If you are planning a trip to London this festive season, you are in time for some of the best Christmas markets to shop to your heart’s content.
Forget the department stores and high-street boutiques and swap them for something more leisurely and laid back. Whether you are searching for a special gift or just some souvenirs of your trip to London, the lovely Christmas markets and fairs and the experience of Christmas in the West End, London has everything you could possibly need. From the tastiest holiday treats to the finest of handicrafts they are all available in the fine Christmas markets of London.
If you have an upcoming trip this December and looking to make hotel bookings the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel would be the ideal choice, in terms of location, facilities and price. You will be staying in the heart of London with convenient access to some of the top Christmas Markets including:
If you want to truly experience the Christmas spirit there is no better place than Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It is one of the biggest and best winter events in London with Christmas celebrations on in full swing. From ice skating to winter markets, terrific food to gluhwein and loads of events and festivities it is an epic celebration of the festive season. This year’s top attractions include the Magical Ice Kingdom Deep Sea Adventure, which is a village built with an alpine theme with incredible karaoke huts for sing-a-longs. Another popular attraction making a return this year is Zippos Circus. Other things to look out include Cinderella on the ice, the gigantic Ferris wheel and the Sooty Christmas Show among a host of other exciting things. It will be open from November 17 until January 1, 2018. It opens for visitors from 10 am to 10 pm every day with the exception of Christmas Day. While entry is free the ticketed attractions could be booked in advance.
Christmas in Leicester Square
Another popular Crimbo destination this year with Santa putting in an appearance is Christmas in Leicester Square. This is its second year and judging by last year’s fabulous response expect this year’s event to be bigger and better. There will be loads of events, markets, food stalls all of which create a twinkly festive atmosphere. There is a beautiful grotto at the square with a fantastic Christmas market with more than 25 food and drink stalls selling some of the finest traditional delicacies. The highlight is the Spiegeltent, which is a wooden home that plays host to a variety of Christmas programs courtesy of the Underbelly team. Some of the top events to keep an eye out for this year include Al Murray, Fascinating Aida, A Christmas baby disco dance hall (under-fives), Cabaret at Christmas, Showstoppers Christmas and the Marvellous Medicine Show. It is on from November 10 until January 6, 2018, While there is no admission fee, tickets need to be purchased for certain events.
Wintertime at Southbank Centre
The team of Wintertime at Southbank Centre is leaving no stone unturned to organize its grandest Christmas extravaganza this Christmas. The show is on from November 10 until January 4, 2018. There are plenty of fun activities lined up along the banks of the Thames, which include one of the finest Christmas markets in the city selling gifts, sweet treats, festive dishes and plenty of Christmas shows. It will be lively and exciting and put the Christmas cheer in the dullest of souls, who otherwise would shun the festive spirit. A great show for the entire family to head out and have a blast! The attractions at the Southbank Centre remain open from 10 am – 10 pm on a daily basis with the exception of Christmas Day when the entire place is closed.
The festivities at Winterville are back with a bang this Christmas with a change of location from Victoria Park to Clapham Common with plenty of merrymaking including drinking, dancing, food, skating and lots more of exciting games and events to enjoy. Some of the highlights to look out for include Backyard Cinema, Wasted Chic Christmas Market, Street Feast, Plonk Golf and the Spiegeltent’s popular Common Play. Some of the famous attendees this year who will put in an appearance include Sink the Pink, Norman Jay, South London Soul Train and Ultimate Power among others. The kids will enjoy a visit to Santa’s workshop in an indoor area along with a roller disco and a fairground which will keep them engaged for hours. There is no admission fee with the exceptions of Friday and Saturday evenings.
Christmas by the river
The scenic locale along the banks of the Thames once again will play host to the popular Christmas by the River market this year. A wonderful fiesta, visitors are rewarded with wonderful views of the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. With German themed chalets, a wonderful blend of food and drinks, homemade gifts and loads of fun, an event not to miss when in London in the festive season. There are more than 60 independent traders selling handicrafts and goods along with pop-up eateries and bars serving an assortment of delicious Christmas cocktails, craft beers, hot cider and of course the eternal favorite mulled wine. There will be a variety of festive workshops also lined up in the cozy event space.
Spirit of Christmas Fair
With so many Christmas markets and events held all across the city, one of the top favorite fairs in town at Christmas is the Spirit of Christmas Fair, held at the iconic Olympia venue. The massive exhibition venue will be packed to the rafters with a plethora of Christmas shopping opportunities, with around 800 stalls planned for this year. There will a myriad of food workshops along with gift wrapping to get you all ready for Christmas. There are loads of gift options ranging from jewelry to crafts, toys to caviar and loads more of stuff to choose from.
Updated: December 6, 2017