London Christmas Markets and Fairs

 
 
 
 
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Taste Of London: Festive Edition
Christmas by the River
Christmas by the River
Winter at Southbank Centre
Winter at Southbank Centre
Winter at Southbank Centre
Winterville
Winterville
Winterville
Christmas in Leicester Square
Christmas in Leicester Square
Christmas in Leicester Square
Christmas in Leicester Square
Belgravia Christmas Sunday
SAMPLE Christmas
The Country Living Christmas Fair 2018
 

 

London's magical Christmas markets and festive fairs are worth wrapping up warm and stepping outside for, with tempting food, warming cocktails and the chance to turn Christmas present shopping into a fun day out rather than a dreaded chore.

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Winter at Southbank Centre

The ever-popular market returns along with festive shows and family fun.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 9th November 2018 to 6th January 2019

 

Two brand new family shows are at the heart of this year's Winter programme at the Southbank Centre. The award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present the European premiere of Circus 1903 and two Australian theatre companies perform the UK premiere of Rumpelstiltskin, mixing music and silliness and starring cabaret legend Paul Capsis. There's more festive family fun with a sing-along version of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler's Zog & Friends Show, That Night Follows Day by Forced Entertainment and Maureen Lipman's Up for It. The entire 21 acre site is transformed into a winter landscape with the Winter Market, illuminated rooftops, choirs, carols and classical music - highlights include the return of Handel's Messiah and Christmas at the Movies. Tango classes, swing dancing, ballroom lessons, a day of drag kings and queens and a Caribbean Christmas Party are among the free events and it all comes to a big finale with A Vintage New Year's Eve Party where you get fantastic views of the London fireworks.

 
 
 

Christmas in Leicester Square

Christmas comes to the heart of London with a traditional market and festive entertainment.

Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 9th November 2018 to 5th January 2019

 

The festive feeling returns as Christmas in Leicester Square transforms the famous square in the centre of London into a wintery wonderland. There's a traditional Christmas market with stalls selling hand-crafted goods and delicious food and drinks. The man with all the presents takes up residence in Santa's grotto where children can meet the man himself, plus there's a whole host of shows in the beautiful surrounds of a traditional 1920s spiegeltent. Frisky & Mannish, Monski Mouse, the Briefs boys and the House of Burlesque are just four of the acts lined up. It's organised by Underbelly who helped develop Winter at Southbank Centre and who are best known in London for their Wonderground festivals on the Southbank.

 
 
 

Taste Of London: Festive Edition

Top London restaurants and talented chefs come together under one roof.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 15th - 18th November 2018

 

The winter edition of Taste of London presents 19 of London's top restaurants and a host of talented chefs under one roof for a festive treat at Tobacco Dock. New for this year are seven brand new restaurants, masterclasses at the new Urban Kitchen, wine and cheese pairings with Accolade Wine School, the Diner's Club VIP lounge, cocktail making and a hot dog party taking place in front of the Taste fire pit. Restaurants making their debut this year are Nonna Tonda, serving delicious handmade pasta dishes, Rohit Ghai's highly anticipated new Indian restaurant, Kutir, which opens a couple of weeks before Taste, Jamie Oliver's home of smoke and fire, Barbecoa, and authentic Malaysian cuisine from Papparich. On Saturday night DJ BBQ serves up hot dogs and takes over the decks at The Fire Pit for a two-hour DJ set. Plus there are over 100 food and drink stalls to shop at including handmade Burley Fudge, organic Beronia Wines, award winning Cornish Cheese Co. and Pleese Cakes. The perfect way to kick off the festive season.

 
 
 

Winterville

The wonderland returns to south London for its second year.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 15th November to 23rd December 2018

 

Melanie C kicks off the festivities at South London's answer to Winter Wonderland as Winterville returns to Clapham Common for 2018. The sporty one will be DJing her 90s Mixtape in the Spiegeltent where there's a huge musical lineup from the likes of Norman Jay, Soul II Soul's Jazzie B, The Cuban Brothers and DJ Yoda. Basically, it'll be a big old party every Friday and Saturday night, and all for FREE! Also on site are Street Feast, the ice rink, Twisted Wheels Roller Disco, Plonk Golf, the fairground and pop-up pub Bar Humbug. Backyard Cinema introduce The Christmas Labrinth, a huge magical maze which leads to a two-screen cinema in an enchanted forest with a cabaret-themed bar and a hidden tequila bar. Aerial sensationalists Chivaree Circus debut their brand-new production CRASH in the Spiegeltent. And for the first time the Winterville Spiegel hosts comedy with a special showcase of Rabbit Rabbit Comedy's favourite comedians including Kerry Godliman, Fin Taylor and Tony Laws. There's everything from Mexican wrestling to Mighty Hoopla with family fun in a converted double decker bus as Bus King Theatre stages magical puppet show What Is That In My Hat?

