilly department store. Also available to buy will be two, limited-edition Christmas tree decorations: an exquisite, hand-embroidered miniature cushion depicting a skate scene at Somerset House and a beautiful, mouth-blown, porcelain bauble with gold glitter, both only available at The Christmas Arcade.

 
 
 

Taste Of London Winter

Food stalls from top London restaurants come to east London.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 17th - 20th November 2016

 

More than 30,000 visitors typically enjoy the foodie event presented as "the perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven". At 'Taste of London Winter' the kings and queens of cookery share their top tips for making the festive season a culinary triumph. As well as the opportunity to take part in live cooking demonstrations you can give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients to inject some inspirational spark into your family's tried and tested festive classics. A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants come to the east London's Tobacco Dock offering tastings and food demonstrations.

 
 
 

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: 18th November - 02nd January 2017

 

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. The traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and various Bavarian-style bars and cafes is a hoot, as is the Spiegel Saloon, a large, festive and fully covered restaurant. Don't go with an empty wallet because while the whole thing is not cheap, it's such fun you'll want to get into the spirit and spend. (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.

 
 
 

Hyper Japan Christmas Market

A festive take on the event full of kitsch gifts and crafting.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th November 2016

 

The Hyper Japan Christmas Market offers a festive take on the event, which showcases the culture, customs, language, travel and anime of Japan in a big, vibrant showcase. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, visitors will be able to browse stalls selling kawaii clothing and kitsch gifts, and take part in craft courses ranging from paint-your-own kistune (fox) masks, to kokeshi doll decoration. Sample all kinds of food from Japanese curry to traditional wagashi sweets. Vote for your favourite tipple in the Sake Cocktail Awards, and enjoy live entertainment from acrobatic girl group, The Hoopers, metal chanteuse, Fuki, and the reincarnation of 80s pop sensation, Shohjyotai.

 
 
 
 

Sutton House Christmas

Head to Hackney for a Christmas market in one of London's oldest homes.

Sutton House, 2 & 4 Homerton High Street, London, E9 6JQ

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 26th November - 18th December 2016

 

Hackney's oldest country house is home to a Christmas market every weekend from 26th November until 18th December, the halls are decorated with Pantomime characters and there's a programme of special events. On certain evenings you can catch carol performances, film previews, local theatre productionsand Tudor banquets hosted by The Art of Dining. The market is curated by the people behind Embankment Summer Market, Soho Flea Market and Dalston Christmas Market, so you can expect designer stalls and delicious food and drink. Father Christmas himself will be in his magical double-decker caravan (who needs a sleigh in this day and age?) where you can discover what makes reindeer fly.

 
 
 

Marbles & Ware Big Top Christmas Bazaar

Browse the stalls while listening to live music and sign up for storytelling on Sunday.

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 26th November - 18th December 2016

 

Every Saturday and Sunday, for four weeks from Saturday 26th November, Marbles & Ware host their annual Christmas Bizarre Bazaar with a whole host of independent young, artisan traders showcasing and selling their wares at The Vaults. Handmade jewellery, clothing, decorations and unusual crafty goods are all at the Bizarre Bazaar under the Victorian railway arches. While you explore the stalls there's live music and warming cocktails and on select Sundays there will be Christmas Storytelling with The Embers Collective. Sundays will also bring Bloody Derbys and Roast Dinners designed by award winning chef Andy Duncan of Hatchetts in Mayfair priced at 35 pounds per person.

 
 
 

Christmas Makers Market at East Village E20

The market takes on a 'Hygge' theme this year.

East Village, , London, E20

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 26th November - 11th December 2016

 

The Christmas Makers Market at East Village takes on a 'Hygge' theme this year, based on the Danish art of 'living cosily'. Held on weekends in December, there's a different line-up of retailers at each market. So you may find Scandinavian homeware from Att Pynta at one and Christmas gifts by Aerende at the next. Shop for sustainable Scandic-inspired Plywood Christmas Trees by Kreisdesign, cosy embroidered slippers from Olive Loves Alfie or Danish ceramics from SkandiHus. Allpress coffee will be provided by We Are Here Coffee and visitors can try their hand at making their own Christmas gifts and decorations, with Geo-fleur showing us how to create an alternative Christmas wreath and Slow Split demonstrating how to craft a butter knife from reclaimed wood.

 
 
 

BUST Christmas Craftacular

Tatty Devine, Rob Ryan and Craftivist Collective are just three of the 70 crafty sellers.

York Hall Leisure Centre, 5-15 Old Ford Road, London, E2 9PJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 27th November 2016

 

With over 70 crafty vendors, a Drink Shop & Do pop-up cafe, DJs, DIY workshops and boozy winter warmers, the BUST Christmas Craftacular puts a fun spin on Christmas shopping. Back at York Hall for another year, it has everything from jewellery and clothing to home décor and taxidermy. There's also the chance to enter DIY workshops include mono-printing, activism stitching and making himmeli geometric decorations. Plus a craft-swag raffle, Pop Pop Papier Photobooth and live portraits.

 
 
 

Christmas Market at Tate Modern

The German style Christmas market returns to its new Bankside location.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 19th November - 23rd December 2016

 

After six years on the South Bank, the German Christmas Market moved to Bankside, just outside Tate Modern, in 2014 and it will be returning there once again this year. With around 70 wooden chalet-style stalls selling everything from handmade toys and unique jewellery to bratwurst and warming cups of glühwein, it has all the ingredients for a truly festive experience. Despite moving further down the river, the market still boasts impressive views, with St Paul's and the City skyline as its backdrop, and isn't too far from its old home to combine a visit to the new, smaller-scale Southbank Centre Christmas Market.

 
 
 
 

Crafty Fox Christmas Market

Meet the makers and buy unique gifts with a mulled wine in hand.

The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 04th December 2016

 

'Christmas shopping with soul' is how the organisers of the Crafty Fox Christmas Market are selling it and they're not wrong. With numerous markets taking place throughout December, the market provides the chance to buy unique, design-led items directly from the makers, providing the perfect opportunity to snap up some original Christmas presents. From steel and wooden jewellery to clothing, books, prints and toys, there's something for all of your loved ones. The market can be found at The Dogstar, Brixton on 3rd and 4th December, The Museum of London Docklands on 8th December, the Bussey Building, Peckham on 10th and 11th December, and the Geffrye Museum on 15th December.

 
 
 

Camden Christmas Market

This festive market takes on a new theme each week.

Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF

Tube: Camden Town Station , Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 17th November - 22nd December 2016

 

Camden Market will be hosting a weekly Christmas Market this festive season, with a new themed one popping up in the North Yard every Thursday from 17th November. The market will bring together the best gifts from across London as well as live music, festive food and mulled wine aplenty. Shoppers will also be able to pick up Christmas trees, cards and calendars. The themes on the line-up are Camden Curates, Alter-Nativity, All Wrapped Up, Stocking Fillers, Deck The Walls and Season's Eatings. In addition to the market, the North Star bar will be a wintery seated heaven serving seasonal cocktails, hot toddies, mulled wine and hot chocolate while the likes of Voodoo Ray's and The Flour Station will serve the food.

 
 
 
 
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