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Best 10 Christmas markets in London 2022

Find much more than presents and stocking fillers at these magical Christmas markets in London.

Find the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones and enjoy plenty of street food, twinkling lights and entertainment throughout the festive season at London's most popular Christmas markets.

Check out the best London Christmas markets in 2022. The locations below host some of the top Christmas markets in London, which often stay open until the New Year.

1. Southbank Centre Winter Market

Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. People walking on a winter evening around fairy lit market stalls.
Southbank Centre's Winter Market. © Pete Woodhead. Image courtesy of Southbank Centre.

See the South Bank's riverside transformed into a wintry wonderland, where global cuisine and an artisan Christmas market come together in one sparkling location for Southbank Centre's Winter Festival (3 Nov-8 Jan). Amble past the traditional wooden chalets lining the banks of the Thames and pick up gorgeous stocking fillers from the Winter Market, or tuck into cheese-based food, cocktails and mulled wine. 3 Nov-26 Jan

2. Covent Garden Christmas markets

Shoppers walking through Covent Garden, London, decorated for Christmas
Christmas shopping in Covent Garden. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of glittering lights decorating Covent Garden, which is home to three daily markets filled with handmade crafts and unique gifts for Christmas. More activities in the area include The Winter Warmer Festival (8-20 Nov), festive-themed photo opportunities and even a daily sprinkle of snow. From 8 Nov

3. Leicester Square Christmas market

Crowds of people walking between festive Christmas markets at Leicester Square
Leicester Square Christmas market. Image courtesy of Leicester Square.

Experience festive fun with Christmas in Leicester Square, which gives the home of blockbuster film premieres a yuletide makeover. Browse the traditional market filled with a wonderful array of crafts and tempting treats. Afterwards, head to the Belgian Spiegeltent to enjoy a brilliant performance of La Clique. 9 Nov-8 Jan

4. Kingston Christmas Market

People sitting, eating and drinking under a well lit market place canopy, decorated in Christmas wreaths, lights and ornaments, in a historical market town.
Kingston upon Thames Christmas market. Image courtesy of Keston Events.

Venture over to picturesque Kingston upon Thames, where you can search the riverside town's Ancient Market Place for unique Christmas gifts at the Kingston Christmas Market. The cosy cabins come packed with a range of handmade arts and crafts, beautiful decorations and stocking fillers. Afterwards, enjoy seasonal entertainment while tucking into some street food. 10 Nov-24 Dec

5. King's Cross Christmas markets

Various star ornaments hanging from the ceiling above canopied market stalls and warmly dressed visitors.
Christmas under the Canopy at King's Cross. Image Courtesy of King's Cross.

Get in on the action as 10 Christmas markets pop up in King's Cross, including Christmas under the Canopy (1-22 Dec). You'll find Japanese homeware, independent fashion, artisan gifts and handmade crafts across the many different markets. Plus, make sure to pick up some warming drinks, hearty food and vegan treats while you shop. 11 Nov-22 Dec

6. Trafalgar Square Christmas market

The illuminated Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, lit with strings of white lights, at night.
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree © visitlondon.com/Ben Pipe.

Wander past the wooden chalets filled with handmade crafts, cool gifts and delicious treats at the Trafalgar Square Christmas market. Afterwards, grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine at the bar while listening to carol singers perform festive tunes by the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree11 Nov-2 Jan

7. Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

People standing and browsing at Christmas market stalls selling 'award winning cheese'
Christmas by the River at London Bridge City. Image courtesy of London Bridge City.

Christmas By The River at London Bridge City is set against stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, offering wooden huts packed with original presents, handmade crafts and plenty of delicious snacks. Indulge in mouthwatering food from an array of pop-up stalls and admire one of London's most iconic skyline views with a steaming cup of mulled wine. 15 Nov-2 Jan

8. Borough Market at Christmas

Large wreaths decorated in red, gold and cream hanging from the tall ceiling of Borough Market with an equally well decorated Christmas tree in the background.
Borough Market's Christmas Market. Image courtesy of Borough Market.

Explore the historical arches of Borough Market, decked out with lights, decorations and twinkling ornaments, as you source some of the finest seasonal foods while listening to buskers singing jolly tunes. Special festive events include the popular Evening of Cheese (15 Dec)! 15 Nov-9 Jan

9. Greenwich Christmas market

Greenwich Market entrance with columns in front of decorated Christmas trees and people walking by.
Greenwich Market Christmas Market. © Ed Simmons. Image courtesy of Greenwich Market.

Tick items off your Christmas shopping list while browsing Greenwich Market stalls and shops, selling a range of stocking fillers, fashion items, crafts and original artworks. Make sure to also wander around the ancient maritime neighbourhood of Greenwich, which is decked out with lights and festive goodies. From 16 Nov

10. Winter Wonderland Christmas market

People dressed in coats visiting Christmas market stalls either side of twinkly string lights at dusk.
Winter Wonderland Christmas market. Image courtesy of Winter Wonderland.

Follow the lights to Hyde Park and soak up the festive atmosphere of Winter Wonderland, one of the biggest Christmas markets in London. Discover more than 100 wooden cabins overflowing with fantastic gifts, including handmade crafts and beautiful pieces of jewellery. It's also home to the UK's biggest outdoor ice rink, a Giant Observation Wheel and top Winter Wonderland Christmas shows. 18 Nov-2 Jan

More Christmas markets beyond London

Treat the special people in your life to London vouchers for top spots or browse luxury Christmas gifts and experiences in the city.

If you're looking for more Christmas inspiration, check out the top places for Christmas shopping in London and discover plenty more things to do with these 101 festive ideas for a magical time in London at Christmas.

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