 
 
 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

A magical wonderland takes over Hyde Park for a winter of festive fun and games.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019

 

Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its eleventh year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. There's a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom where you can go on a Deep Sea Adventure. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet - and traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and Bavarian-style bars and cafes. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you'll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Additionally, new to this year is The Snowman Experience with Backyard Cinema. Celebrating 40 years of the classic festive book, the experience will bring the story to life through a multi-roomed, multi-sensory adventure. Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance - but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.

 
 
 
 

Christmas by the River

This Christmas market boasts a scenic backdrop.

London Bridge, 203 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 29th November 2018 to 2nd January 2019

 

One of London's most picturesque festive markets, Christmas by the River is back for its fifth year in 2018. Taking place in London Bridge, the market, housed in wooden huts, boasts a backdrop of lovely London landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and City Hall and brings together over 50 stalls selling gifts, food and drink. Get ready for Christmas and join in with the free workshops on everything from food and drink tastings to glittery arts and crafts and storytelling.

 
 
 

Belgravia Christmas Sunday

The street is transformed with over 60 craft stalls and boutique sellers.

25 Elizabeth Street, Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W 9RP

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Sunday 2nd December 2018

 

As part of Belgravia's Christmas celebrations, which will also see Father Christmas come to the area, Elisabeth Street will once again be transformed for the Belgravia Christmas Sunday. Turning the street into a magical wonderland on Sunday 2nd December, there will be more than 60 handmade craft stalls and boutique sellers providing the chance to enjoy some festive Christmas shopping. The day will also offer children's entertainment, choirs, brass bands and seasonal food and drinks.

 
 
 

SAMPLE Christmas

A pop-up weekend market of fashion, food and foliage.

Greenwich Peninsula, 1 Green Place, London, SE10 0PE

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018

 

This Christmas, HemingwayDesign curates SAMPLE a pop-up market of fashion, food and foliage at Greenwich Peninsula, held over the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of December. A late night food and drink market runs on both of the days, accompanied by live music, performances and DJ sets, while the days also bring the opportunity to purchase clothes, homewares and designer goods. This year's traders include Cakehole, Coco & Ginger, Edy & Bridge, Kimba and Woben Form. Additionally, jewellery designer Tatty Devine has created a public art installation as a unique alternative to the traditional Christmas tree. The Rainbow Halo features a rainbow archway sprinkled with jewelled stars created to represent themes such as love, peace, unity and joy.

 
 
 

The Country Living Christmas Fair 2018

Over 400 exhibitors bring a taste of rural England to London.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 7th to 11th Nov 2018

 

In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's everything you need for a perfect Christmas. There are handmade toys, stocking fillers, limited edition decorations, and, of course, plenty of seasonal food - from smoked salmon and tender ham to the delights of Cornish cheese, mulled wine, sloe gin, fudge, chocolate and traditional Christmas puddings. With all that tartan and tinsel, this is the perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood. It also gives you the chance to deal with all those traditional seasonal nightmares long before the last minute.

 
 
 

Hampstead Village Christmas Fair

The village is transformed into a winter wonderland with fairground rides, food stalls and entertainment.

Hampstead Village, Hampstead High Street, London, NW3 1QG

Tube: Hampstead Station

 

Dates: Sunday 2nd December 2018

 

This December, Hampstead Village is hosting its very own Christmas market and fair. Pedestrianising Hampstead High Street for one day only, the Hampstead Village Christmas Fair will transform the area into a winter wonderland with street food stalls, traditional fairground rides, live music and a Santa's grotto, complete with reindeer. Craft stalls will provide the chance to purchase some unique Christmas gifts and a special Festive Trail will highlight the area's best shops and attractions with mini gifts and prizes to be won.

 
 
 
 
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