As Christmas approaches, London transforms into a winter wonderland with enchanting Christmas markets adorning its streets. These markets are the perfect place to immerse yourself in the magical spirit of Christmas. But they don’t just sell Gluhwein and Bratwurst. Many of these market stalls sell beautiful handmade ornaments and craft gifts – the perfect moving-in gift for a friend this Christmas.
In this blog, we’ll take you on a tour of some of the best Christmas markets London has to offer, each with its own unique charm and attractions.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
17th November 2023 to 1st January 2024
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic Christmas markets. From late November to early January, the park is transformed into a festive paradise with an ice rink, circus shows, a Christmas market, and a host of delicious food stalls. You can shop for handcrafted gifts, sip mulled wine, and even enjoy fairground rides. The breathtaking ice sculptures and the Giant Observation Wheel are definite must-sees.
Southbank Centre Winter Market
2nd November 2023 to 26th December 2024
Nestled along the Southbank of the River Thames, the Southbank Centre Winter Market offers an impressive backdrop of the city’s skyline. This market is perfect for foodies and art lovers. Here, you’ll find an array of global cuisines, artisanal crafts, and unique gifts. You can also enjoy performances, live music, and take a leisurely stroll along the river, admiring the festive lights.
Leicester Square Christmas Market
8th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
Leicester Square is famous for its theatres and nightlife, and at Christmas, it’s home to a vibrant Christmas market. This market is particularly family-friendly, with attractions like Santa’s Grotto and a variety of shows. This year the internationally renowned cabaret show, La Clique, will be performing. You can explore stalls offering crafts, trinkets, and enjoy a selection of festive foods and drinks.
Winter By the River at London Bridge
14th November 2023 to 1st January 2024
For a more traditional Christmas market experience, head to Christmas by the River at London Bridge. Nestled between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, this market features wooden chalets offering artisanal gifts, jewellery, and festive treats. Said to be London’s prettiest Christmas market, you can also revel in the stunning views of the illuminated Tower Bridge while sipping on hot chocolate.
London is a city that truly comes alive during the Christmas season, and its Christmas markets are a testament to this festive spirit. So, bundle up and immerse yourself in the warmth and wonder of the holiday season by exploring these delightful markets throughout the city.