London is a city rich in all types of markets in all periods of the year, of course during Christmas there are plenty of classic Christmas markets, among the most popular are the traditional German Christmas Market in Southbank and Hyde Park.
LONDON CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Dates of Christmas Markets 2019:
8 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Closed on December 25th (Southbank Centre Wintertime Market)
21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Closed on December 25th (Hyde Park Winter Wonderland)
Southbank Winter Festival. In the Southbank the events that enliven the Christmas are included in the Southbank Winter Festival. There is the famous Christmas market in Southbank and a number of other attractions such as the Festive Flyer, the Christmas Tree Maze, the Southbank Centre Express, the Scandinavian Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, the Viewing Deck Bar and the Christmas Tree Cafe.
Southbank Centre Wintertime Market. Christmas market with the German typical products like gingerbread and “Glühwein”. Along the Southbank of London – between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye – there are 50 stalls, which displays the typical products of German cuisine and arts and crafts. There is also the Secret Village of Santa Claus (Santa’s Secret Village) where children can meet Santa Claus.
Opening: 8 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11.00 to 22.00; Fridays and Saturdays at 11.00 to 23.00; Sundays from 11.00 to 22.00. Closed on December 25th.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Christmas Market with wooden chalets selling and exhibiting typical German objects and traditional Christmas delicacies as “Glühwein” (German Mulled Wine) and the traditional German sausages “Bratwurst”. Hyde Park, along with the market, will host the event Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which offers a large outdoor ice skating rink, the Angel’s Christmas Market, the Magical Ice Kingdom: icebergs, a shipwreck, igloo, the Palace of the Polar Bears. The circus, a spectacular Ferris wheel, new attractions, rides and special events.
Underground: Hyde Park Corner.
Opening: 21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Opening Hours: open 10am – 10pm every day, with exception of Christmas Day when it will be closed.
Greenwich Market at Christmas. Famous market which consists of over 150 wooden stalls offering handmade items, handmade jewelry, clothing, food and drinks.
Underground: Cutty Sark, Greenwich.
Opening: We are waiting for the dates 2019. Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 to 17.30.
Christmas at Kew. During Christmas the beautiful Kew gardens are richly illuminated with a path that includes a garden of night-fire, the tunnel of light and giants sparkling snowflakes. Along the trail you will be tempted by the smell of roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows and the other traditional Christmas dishes. You can visit Santa in his grotto (Snowflake Grotto), or take a ride in the vintage carousels.
Underground: Kew Gardens.
Opening: 20 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Opening Hours: from 17.00 to 22.00.
Christmas at Borough Market. Located south of the River Thames, not far from London Bridge, this market is known as one of the best food markets in London, here you can taste the real specialty of the English Christmas.
Underground: London Bridge.
Opening: 4 December – 24 December 2019; 28 December – 31 December 2019. Opening Hours: from 10.00 to 17.00. On 24 December and 31 December, the market closes at 16.00. Closed on 25 and 26 December.
Kingston Christmas Market (Royal Kingston Christmas Craft Fair). Located in the Grounds All Saints Parish Church, Clarence Street in Kingston-upon-Thames, a suburb in the south-west London, the market has stalls filled with Christmas specialties such as roasted almonds, bratwurst sausages and mulled wine. Inside the “Christmas Village”, there is also a farm shop, a bakery and wooden stalls selling handmade gifts and Christmas decorations.
Opening: 14 November – 24 December 2019. Opening Hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sunday – Wednesday, 10.00am – 8.00pm, Thursday – Saturday.
Organization: Eden Crafts, 39 Ross Court, Putney Hill, Putney SW15 3NZ. T: 020 8788 4434. Fax: 020 8780 0993. E-mail: email@example.com
London Bridge City Christmas Market (London Bridge City’s Christmas by the River). Christmas Market, with stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, where you can find unique and unusual gifts, and enjoy food from all over the world.
Opening: We are waiting for the dates 2019. Opening Hours: from 11.00 to 22.00.
Underground: London Bridge.
Winterville at Victoria Park. The party town of Winterville is located in Victoria Park in East London here visitors can expect a unique alternative Christmas. In Winterville are an outdoor ice skating rink, a huge ferris wheel, horse-drawn carriages, local restaurants and indoor stalls with food and drink. Kids will enjoy interactive events with workshops for arts and crafts, home of fairy tales and Santa’s Grotto.
Opening: Winterville will not be taking place this year 2019. Opening times: Monday – Thursday 11.30 – 22.00; Friday 11.30 – 22.30; Saturday 10.30 – 22.30; Sunday 10.30 – 22.00. The town of Winterville is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Underground: Bethnal Green, Bow Church, Bow Road.
