Christmas is a wonderful time of year and London’s celebratory markets, sickness fairs and festive events make it a great city to visit for Christmas all the way till New Year. London’s selection of markets is guaranteed to lure all into the festive feeling. Along side Natural History Museum’s ice rink and the celebrations at Kew Market, ed London has everything to offer.
22nd November 2013 – 5th January 2014: 10am – 10pm
Declared by the Daily Star as ‘The coolest new Christmas spectacle’ Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is London’s largest and most exciting Christmas market. With two Christmas circuses, amusement rides, Santa land and Britain’s biggest outdoor ice rink Winter Wonderland presents fun for all the family. It’s two markets sell decorative sweets, handmade arts and crafts and plenty of Gluwhein (mulled wine) to help wash everything down. Ideal for both children and adults, the festivities are guaranteed to turn even the most Scrooge-esque member of the family into an elf, or at least an advocate for the jolly season. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa’s grotto where children can meet Santa and receive gifts. Visitors can walk around absorbing the merry atmosphere as Winter Wonderland is free entry but it will take a lot of will not to indulge in Christmas gifts and the amusement rides.
Southbank Centre Christmas Market Queens Walk
16 November – 24 December: 10am – 10pm
Celebrate Christmas alongside the banks of the Thames with mulled wine, handmade gifts, gingerbread and other delicious merry treats. Visitors can listen to Christmas carols and prepare themselves for the festive season around the spectacular Christmas tree. The Southbank Centre’s Christmas Market presents a wonderful opportunity for the whole family celebrate the spirit and joy in the run up to December 25th. Foodies may be particularly interested in the Real Food Christmas Market, also along the Southbank during the last two weekends of December. Featuring an amazing array of fresh seasonal produce and street food, the Christmas market also presents a great opportunity to buy some extras for Boxing Day lunch.
Spirit of Christmas Fair – Olympia
5 – 10 November: 10am – 6pm
The perfect way to begin Christmas shopping, the Spirit of Christmas Fair attracts hundreds of visitors each year with its various exhibits selling various gifts both decorative for the home and gifts for both adults and children. Including a variety of highlights such as House & Garden workshop, Luxury Travel Fair and Mosimann’s Winter Restaurant the Christmas fair is a fantastic sophisticated day out. Even if it’s for a day, visitors can live in the lap of luxury and treat themselves to some boutique (early!) Christmas presents.
When visiting Christmas markets in London, travelers need to ensure they have a good hotel in central London, close to a tube station, to avoid spending hours commuting between the markets and other attractions. There are plenty fabulous hotels on offer to suit all price ranges, many also celebrate Christmas in their own unique way allowing guests to enjoy the festive season to its fullest extent.