Christmas Markets Not To be MissedLondon is getting Christmas-ier by the minute. And with the opening of the famous Christmas markets, it seems we are officially in the season to be jolly.
From the sparkling lights and music to cosy mugs of eggnog and incredible food, a stroll around one of London’s markets is essential to ringing in the holiday season.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy an after-work drink or a fun destination for your next date, take a look at these fabulous Christmas markets you won’t want to miss.
As busy and bustling as it might get, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is undoubtedly one of London’s top Christmas markets, and for good reason.
Returning for yet another year on November 22nd, the festival brings back all the childlike charm of Christmas - glowing fairground rides, spectacular shows (including those for families), its own Bavarian village and mouthwatering food stalls.
It’s also home to London’s largest outdoor ice rink, and features other thrills like their own Comedy Club, ice sculpting workshops and the Circus Megadrome.
Residing in one of my favourite parts of London, Clapham Common, Winterville is back for another year with all the trimmings.
Run by the founders of Field Day and Street Feast, Winterville isn’t your ordinary Christmas market. As well as top-notch food and drink, the event is also known for its themed bars, roller disco club nights, UV-lit crazy golf course and ice rink.
Also, don’t miss their solo craft fair, Mexican wrestling, a Christmas maze from Backyard Cinema and even a Christmas family show on a double decker bus! Not long to wait for these snowy shenanigans either, as it’s all happening from 22nd November.
Greenwich Wintertime Festival
Though it opens a little later than the other markets (December), Greenwich Wintertime Festival is a contemporary twist on Christmas markets and is well worth the wait.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the historic Royal Navy College, it features a covered ice rink, wonderful artisan food and drink stalls and an Independent Winter Lifestyle market.
It also promises a one-of-a-kind Father Christmas experience, so be sure to bring the kiddos along too.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Having opened in early November, Southbank Centre Winter Festival is already live and kicking.
Settled firmly near the River Thames, Southbank is home to a wealth of food and drink stalls, as well as its turn-of-the-century Circus 1903, comedy, cabaret nights, workshops and a spectacular Christmas tree.
There’s also plenty of craft beers and cocktails to keep you feeling merry and bright.
Christmas By The River
For a true taste of crisp winter air and a lovely view of Tower Bridge and the City skyline, there’s no place like Christmas By The River.
Opening at the end of the month, it’s a traditional Christmas market that spans along Queen’s Walk from Hay’s Galleria to The Scoop at More London. Lined with adorable Nordic chalets stuffed with stalls galore, it’s the perfect place for a cosy evening walk or a drink or two under the twinkling lights.
Be sure to also check out the range of seasonal workshops, tastings and storytelling events in the market’s very own event space.
Leicester Square Christmas Market
Already attracting London crowds since early November, Leicester Square is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the heart of the city’s tourist district.
With over 24 food, drink and gift stalls and its own exciting Santa’s grotto, there’ll be plenty to keep you busy. Don’t forget to stop by the large Spiegeltent performance space, which is brimming with shows, concerts and festivities all season.