Woolly gloves and hats, mince pies and mulled wine, tinsel and sparkling lights– haven’t we got you the Christmas vibe yet? Pamper yourself with a bit of holiday shopping, or just by browsing the sights of London’s best and lively Christmas fairs and markets this winter. Though Christmas was originated in Germany, London is now considered home to few of the best and busiest Christmas markets with German-style shops offering a wide variety of drinks and food, sweet treats, fun rides and even a plethora of festive arts and crafts with which you can treat yourself or you can buy them as gifts.
London without a doubt is one the best places to celebrate Christmas, so we have created a blog listing some of the best Christmas events in London this year.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Market, London, Hyde Park
At the Wonderland Christmas Market, you will find yourself surrounded by 250+ fairy lit German style wooden-chalets offering clothes, jewellery, traditional Christmas decorations, crafts, accessories, and much more. The lit ambience of the market will have you buying yourself, your friends and your family plenty of extraordinary treats for Christmas.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London. Open every-day from 23 November 2018 until 1st week of January 2019, except on Christmas Day.
Southbank Centre Market, London
At the Southbank Centre market, you will not find a single reason to leave the place empty handed. With several seasonal mixtures of drinks, food, art and crafts from all around the globe, it gives a magical Christmas spirit. Witness the breath-taking sparkling lights reflecting in the River Thames and treat yourself in savoury favourites like bratwurst, smoked salmon and raclette or you could indulge yourself in classic sweet dishes like waffles pancakes and ice creams.
The Southbank CentreChristmas market in Belvedere Road, London opens on 9th November 2018 until 27th December 2018. The entry to the market is completely free and is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.
Christmas market in Leicester Square, London
The Leicester square will be completely surrounded by over 25 stalls offering a total traditional Christmas fair. Handcrafted gifts, festive decorations set up parallelly with food and drinks to keep yourself warm during the cold Christmas nights. After enjoying, relaxing and shopping at the market, you can experience the vintage Spiegel tents to enjoy a traditional Christmas with lots of entertainment facilities suitable for all ages.
The entry for Leicester Square Market is completely free and is open from 9 November 2018 to 6 January 2019. The timings of the market are from 12pm to 10pm during weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends.
Greenwich Christmas Festival, London:
The Greenwich Christmas market has a grand opening with a magnificent lantern parade conducted by 100s of local school students on 21st November 2018 from 4 pm onwards. The market offers tempting food and drinks along with various beautiful seasonal gifts to get you into the right Christmas spirit. Here you can expect to meet your dearest Santa along with his reindeers during the festive period.
The Greenwich Christmas Festival will be held at the Old Royal Naval College in King William Walk, London. The starting date & time is to be confirmed yet. The entry for the event is totally free for all age groups.
Christmas by the River at London Bridge City:
More than 50 independent shops and sellers make up this beautiful Christmas winter market by the riverside in the London Bridge City. In this market, you can find various shops selling varieties of food, boutique accessories as well as artisan gifts and decor items. They also have seasonal shops in the yard space to help you prepare for your Christmas in every aspect.
The market is open from 29th Nov 2018 till 2nd Jan 2019. The timings are not yet confirmed and the entry to the market is totally free.
The Winterville Fair in Clapham-Common
The Winterville Fair in Clapham-Common is an extravagant place to be during Christmas, and just can’t be missed from our top Christmas events in London 2018 blog post. Here you will discover what a true Street Feast is, with some of London’s best and the tastiest food stalls offering soft Chinese buns, juicy ribs, wood-hot toddies, mulled wine, fired pizzas and even toffee vodka shots. With a lot more to do at Winterville market, you can also experience a complete Christmas of alternative entertainment, tasty food and perfect drinks.
The Winterville market opens on 15th November and is open until 23rd December. The timings are from 3pm to 10 pm during the week and from 10am to 10pm during the weekend. Entry is free for anyone who is under the age of 16 and for adults the charges vary on a day to day basis.
Pear Tree Cafe Winter Fair in Battersea Park, London
The Pear Tree Cafe in Battersea Park, London conducts a Christmas winter market for 2 weekends during Christmas. During this time the place is transformed into a complete winter wonderland with plenty of entertainment, food stalls, Christmas trees, mulled wine carol singers, raclette and arts & crafts. It gives the perfect ambience to enjoy and celebrate Christmas by the lake for a perfect view.
Lakeside Cafe Christmas Fair happens only on weekends. The scheduled dates are 1st and 2nd December and 8th and 9th December.
Kingston-Thames Christmas Fair, Greater London
The whole town of Kingston wears a Christmas vibe during December as the market is spread throughout the pedestrian streets and sidewalks of Ancient Market Place. Here you can shop at over 40+ Christmas stalls selling crafts, decorations and arts alongside several small heated canopies. In addition, there are 2 more large outdoor bars to your delight, serving your favourite drinks and food.
The entry is free for every age group at the Kingston-Thames Christmas market. The market opens up from 15th of November to 3rd December.
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