This December a magical town will spring up from 2nd until 31st December in Victoria Park in East London. A free-to-enter winter wonderland with an outdoor Ice Rink, horse-drawn carriages, a fairground, ferris wheel and a pub, this wonderland also gives shoppers a Christmas Market to stock up on gifts while out and about enjoying the festive atmosphere. And that's not all, there's a Wall of Death, a food hall, street food traders, craft beer area and bars as well as a Spiegeltent hosting club nights, cabaret from Cirque du Cabaret, comedy, a special Christmas Panto. There's also a Roller Disco with an eclectic series of club nights, and a Kid's Quarter with immersive entertainment including traveling arts circus House Of Fairy Tales and a reimagined Santa's Grotto.
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
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An East London alternative to the Winter Wonderland comes to Victoria Park. East London.
Victoria Park Road, London, E3 5TB
Tube: Mile End Station
Covent Garden is one of the most magical places in London at Christmas.
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Dates: 04th November - 02nd January 2015
Notorious for its festive lighting extravaganzas, Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas at Christmas. From 6th November the area will be decorated with a shimmering 60ft tree, a 15ft topiary reindeer and thousands of twinkling pea lights and baubles. Taking inspiration from last year's LEGO advent calendar, this year also welcomes a brand-new LEGO creation on 14th November. Plus, the live reindeer petting returns to the West Piazza, providing the chance to feed Santa's helpers every Saturday from 9th November to 21st December, and acclaimed theatre company Look Left Look Right perform the world premiere of pantomime Once Upon A Christmas. Taking audiences behind the scenes of Christmas, the performance is a blend of reality and fantasy in a reunion of Prince Charming and Cinderella.
Dazzle that special someone this Christmas with a one-off piece of jewellery.
The gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 09th November - 11th January 2015
If you're looking for something special and sparkly this Christmas, you might want to take a trip to the annual Dazzle jewellery show, which this year moves from the National Theatre to gallery@oxo at Oxo Tower Wharf. The annual Christmas exhibition brings together a clutch of talented international jewellery designers who present their one-off pieces in the riverside gallery. With dozens of designers taking part, there are plenty of beautiful, glinting decorative pieces to catch your eye. Alongside established designers are talented new graduates, fresh from their college degree shows and this year, the materials go far beyond the usual precious metals and stones.
This year's festival is on a much smaller scale but is still worth a visit.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 11th November - 04th January 2015
Now that the German Christmas Market has moved to Bankside, the Southbank Centre Christmas Market is on a much smaller scale. But, the chalet-style stalls set up beside the Thames between Waterloo Bridge and the London Eye are still worth a visit due to its prime riverside location - strolling along the South Bank at any time of year is one of the best free things you can do in London but with the pretty market lining the pedestrian promenade it becomes a real treat. The traditional wooden chalets sell all kinds of gifts, such as hand-crafted trinkets, wooden toys, jewellery, candles, ceramics, clothes and glass ornamental Christmas tree decorations. Of course, it's also all about the food and drink, with sausages, hog roasts, candy floss, chocolates and sweets all on offer. Prepare to dig deep into your pockets though (the prime riverside location in the centre of town means things do not come cheap - much like at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland). The Southbank Centre Christmas Market comes under the umbrella of the Southbank Winter Festival, which includes music, theatre and comedy for all ages.
A magical wonderland takes over Hyde Park for a winter of festive fun and games.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 20th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016
Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its seventh year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. There's a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet and its heated big top entertains and warms the crowd. The traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and various Bavarian-style bars and cafes is a hoot, as is the Spiegel Saloon, a large, festive and fully covered restaurant. Don't go with an empty wallet because while the whole thing is not cheap, it's such fun you'll want to get into the spirit and spend. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you'll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance - but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.
The German style Christmas market moves from the South Bank to Bankside for 2014.
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG
Tube: Blackfriars Station
Dates: 22nd November - 24th December 2014
After six years on the South Bank, the German style Christmas Market has moved to Bankside, just outside Tate Modern, for 2014. With around 70 wooden chalet-style stalls selling everything from handmade toys and unique jewellery to bratwurst and warming cups of glühwein, it has all the ingredients for a truly festive experience. Despite moving further down the river, the market still boasts impressive views, with St Paul's and the City skyline as its backdrop, and isn't too far from its old home to combine a visit to the new, smaller-scale Southbank Centre Christmas Market.
Quirky shopping haven Columbia Road extends its opening hours for Christmas shoppers.
Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 7RG
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
Dates: 26th November - 17th December 2014
The independent shops along Columbia Road, the fragrant home of east Londons famous flower market, open late on Wednesday evenings in the lead up to Christmas offering an endearing East End alternative from the bright lights and hefty crowds of the West End. The shops, which were originally created as a Victorian shopping arcade 150-odd years ago, are usually only open on Sundays but extend their opening hours during the Christmas period. If vintage fashion, off-beat artwork, original homewares, quirky trinkets and delicious deli goods are your cup of tea (mulled wine, even) then this is the place to be on Wednesday evenings in December.
