The festive season is upon us, and the Christmassy cheer has well and truly begun. If you’re wondering where to visit for your annual pilgrimage to a Christmas Market – and can’t quite stretch the budget to abroad – then London has a wide range of offerings which are equally as good.
Find beautiful, quirky and unique gifts at London Christmas markets and festive fairs, from jewellery to crafts and toys. Many Christmas London markets also feature fairground rides, carol singing and festive treats such as mince pies and mulled wine.
The capital has some particularly good offerings and more than a few chances to pick up something special – London’s independent designers are out in force, with all manner of handmade crafts and gifts.
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park‘s massive tribute to festive fun. The Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you’re ready to hear all those songs as you potter. You’ll find handmade gifts and pretty confectionery sold from cute wooden huts.
Pretty wooden chalets will fill the space between the Tate Modern and the Thames for a third year in 2016 for this traditional Christmas market. Browse handmade wooden toys, accessories, intricate decorations and plenty more, then tuck into festive food and warming cups of the mulled wine. A Victorian carousel and festive music help add to the Christmas spirit.
The capital’s latest Crimbo destination Christmas in Leicester Square will be home to a grotto, a vintage Speigeltent and a traditional Christmas market to stock up on all your trinkets and twinkles.
The annual Christmas market at the Southbank Centre is a cute collection of chalets selling gifts and crafts. There are also family friendly rides, carol singers, food stalls and loads of pretty lights to add to the atmosphere.
The festive edition of the Real Food Market offers a selection of sustainably and ethically produced fine foods but with extra added seasonal goodies. Pick up continental cheeses, Christmas puddings, cured meats and hampers for your hungriest family members, while you tuck into ready-to-eat treats such as mulled wine and mince pies.
Every tree sold at the Christmas Forests springing up in the capital will result in another tree being planted in the drylands of Africa via the Charity Tree Aid. This year they hope to hot their 200,00th tree, helping to re-green environments and improve the lives of families living in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Mali. Ten forests will be selling trees, holly, mistletoe and wreaths across Dulwich, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Lavender Hill, Finsbury Park and other parts of London with a delivery service available.
When ? From 20th November 2016 to 3rd January 2017