Christmas shopping to do? Not feeling London’s vast department stores? Check out these fabulously festive Christmas markets in London, some of which are open until Christmas Day and beyond!
1 Southbank Centre Winter Festival and Christmas Market
The Southbank Centre is going all out this Christmas with a full-on winter festival and Norwegian-themed market. Running from 10 November until 30 December, you can explore the maze of market stalls boasting an array of festive treats, gifts and street food from raclette to bratwurst, burgers and vegan specials. Enjoy mulled wine, quality food and handmade crafts while taking in the sights and sounds of London at wintertime. Also check out our Bar Under the Bridge returning to Southbank Centre for the second year hosted by The Hop Locker, as well as the novel new Finnish Rooftop Sauna (11 Dec-11 Feb) and the famed Slava’s Snowshow (18 Dec-4 Jan).
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
2 Winter Wonderland Angel’s Market
Celebrating its 11th year, Winter Wonderland will, once again, be the biggest and most event-packed Christmas market in London. It’s free to enter the Winter Wonderland site, so you can browse the 200 fairy-lit Bavarian style wooden chalets of the Angel’s Market and pick out gifts for friends and family from jewellery and clothing to handmade crafts and Christmas decorations. Open during the day, but far more impressive at night, you can also buy tickets to ice skate around the pavilion in Hyde Park, gaze upon and all the carnival lights from the giant observation wheel, or check out one of the many live performances and DJ sets. Open 10am-10pm until 3 January.
Hyde Park W2 2UH; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
3 Greenwich Winter Time Festival Market
The inaugural Greenwich Winter Time Festival will take over the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College for a very Instagrammable month-long festive residency opening on 1 December 2017. Moving beyond the typical mulled wine and bratwurst winter market, the event will mirror the vibrancy of the capital’s plethora of summertime festivals, with a winter market curated by the Instagram phenomenon Cissy Wears, live performances from the likes of The Puppini Sisters, screenings of film classic The Snowman accompanied by East London Brass and the first ice rink at the ORNC in 10 years. Tickets start from £15 for adults and £8 for children. Until 31 December.
4 The Bizarre Bazaar at Christmess at The Imaginarium
Running from 13-22 December, Marbles & Ware will host their annual Christmas market in the Victorian railway arches at The Vaults, with a whole host of independent young, artisan traders showcasing and selling their homemade goods. Expect delightful headwear, exotic kimonos, re-purposed light sculptures, vintage garms, antique treasures, hand-crafted jewellery, illustrators, artists, bespoke neon signs, ceramics and organic beauty products. But this is much more than a market, this is an immersive house party at Old St Nick’s, where Louisiana-inspired pop-up Slap Ya Papa will also be hosting a series of Christmess Feasts, as well as live music and workshops. The Imaginarium daily cafe, bar and market place is open Wednesday through to Sunday 11am-8pm.
32 Southwark Street, London Bridge SE1 1TU; christmess.co
5 Christmas by the River at London Bridge City
London Bridge City welcomes back their iconic Christmas market to the bankside of the Thames with 68 chalet-style stalls selling gifts, food and drink against the beuatiful backdrop of Tower Bridge, Whether you’re looking for Akira Woolen Accessories to keep you warm in the winter, or artisan gifts to fill your loved ones’ stockings (The Little Tibet, Turkish the Light, London Artlife) or simply somewhere to eat, drink and be merry (Jim & Tonic, The Lambassadors, Leap, Doughnut Time) Christmas by the River is a fabulously festive spot. Throughout December, the market will also host workshops to get you set for the holiday season. Open 11am till 10pm until 3 January 2017.
London Bridge SE1 2DB; londonbridgecity.co.uk
6 Dolce&Gabbana’s Italian Market at Harrods
Dolce&Gabbana has recreated the unique atmosphere of an Italian street market on the 4th floor of Harrods. The market will be decorated with brightly coloured lights and installations inspired by the famous hand-painted Sicilian carts, as well as booths displaying accessories, menswear, womenswear and childrenswear, trainers, beauty, fragrance and toys, many created exclusively for Harrods. Visitors will be transported into a real market suffused with the spirit of countless festivals that animate the lively towns of Southern Italy, complete with flowers, fruit, vegetables, toys, gastronomic delicacies and dazzling colours, this Christmas market offers a taste of life in Italy. The Italian Market will be in situ until 28 December.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL; harrods.com
7 Winterville’s Wasted Chic Alternative Christmas Market
Winterville, London’s alternative festive experience, returns to Clapham after a year off with top-notch eats from Street Feast, Christmas classics in Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, UV-powered Plonk Golf, Twisted Wheels Roller Disco, Clapham’s first-ever ice rink and the Wasted Chic Alternative Christmas Market! There’s also a neighbouring cafe serving up winter warmers for those who’d prefer to observe than skate. Open Mon-Fri, 12pm-10pm and Sat-Sun, 11am-10pm. Adults £14, kids aged 5-12 £9.50, students/under 16s £12. Until 1 January.