Late night shooping, live music and festive offerings from Chiltern Firehouse chef Nuno Mendes.
Chiltern Street, , London, W1U 7PA
Tube: Baker Street Station
Dates: 27th November 2014
On Thursday 27th November the chic stores and cafes on Chiltern Street in Marylebone open their doors late for a night of free drinks, goody bags, live music and festive offerings cooked by Nuno Mendes, chef at hotel du jour, the Chiltern Firehouse. The boutique hotel will be opening its courtyard so visitors can refuel between shop visits. All the shops on the street are getting involved. Monocle will be serving its Gluhwein and Swedish cinnamon buns at a reduced price, Cadenhead's are offering free whisky tasting, and you can get a sneak preview of the Christmas grotto at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar. Try traditional Scandinavian fare from Nordic Bakery in lifestyle boutique Mouki Mou, and grab a bargain with 20 per cent off at Bharti Vyas. There's even a chance to win a Chiltern Street Christmas gift hamper worth over £2,000.
A chance to buy the craftiest gifts around and meet the people who make them.
Craft Central, 33-35 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4DS
Dates: 27th - 30th November 2014
Clerkenwell is still one of the most creative quarters in the capital, but much of its arty and crafty industry goes on behind closed doors. Made in Clerkenwell Open Studio events give people a chance to explore. Craft Central is home to one hundred designers, who throw open their doors in the lead up to Christmas to show off their wares. On the high street, it's rare to meet the person (or machine) who made the goods you're about to buy, here it's one of the pleasures. Choose between jewellery, fashion, homewares, ceramics, accessories and other crafts. You can chat to individual designers about their unique processes and even commission a one-off. New for 2013, they have also teamed up with The Goldsmiths' Centre to bring an additional venue full of talent to the event. Fuelling the shopping activity, there will also be homemade cakes, savoury goods, locally roasted coffee and craft beers. One ticket allows unlimited access over the four days.
London's most interesting private garden promises an extensive range of new and innovative gifts.
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015
London's oldest Botanic Garden opens its doors once again for the annual Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair on the first weekend of December. Held in large heated marquees in the grounds, the stalls promise to boast an extensive range of new and innovative gifts, including garden paraphernalia, unusual jewellery, cashmere clothing, pottery, ceramics, woollen goods, handmade chocolates, children's clothes and exclusive leather goods. The Garden's Tangerine Dream Cafe will serve hot breakfasts and lunches (including a trademark game stew) as well as festive treats such as mince pies and mulled wine. You can also put in orders for special Christmas cakes and pies, to be delivered to your homes in time for Christmas. As well as the marvellous market, the Christmas Fair offers the public the chance to enjoy what is arguably London's most interesting private garden. Hidden behind towering brick walls and protected from the city's sounds and harsh breezes, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a truly breathtaking spot where the most idyllic collection of plants flourish in a unique, carefully created microclimate. A visit here before Christmas is a present in itself.
Street carols, Santa's Grotto and festive foosball for one night only.
Exmouth Market, Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4TL
Tube: Farringdon Station
Dates: 03rd December 2014
Exmouth Market, a pretty pedestrianised street lit up by twinkly fairy lights at any time of year, puts on a special Christmas Celebration on Wednesday 3rd December when shops and restaurants open late and food stalls set up shop. As well as discounts, mulled wine and mince pies there will be street carols from the local church choir, a Santa's Grotto for kids at In With the Old, and fabulous festive drag queens handing out Great British Pizza. Cafe Kick offers foosball and happy hour, The Klinik hair salon has drop-in dry-styling, and Hummus Bros hosts a book signing. With names like Moro, Morito and Medcalf, Caravan, Blackfoot and Borough Wines there are lots of lovely indepedent shops and restaurants to choose form.
The show features various goods from the best independent product, interior and jewellery designers.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 04th - 07th December 2014
For a refreshing and alternative shopping experience in the lead up to Christmas then try the annual East London Design Show at Shoreditch Town Hall. The show celebrates its 20th birthday this year and is offering its usual supply of stylish surprises from more than one hundred of the best independent, product, interior and jewellery designers in London. The wares range from ceramics to clothes, to jewellery and furniture, and there's also stationary, children's toys, lighting, art and homewares, plus the requisite array of zany gimcracks and cheerios. Plus, this year welcomes a new food hall that will feature the best in local, national and international foods to gift. Expect something a little sleeker, funkier and less folksy and dated than the craft goods you'll find in the German Markets around town. Who knows, you might even be buying a future design classic. Shopping is the main event, but there's also a bar/cafe and workshops on sustainable gift-wrapping, hat making and toy making.
The newly opened Ham Yard Village will be open until 9pm on 4th December.
Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT
Dates: 04th December 2014
Ham Yard Village, the new courtyard created when the Ham Yard Hotel opened in June this year, hosts a Christmas Shopping evening on Thursday 4th December with special offers and festive treats at all of the stores. Ham Yard Village shops are taking part offering discounts, Prosecco, panettone, and a gift with your purchase. Goodies from local shops like Eyewear Concierge, Anabela Chan jewellery and Bloomsbury Flowers have all been put into a hamper. To win it, visit any of the Ham Yard Village stores on the night and leave your business card or contact details. A winner will be selected on Monday 22nd December 2014.
