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 2017:
November – 24 December 2017/ 8 January 2018
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 Winter 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: 11 November 2016 – 8 January 2017. Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 21.00; Fridays and Saturdays at 10.00 to 22.00; Sundays from 10.00 to 21.00.
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: 18 November 2016 – 2 January 2017. Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 to 22.00. Closed on December 25th. On November 18th opens at 17.00.
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: 1 December – 24 December 2016. Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 to 17.30.
Traditional Christmas Market at Tate Modern. This Christmas market with 70 wooden chalets is held in the most visited modern art gallery in the world: the Tate Modern.
Underground: Blackfriar, Southwark, Mansion House, London Bridge.
Opening: 25 November – 24 December 2016. Opening hours are: Monday 11am – 9pm. Tuesday 11am – 9pm. Wednesday 11am – 9pm. Thursday 11am – 9pm. Friday 11am – 10pm. Saturday 10am – 10pm. Sunday 10am – 9pm.
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: 23 November – 27 November 2016; 30 November – 4 December 2016; 7 December – 11 December 2016; 14 December – 23 December 2016; 26 December 2016 – 2 January 2017. Opening Hours: from 17.00 to 22.00. Not open on 28, 29 November, 5, 6, 12, 13, 24 and 25 December 2016.
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: 7 December – 24 December 2016; 28 December – 31 December 2016. Opening Hours: from 10.00 to 17.00. On 24 December and 31 December, the market closes at 14.00.
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: 17 November – 31 December 2016. Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 to 20.00; sunday from 10.00 to 18.00.
Organization: Eden Crafts, 39 Ross Court, Putney Hill, Putney SW15 3NZ. T: 020 8788 4434. Fax: 020 8780 0993. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbican Christmas Market. The market takes place at the Barbican Centre (Barbican Design Market) where you will find alternative gift ideas. There will be products from the Indies, but also handicrafts, designer self made,vendors of retro objects and an interesting community of artists who produce household items, artwork, clothing, specialty foods, jewelry.
Opening: No Market in 2016.
London Bridge City Christmas Market. 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: 1 December 2016 – 3 January 2017. Opening Hours: from 10.00 to 20.00.
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.
Underground: Bethnal Green, Bow Church, Bow Road.
Traditional Christmas Market in Canary Wharf. This Christmas market is held in Montgomery Square in Canary Wharf.
Underground: Canary Wharf.
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, running every Thursday from 17 November to 22 December 2016. 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 first time, Elite London Events are organising a Christmas fair which will be held in Chelsea’s Old Town Hall. We’ll have around 40 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: 19 November 2017. Opening Hours: Sunday 10am – 6pm.
Organization: Elite London Events, Suite 242, 405 Kings Road, London SW10 0BB. T: 0203 488 0809. M: 07917 248049.
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: 2 December – 3 December 2016. Opening Hours: Friday 12noon – 8pm; Saturday 10am – 6pm.
Islington Christmas Market. Islington Christmas Market has a new home for 2016. To celebrate its 5th year, the annual Islington Christmas Market in north London will have a new location to call home – the Angel Central Shopping Centre. Hand picked quality exhibitors from all over the UK will be selling their unique gifts from traditional wooden chalets thanks to Islington based event organisers Clever Creations Events. These organisers always look for ‘clever and creative’ items in the categories of Fashion, Accessories, Jewellery, Homeware, Childrenswear, Beauty Care products, and artisan food. Items you often won’t find on the high street and even the web. Londoners will have some unique choice for their Christmas shopping, so pop by anytime during the five week run and bring your Christmas list. Free entry. The Islington Christmas Market will be held at: Angel Central Shopping Centre, London N1 0PS.
Opening: 21st November – 24th December 2016.
The Islington Christmas Market is organised by Clever Creations Events. E-mail: email@example.com
Christmas Makers Market at East Village E20. The shopping space will curate beautiful hand-crafted goods under one roof and is perfect for those looking for unique Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Hygge themed ‘Makers Market’ open to the public on three weekends from 26th November – 11th December. Hygge – the Danish art of living cosily – is all about savouring simple pleasures, nurturing and enjoying good times with great people, an ethos with considerable prominence in East Village. Pop-up space hosting the finest makers in London – including workshops available to book. A selection of London artisans have been invited to showcase their products at the Christmas Makers Market, combining some of the best new brands and crafts that the capital has to offer. East Village E20 is fast-becoming known as a growing neighbourhood for independent retailers. After a visit to the Christmas Makers Market, a wide array of new shops, cafes or restaurants are close by to explore for an additional treat.
Nearest Tubes: Stratford International DLR / Stratford
Opening: 26th November – 27th November 2016; 3rd December – 4th December 2016; 10th December – 11th December 2016. Opening Hours: Saturdays 11am-6pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.
Paternoster Square Christmas Market. Gather in the historic beautiful Paternoster Square for an intimate free Christmas market in the heart of the capital. Situated between St Paul’s Cathedral and London Stock Exchange this exclusive shopping and eating market with give visitors something to buy and something to eat – and of course something to drink.
Opening: 13 December – 15 December 2016.
The Paternoster Square Christmas Market is organised by Clever Creations Events. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our charity Curtain Up Xmas Market this year will be at St Mary Abbotts Centre, Kensington W8 4HN, Sunday, 11th December 2016, 11 am – 4 pm. Location is 5 mins from Kensington High St tube. Free Parking in the area. Entrance fee of just £2.00. Over 45 stalls offering: antiques, collectables, art, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, glass, handbags, vintage clothing, cakes and more.
Opening: 11th December 2016. Opening Hours: 11 am – 4 pm.