Windmill Drive, Clapham SW4 9DE; winterville.co.uk
8 Xmas Designer Maker Fair at Deptford Market Yard
As well as great design and craft from some of south east London’s top talent, Deptford Market Yard is offering you the chance to make your own Christmas gifts at the Xmas Designer Maker Fair. Makers House on the Carriage Way will be transformed into a collaborative exhibition and shop with free demonstrations in paper marbeling and a tea towel screen printing class. You can also find festive bouquets and Christmas wreaths at The English Flowerhouse, alongside wreath and table centrepiece workshops. Meanwhile the food arches will be serving up winter warmers, including Little Nan’s Christmas-themed afternoon tea. And for those wanting to look their best, Glam-up Express hair styling is just £20 or a Glam-up do is £30 throughout December at The Box. Running Thursday 14 December (6-9pm) and Friday 15-Saturday 16 December from 11am-6pm.
Carriage Way & Deptford Market Yard SE8; deptfordmarketyard.com
9 Christmas Wednesdays on Columbia Road
Once again the independent shops and artisan makers of East London’s Columbia Road will open their doors for the Christmas Wednesday Shopping Evenings on 29 November and 6, 13 and 20 December. The street is a treasure trove of more than 60 independent shops offering a diverse and eclectic range of carefully sourced products, from artisan jewellers and booksellers to homewares, children’s shops, perfumery and fashion boutiques, plus an almost Dickensian atmosphere. The wonderfully exuberant carol singers from St Peters in Bethnal Green will also be there in full voice, as will local vicar Adam Atkinson, who is famously wheeled down the street on a piano singing carols every year! Shops will be open from 5pm to 9pm; carols with St Peters are from 6pm to 8pm.
Columbia Road E2 7RG; columbiaroad.info
10 Urban Makers East Festive Pop-Up Shop
Visit the Urban Makers East Festive Pop-Up Shop, running from 31 October until 23 December at FountLondon in Hackney. Buy directly from carefully curated, handpicked local and independent makers crafting homewares, textiles, accessories, jewellery, ceramics, kidswear, original prints and art and quirky festive decorations. There will also be workshops during the two months so you can make your own Christmas gifts. Follow @urbanmakerseast on Twitter for workshop details.
Haverfield Road off Grove Road, Hackney E3 5TW; urbanmakerseast.co.uk
11 Greenwich Market at Christmas
Greenwich Market is great all year round, but with the addition of sparkling Christmas lights, mulled wine, Santa’s grotto and the Late Night Wednesdays Arts & Crafts Gift Market – all set within a World Heritage site, it’s truly magical. Shop for gifts galore at up to 120 stalls with music, mulled wine and street food. Shop through to 8pm on Wednesday 6, 13 and 20 December, or every Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm, with antiques, vintage and collectables on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Greenwich High Road SE10 9HZ; 020 8269 5096; greenwichmarketlondon.com
12 Pexmas Festive & Pexmas Goes Pop!
The Pexmas Festive returns to the gorgeous Warwick Gardens in Peckham for its sixth Christmas market on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December (11am-6pm). Expect mulled wine, street food, good tunes and gifts galore. Then, there’s Pexmas Goes Pop, when Pexmas heads to Pop Brixton to celebrate south London’s finest independent designers, makers and retailers. Join in the fun on Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December from 11am until 6pm and shop fashion, homewares, kitchen essentials, stationery, toys and gifts galore!
13 Crafty Fox Market
The quirky Crafty Fox Market is hosting a number of Christmas markets. Still to come is a Christmas Night Market at Geffrye Museum on Thursday 14 December. Drop by between 4-9pm for street food, mulled wine, workshops and around 50 stalls to help you get through that Christmas shopping. This will be the last year of this market in it’s current format before the Geffrye closes for re-development work. On Saturday 16 December, the market heads to Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle, where you can listen to tunes from the DJ, chow down on street food and maybe even make a gift to take home at a workshop. 11am-5pm.
14 Love Wimbledon’s Christmas Market on The Piazza
Every weekend from then end of November, Wimbledon’s Piazza (near the Odeon) will be transformed into a festive market place featuring over 20 bustling stalls selling homewares, art, crafts, clothing, accessories, Christmas decorations, stocking fillers and scrumptious cakes and bakes. Wrap up warm and inhale the comforting aroma of hot roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and fresh mince pies as you make a dent in the shopping list. The final Christmas Market on The Piazza takes place from Thursday 21 December until Saturday 23 December.
Wimbledon Piazza SW19 1QB; lovewimbledon.org
15 The Cheesegrater’s Christmas Market
For the first time, The Leadenhall Building – better known as The Cheesegrater – will host a Christmas market, located in the 28m high open atrium at the foot of The Cheesegrater. The market will feature 17 German-style wooden chalets, decorated with twinkling fairy lights and sprigs of holly to brighten up the Square Mile. Reflecting the international outlook that has made The Cheesegrater world famous, the market will host a bespoke selection of first-class traders selling everything from Indian shawls and Turkish ceramics to Christmas jumpers, as well as delicious treats ranging from Punjabi street food to French macaroons. There’s also a pop-up champagne and prosecco bar, plus choirs and carols throughout the month. Open Monday to Friday from 10am-7pm until 22 December.
122 Leadenhall Street EC3V 4AB; eventbrite.co.uk