A) Other places to visit during Christmas are the places of the classic markets of London, that on the occasion of the Christmas festivities are at their best form.
– Old Spitalfields Market. The market for young designers, for those interested in the latest fashion from the street, but also market of antiques, art and vintage items.
Underground: Liverpool Street.
Opening: Annual market. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00. On Sundays from 9.00 to 17.00. Closed on Saturday.
– Portobello Market. Famous flea market of antiques, collectibles, and art objects, but the market also offers clothing, fruits and vegetables.
Underground: Notting Hill Gate.
Opening: Annual market. Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 to 16.00.
– Camden Lock Market. Market featuring books, crafts, antiques, new and used clothes, records.
Christmas at Camden Market is being given an alternative spin this year with the launch of a new weekly pop-up festive market in the North Yard. With a different theme each week, the market will bring together the best gifts from across London, plus live music, festive food and – a Christmas shopping essential – mulled wine.
Underground: Camden Town.
Opening: Annual market. Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 to 18.00.
– Stables Market at Camden. Market with unconventional objects suitable to find unusual gifts, strange objects but also antique and old books.
Underground: Chalk Farm.
Opening: Annual market. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 10.30 to 18.00; Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00.
More Christmas markets in London:
Chelsea Enchanted Christmas Fair. For the second time, Elite London Events are organising a Christmas fair which will be held in Chelsea’s Old Town Hall. We’ll have around 50 different vendors at the event and there will be a broad range of products on display/to purchase. These range from leather handbags, to cashmere scarves & ponchos, to lux pyjamas, beauty/bath products, kitchenware, lux British childrenswear to sweets….to name but a few!
Opening: 17 November 2019. Opening Hours: Sunday 10am – 6pm.
Organization: Elite London Events, 6th Floor 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU. T: 0207 824 5136.
Christmas in the Village taking place in Wimbledon Village, London SW19, on Sunday 8th December, 10 am – 5 pm. This annual day of fun, food and festive shopping in Wimbledon Village has plenty on offer to appeal to the whole family. Children will be enchanted as Santa and his Elf ride down the High Street on horseback, and activities such as pony rides, face-painting, balloon modelling, Santa’s Grotto and fairground rides, as well as complimentary music, dance and story-time sessions will keep them entertained throughout the day.
The grown-ups meanwhile can treat themselves to a wide array of festive food and drinks, browse the goodies and gifts at the Christmas Market and enjoy some special treats, tastings and discounts in many of the Village stores. With so much happening from morning to night, including a host of choirs and bands providing festive music throughout, and a carol sing-along around the tree to wrap-up the day, visitors can’t fail to get in the Christmas mood!
Christmas in the Village. WHEN: Sunday 8th December, 10am-5pm. WHERE: Wimbledon Village, London SW19. Opening: 8 December 2019.
The event is organised by the Wimbledon Village Business Association (WVBA) in aid of local charity Wimbledon Guild. TEL: 07920 195 933
London’s Annual Zero Waste Christmas Market (The Boiler House) is taking place on Saturday the 7th of December 10.30 – 5.30 pm at The Boiler House, 152 Brick Ln, London E1 6RU. Entry £6 – 10 entry. 44 brands in attendance.
The Boiler House. The Boiler House is an iconic part of Truman Brewery off Brick Lane, steeped in history and sustainability. The event timings are remaining the same – 10.30 – 5.30 pm on the 7th December, with a possible extension to 8 pm.
The Boiler House
152 Brick Ln,
London E1 6RU
The Boiler House is a green venue that, like our market, has a ‘nothing-to-landfill’ policy. They support green initiatives and are also plant-based, meaning they host only vegan events and traders. The venue is bigger, brighter, has more character and is closely aligned with our ethos. We will be running workshops and sustainable seminars on the mezzanine, along with having over 50 traders downstairs in the main hall and four delicious hot vegan food options out the back. The sustainable bar will be serving mulled wine, beer and wine all afternoon with the added option to include a CBD shot, should visitors wish to relax further into the festive spirit.
Opening: 7 December 2019. Opening Hours: 10.30 – 5.30 pm.
Late-night Zero Waste Christmas Market (Old Spitalfields Market) is taking place on Wednesday 4th December 10 am – 8 pm at Old Spitalfields Market Horner Square, London E1 6EW. Free entry. 20 brands in attendance.
Opening: 4 December 2019. Opening Hours: 10 am – 8 pm.
Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair. The Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair takes place to the Chelsea Old Town Hall. The fair takes place indoors and is comprised of more than 80 exhibitors presenting fashion items for men and women, household items, children’s toys and clothes, gifts for your loved ones and of course, delicious food.
Opening: This year’s 2019 event will not be happening at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Opening Hours: Friday 12noon – 8pm; Saturday 10am – 6pm.