The Best and Most Instagram-Worthy Christmas Markets in London
Christmas is a time for good food, group get-togethers, and the all-important Christmas markets. And while they might be an essential part of modern festivities, they date back to the Late Middle Ages when the tradition began in Germany. The Striezelmarkt in Dresden is even considered to be the first genuine Christmas market in the world and was founded in 1434.
Today, you can expect pop-up stalls selling everything from delicious hot dogs and boozy hot drinks to stocking fillers and baubles. As the UK’s capital, London is home to some incredible markets too — whether you’re looking for a traditional set-up or something a little different. Here, we explore some of the most popular London Xmas markets.
Christmas Markets London
Friends, families, and couples flock to festive markets in London every year and whatever your style or budget, you’re sure to find one to suit.
Leicester Square Christmas Market
From 9th November to 8th January, Leicester Square will be transformed. Expect stalls with seasonal treats as well as a Spiegeltent showcasing winter performances including La Clique. The market itself is free to enter but some activities may have additional fees.
Kingston Christmas Market
Taking place from 18th November to Christmas Eve, Kingston Christmas Market offers European-style stalls, bars, food, and entertainment as well as curling activities. Carol singers, a carousel and live music mean it’s the perfect place to get into the festive spirit and the market itself is free. You can find the entrance on the high street of Kingston-Upon-Thames.
One of London’s largest Christmas markets and situated in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland runs from 18th November to 2nd January. It’s open from 10am to 10pm every day. If you want to visit during peak hours, London Christmas market tickets cost up to £7.50 but are free during off-peak times.
Christmas By the River at London Bridge
Running from 15th November until 2nd January, Christmas by the River boasts a selection of stalls, bars, and festive activities along the banks of the river at London Bridge, which are free to enjoy at your leisure. You can expect outdoor festive films too, which are also completely free. Dubbed one of the prettiest Christmas markets in London, we can’t help but agree.
Selfridges Christmas Market
In its second year, the Selfridges Christmas Market can be found on the Edward Mews from 5th November to 23rd December. With stalls selling everything from sustainably grown Christmas trees to must-have gifts, there’s also plenty of food and drink stalls. Booking isn’t required and you’re free to wander around and explore at your own pace.
Trafalgar Square Christmas Market
Home to one of London’s biggest Christmas trees, Trafalgar Square will also be setting up its first winter market in London. Located in front of the National Gallery, there’ll be around 30 stalls as well as an outdoor dining area. It’s completely free and will be open from November to January.
Southbank Centre’s Winter Market
Situated along Queen’s Walk by the Thames, the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market offers Christmas stalls in London, activities for all ages — and it’s completely free. With traditional Bavarian hot dogs as well as vegan delicacies and hot drinks as well as alpine-style chalets selling gifts, it’s the perfect place to unwind. It’s open from 4th November to 21st December.
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