Festive celebrations in London are getting well underway and the Christmas markets are the perfect place to find gifts, enjoy seasonal food and drink or enjoy a Christmas weekend with friends and family. We have put together a selection of our favourite festive markets across the city for you.
What would Christmas in London be without a visit to Winter Wonderland, London’s largest Christmas Market. This fun family event happens every year in Hyde Park and offers endless choices of rides and stalls selling unusual gifts, arts and crafts, jewellery, and decorations. This is the perfect place to do all your Christmas shopping. Head to the Bavarian Village for some German festivities, enjoy a cocktail in the ice bar or have some seasonal mulled wine. If you prefer a creamy hot chocolate, there are plenty of festive drinks to warm you up after exploring the market. Don’t forget to wrap up warm!
📍 Hyde Park
📅 19th November – 3rd January
Southbank Winter Markets
Stroll along the River Thames under the twinkling lights of the Winter Market at the Southbank Winter Festival. Here you can browse more types of street food than you could possibly imagine. Browse the alpine-style chalets selling seasonal treats. We recommend indulging in one of Meltsmith’s Grilled Cheese Sandwiches or trying the sweet, stacked Dutch pancakes that have been drizzled with Nutella.
📅 4th November – 24th December
Leicester Square Christmas Market
Celebrate Christmas this year in London’s home of entertainment, Leicester Square. Visitors can enjoy a festive outing filled with eating, drinking and entertainment all curated by Underbelly. After browsing the stalls, head to watch ‘La Clique’, an alternative circus and cabaret show held in the magnificent circus tent. On Mondays and selected Sundays, you can catch a performance of Austentatious: An improvised Jane Austen Novel, said to be not one to miss! The tent will also host events for kids such as a baby disco so make sure to check the website for dates!
📍 Leicester Square
📅 12th November – 3rd January
Selfridges Christmas Market
The Christmas Market on the Mews is back for the second year running and you can expect it to be even bigger and better than before. This authentic Christmas village, which is just a 2 minute walk from Oxford Street, has been created with the founder of Street Feast, a renowned street food market in London so expect some tasty, top quality eats! You will find everything festive from sustainably grown Myses Stevens Christmas trees to a Helter Skelter dressed in hundreds of dazzling lights. The food vendours will be sure to satisfy cravings with stalls selling everything from Indian street food to waffles and calamari to hot dogs.
📍 Edwards Mews
📅 5th November – 24th December
Christmas by the River
This special market illuminates London Bridge and is set against views of both Tower Bridge and the Tower of London so it is a must visit for a truly iconic Christmas in the capital. Follow down the riverside and lookout for the market’s special woodland guardians and discover curious festive gifts sold by over 60 traders in cabins. Pop up street food and drink stalls will fuel your trip and there are plenty of workshops and events to keep an eye out for.
📍 Bankside, London Bridge
📅 16th November – 2nd January
Christmas Under the Canopy
Find the perfect gift at this hugely popular Christmas market, packed with cheese, hand-picked designer-makers and handmade crafts. The evenings at Christmas Under the Canopy are filled with glasses of craft beer and the buzzing atmosphere around the gin bar. Visit on various weekends throughout December to experience festive workshops and tastings, the Vegan Christmas Market and their unique array of food, crafts and clothing. On the last weekend before Christmas, there will be an extended craft section full of curiosities.
📍 King’s Cross
📅 29th November – 22nd December
Miracle on Leake Street
For one night this Christmas time, the Graffiti Tunnel otherwise known as the Leake Street Arches in Waterloo will transform into a festive urban paradise. This free Christmas celebration offers several activities including an outdoor screening of Home Alone. There will be teaser comedy and cabaret performances from Vault Festival 2022, a wreath making workshop, a skate and spray workshop and festive face painting. Food and drink will be available from local traders and you can even expect some Leake Street snow.
📍 Leake Street Arches
📅 9th December