Brace the bitter weather this weekend, wrap up warm and head out to one of London’s magical Christmas fairs or markets. An enjoyable day out for friends, families and couples alike – Santa’s grottos and German-style markets are springing up all over the city and are free to enter. With some of the best festive fare on offer you may even get some of your Christmas shopping list ticked off too!
Southbank Christmas Market
Open from now – 4 January (10am to late)
The Southbank Centre has just opened their riverside market. Quaint wooden chalets are clustered along the south bank filled with festive food, drinks and unique gifts. Enjoy a cup of warming mulled wine as you stroll along one of the most scenic parts of the city next to the London eye and you’ll definitely feel the Christmas spirit.
Open from now – 1 January (10am to late)
Victoria Park has now been transformed into a magical Christmas village. Including an ice rink, roller disco, fairground rides, ferris wheel, horse-drawn carriages, a charming après-ski inspired pub and a Spiegeltent where lots of events take place throughout the festive season. From pantomime, comedy & cabaret acts to a performance from Kate Bush! Check the website for all the details of what’s on in the Spiegeltent – the best part is, it’s mostly free!
Camden’s infamous market situated by the lock has had a big sprinkle of Christmas dust. Soak up the jovial festive atmosphere by perusing the market which takes over the linking canal side yards, market hall and under arch passages. Have a well-deserved break from shopping to listen to the enchanting carol singers and enjoy a hot beverage from one of the food and drink stalls.
21 November – 4 January (10am to 10pm)
A spectacular Christmas treat for all ages as central London’s Hyde Park is transformed into a mecca for festivities. Enjoy the theme park rides, mirror-maze, markets, Santa land and of course, a boozy trip to the Bavarian village where the party seems to go on all day. It’s the perfect day out but be sure to book attractions in advance to avoid the long queues due to its popularity.
Let us know how you get along!