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11 best Christmas markets in London 2024

Christmas chalets by the river Thames at Southbank Centre Winter Market
Southbank Centre Winter Market chalets. Image courtesy of India Roper-Evans/Southbank Centre.
Find much more than presents and stocking fillers at these magical Christmas markets in London.
Written by Visit London Editors Edited by David Buchanan 12 January 2024

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

The locations below usually host some of the best London Christmas markets – check back later in the year for more details about London's top Christmas markets for 2024.

1. Southbank Centre Winter Market

Twinkling lights at Southbank Centre Winter Market
Southbank Christmas Market. Image courtesy of India Roper-Evans/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. Amble past traditional wooden chalets lining the banks of the Thames and pick up stocking fillers from the Winter Marketor tuck into cheese-based food and mulled wine from the stalls. Nov TBC

2. Covent Garden Christmas markets

Twinkling Christmas trees and lights line Covent Garden market
Covent Garden market at Christmas. Credit: Covent Garden. Image courtesy of Mission.

Be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of glittering lights during Christmas in Covent Garden, which is home to three daily markets filled with handmade crafts and unique gifts for Christmas. This year sees the return of The Winter Warmer Festival, featuring mulled wine and plenty of festive-themed photo opportunities. Nov TBC

3. Leicester Square Christmas market

Piles of flavoured fudge at Leicester Square Christmas market with labels that read chocolate orange and coffee and cream
Festive treats piled high at Christmas in Leicester Square. Credit: Pasco Photography. Image courtesy of Underbelly.

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, before heading to the Belgian Spiegeltent that usually hosts the spectacular La CliqueNov TBC

4. 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. Grab a hot chocolate while listening to carol singers perform festive tunes by the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. Nov TBC

5. Winter 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.

Winter 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 hot beverage. Nov TBC

6. Spitalfields Christmas markets

Lights, decorations and a Christmas tree adorn Spitalfields Market for Christmas
Spitalfields Christmas market. Image courtesy of Sister London.

Get in the festive spirit with a visit to Spitalfields Christmas markets, where you can take your pick from several mouthwatering foodie delights before wandering through themed stalls selling clothes, jewellery and art. Finish off your Christmas gift shopping in the many shops and boutiques surrounding the market. Nov TBC

7. 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's stalls and shops that have a range of stocking fillers, fashion items, crafts and original artworks. Afterwards, wander the historic maritime neighbourhood of Greenwich, which is usually decked out in lights and a nautical-inspired Christmas tree! Nov TBC

8. 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 to picturesque Kingston upon Thames to search the riverside town's Ancient Market Place for unique Christmas gifts at the Kingston Christmas Market. The cosy cabins usually 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. Nov TBC

9. 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. Nov TBC

10. King's Cross Christmas markets

Star shaped lights hang above King's Cross Christmas market
King's Cross Christmas Market. Copyright: John Sturrock. Image courtesy of John Sturrock/King's Cross.

Enjoy some festive fun as multiple Christmas markets pop up in King's Cross. Hunt for eclectic gifts from the stalls selling a variety of goods from homeware and fashion to handmade crafts. Plus, sample plenty of warming drinks, hearty food and vegan treats while shopping to the sound of live music. Nov TBC

11. 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. Keep eyes peeled for special foodie-themed festive events. Nov TBC

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 gift inspiration, check out these top places for Christmas shopping in London or discover plenty more things to do with these 101 festive ideas for a magical time in London at Christmas.

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