From the enormous Christmas market at Winter Wonderland to the dazzling Southbank Centre Winter Market, find the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones and savour plenty of seasonal fare at the spectacular festive London markets which pop-up across the capital during the countdown to Christmas.
Christmas Markets at Winter Wonderland
Soak up the festive atmosphere at Winter Wonderland, as one of the biggest Christmas markets in London returns to the magical setting of Hyde Park. There are more than 200 wooden cabins overflowing with fantastic gift ideas; from the traditional German Christmas Market, to the alternative Angels and Fairies Markets filled with beautiful jewellery, unusual crafts, toys and more. After Christmas shopping, go for a skate on the open-air ice rink, see London sparkle from the Giant Observation Wheel, or take a short wander over to the famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights. 18 Nov-2 Jan
Winter Festival at Southbank Centre
See the South Bank's beautiful riverside area transformed into a wintry wonderland, as you pick up gorgeous Christmas gifts from the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market. Amble past the traditional wooden chalets lining the banks of the Thames, which are brimming with lovely stocking fillers and bespoke items. There’s also a mouth-watering variety of seasonal treats to enjoy: tuck into mince pies, traditional German sausages, hot chocolate and much more underneath the glittering Christmas lights. Warm up next to the fire at the Rekorderlig Winter Lodge or marvel at the huge Christmas tree, before catching a fantastic Christmas show. 11 Nov-25 Jan
Christmas By The River at London Bridge City
Celebrate Christmas By The River as you browse for gifts at the picture-perfect Christmas market, which sets the stylish area of London Bridge City alight with a festive glow. Find more than 40 beautiful huts twinkling next to the Thames, packed with a spectacular selection of festive goods including original presents, cool handmade crafts and plenty of delicious snacks. Once you’re all shopped out, enjoy a well-deserved rest at the pop-up riverside bar and sip on a steaming glühwein, while admiring the stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. 30 Nov-3 Jan
Tate Modern Christmas Market
Shop for Christmas gifts at the charming Tate Modern Christmas Market, returning to the the iconic art gallery for the third year in a row. Stroll past twinkling wooden chalets offering a variety of festive wares, from traditional children’s toys to garlands of decorated gingerbread. Afterwards, defrost with a warm drink by the riverside or chow down on a German bratwurst, and treat little ones to a go on the Christmas market’s fairground. 19 Nov-23 Dec
Greenwich Market at Christmas
Tick items off of your Christmas shopping list at the vibrant Greenwich Market, as the London market is gloriously decked out with glitzy lights and festive goodies. Look out for presents among more than 100 stalls, selling a range of cool stocking fillers, original art pieces, fashion gifts and more. You can also keep the wintry chill at bay with some festive street food, and visit Father Christmas and his merry elves in the magical Santa’s Grotto. 23 Nov-24 Dec
Kingston Christmas Market
Venture over to the picturesque Kingston upon Thames, where you can search the riverside town’s Ancient Market Place and pretty surrounding streets for unique Christmas gifts. There’s more than 100 sparkly cabins at the Kingston Christmas Market, packed with a range of foodie treats, handmade arts and crafts, beautiful decorations and more. Afterwards, enjoy seasonal entertainment while tucking into some German-style street food or sip on a warming mulled cider at one of the outdoor bars. If you’re visiting with kids, look out for the magical Nutcracker Kings and Soldiers sculptures. 19 Nov-31 Dec
More Festive Fairs in London
Discover an array of other Christmas fairs and specialist London markets in the run-up to Christmas. Pick up festive treats at Taste of London Winter or the BBC Good Food Festive Fayre; while the green-fingered will also love the RHS London Christmas Show and Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden. For something a little bit different this festive season, head over to the Hyper Japan Christmas Market at Tobacco Dock.