Cashmere, craft furniture and Father Christmas all appear at the Marylebone market.
Midori House Courtyard, 1 Dorset Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 4EG
Tube: Baker Street Station
Dates: 06th - 07th December 2014
The team behind global affairs magazine Monocle are hosting a Christmas Market this December weekend, taking place in the courtyard outside their Marylebone HQ. New stalls from the likes of Another Country, CaBas, Coloquy, Iittala, M.Hulot, Rose and Rose, and Norway join old favourites at the fair including Begg & Co, selling fine cashmere scarfs and wraps; Trunk Clothiers, featuring a selection of fine menswear; and Oyuna, high quality womenswear. Plus, there will be Alpress coffee, a Japanese gift wrapping station, warming treats and live music. There's even the chance to meet Santa himself and two of his antlered helpers.
If Christmas is all about scoffing chocolate by the bucket load, then this is the festive fair for you.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, South Bank, London, N1 0QH
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 12th - 14th December 2014
Just in time to stock up on goodies for Christmas, The Chocolate Festival returns to Southbank Centre with an array of chocolatiers and artisan delights to tickle your taste buds. Create your perfect chocolate bar with help from ChocoMe, learn how to make salted caramel pecan brownies with Rachels' Kitchen, indulge in Jaz and Julss award-winning organic hot chocolate and feast on Valrhona Chocolate Afternoon Tea based on Joanne Harris' international best-selling novel 'Chocolat'. Plus, buy tempting Christmas gifts from the likes of L'Artisan du Chocolat, The Chocolatier, Hotel Chocolat, Rococo Chocolates and Choco Passion. If you are a chocoholic, or you know someone who is, then you simply cannot afford to miss this event.
The chance to buy from 30 British independent designers.
Rochelle School, Club Row, Arnold Circus, London, E2 7ES
Tube: Old Street Station
Dates: 13th - 14th December 2014
Following a summer tour across the UK's boutique festivals, the Secret Emporium returns to London this December for a festive Winter Edition. Setting up shop in the Rochelle School, the Christmas market will showcase 30 British independent designers who have been especially hand-selected. Designers not to be missed include Young Blood Apparel, Rebecca Gladstone, Timothy Reza and Samantha Crankshaw, whose green cape was recently featured on Kate Moss in Vogue. Fuelling your shopping, there will also be The Rochelle Canteen, offering a daily changing menu, as well as live music and art.
Christmas shopping with soul.
Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 13th - 14th December 2014
'Christmas shopping with soul' is how the organisers of The Crafty Fox Christmas Market are selling it and they're not wrong. Taking place at the Bussey Building in Peckham in mid-December, the market provides the chance to purchase unique, design-led products directly from the makers - perfect for some original Christmas presents. There will be steel and wooden jewellery, clothing, books, prints, toys, cards and much more.
A magical mix of street food, art and crafts, artist, live music and DJs.
Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, London, E1 6DW
Tube: Liverpool Street Station
Dates: 13th December 2014
The StockMKT hosts the imaginatively named Christmas StockingMKT this December, offering a magical mix of street food, art and crafts, artist, live music and DJs. Making Christmas shopping far more enjoyable, visitors will be able to buy unique gifts such as hand knitted accessories, vintage clothes, original designer tees, copper and leather functional artworks and natural beeswax products. The night market will also have street food from all corners of the globe.
Buy original gifts and get them wrapped in Rob Ryan screen-printed paper.
The Islington Metal Works, 7 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 14th December 2014
The BUST Christmas Craftacular is the perfect opportunity for anyone who doesn't have time to make their own trinkets to pop along and check out a number of ready-made crafty creations such as jewellery, clothing, home décor, cards and even taxidermy. Taking place at The Islington Metal Works, there will also be the chance to get your gifts wrapped in screen-printed paper by Rob Ryan and listen to DJs as you shop. Admission is only £3 and the first 100 guests receive a goodie bag.
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Winterville, Victoria Park
Covent Garden Christmas
Southbank Centre Christmas Market
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Christmas Market at Tate Modern
Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings
Chiltern Street Christmas Shopping Night
Made in Clerkenwell Christmas Open Studio
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair
Exmouth Market Christmas Celebration
East London Design Show
Ham Yard Village Christmas Shopping
The Monocle Christmas Market
Christmas Chocolate Festival
Secret Emporium Winter Edition
Crafty Fox Christmas Market
The Christmas StockingMKT
Bust Christmas Craftacular
Christmas in London 2014
Christmas Lights in London
London Ice Skating
Christmas Events and Attractions in London
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
London Christmas Shows & Pantos
Christmas Shopping in London
London Christmas Carols
Santa's Grottos in London
Christmas Trees in London
Christmas and Boxing Day in London
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Christmas Hotels in London
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