In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's everything you need for a perfect Christmas. There are handmade toys, stocking fillers, limited edition decorations, and, of course, plenty of seasonal food - from smoked salmon and tender ham to the delights of Cornish cheese, mulled wine, sloe gin, fudge, chocolate and traditional Christmas puddings. With all that tartan and tinsel, this is the perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood. It also gives you the chance to deal with all those traditional seasonal nightmares long before the last minute.
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
Exhibitors showcase everything you need for the perfect Christmas.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 9th to 13th Nov 2016
"The perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven."
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 2SF
Dates: 19th - 22nd November 2015
More than 30,000 visitors typically enjoy the foodie event presented as "the perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven". At 'Taste of London Winter' (previously Taste of Christmas) the kings and queens of cookery share their top tips for making the festive season a culinary triumph. As well as the opportunity to take part in live cooking demonstrations you can give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients to inject some inspirational spark into your family's tried and tested festive classics. A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants come to the east London's Tobacco Dock offering tastings and food demonstrations. Taste of London Winter always boasts some of the country's finest chefs and last year Mark Hix, Raymond Blanc, Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, Michel Roux Jr, Neil Rankin, and Jason Atherton (Social Eating House, Little Social, Berners Tavern and City Social) were just some of the well known names on the list.
The traditional wooden chalets line the South Bank once again.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 20th November - 24th December 2015
The Southbank Centre Christmas Market returns for 2015, with the chalet-style stalls once again lining the riverfront between Waterloo Bridge and the London Eye. Strolling on the riverside at this time of year is one of the best free things you can do in London and with the pretty market on 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 - 03rd 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 largest home event of the winter.
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA
Dates: 25th - 29th November 2015
New for the 2015 Ideal Home Show at Christmas is the Christmas Arcade filled with the latest toys, gifts, books and gizmos, perfect presents for friends and family. With over 650 exhibitors across 7 sections from interiors to gadgets there are gift ideas for everyone. Celebrities attending the show include Gregg Wallace who fronts the restaurant, top chef and TV food personality Gino D'Acampo who will be at Olympia on Wednesday to help officially open the show. Interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will also be on hand on to welcome visitors and give handy hints and tips on the Christmas Theatre. And the inspirational Katie Piper will be giving talks on about fashion, beauty and all things festive. Raise a glass with drinks expert Olly Smith who'll be giving tips on food and top tipples.
The east London alternative to Winter Wonderland returns to Victoria Park.
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN
Tube: Mile End Station
Dates: 26th November - 23rd December 2015
After taking over Victoria Park for the first time in 2014, Winterville is returning for another festive season this year. East London's answer to Winter Wonderland, the town of Winterville brings together a number of classic Christmas season favourites, including an ice rink, a Santa's Grotto, a fairground and Christmas market, Bizarre Bazaar. Backyard Cinema will be creating an enchanted forest named The Winter Night Garden which, accessed only via a secret tunnel, will showcase classic films such as Love Actually, The Muppet Christmas and Elf. More entertainment can be found in the Spiegeltent, with a Snow White pantomime, Cirque du Cabaret, Shit-Faced Shakespeare and Indeedy Musical Bingo. Plus, Plonk Crazy Golf will bring a brand new nine hole putting project to the site; the Kid's Quarter will keep the little ones entertained with soft play areas, a children's market and a Santa's Grotto designed by interactive events company Bearded Kitten; and Moscow State Circus roll into town with gravity defying aerial acts, wire walkers and clowns galore. Food and drink will also feature heavily with town pub, Bar Humbug, serving real ales, mulled wine, cider and hot chocolate.
The German style Christmas market returns to its new Bankside location.
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG
Dates: 20th November - 23rd December 2015
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.
A festive showcase of Japanese culture.
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF
Dates: 27th - 29th November 2015
The Hyper Japan Christmas Market offers a festive take on the event, which showcases the culture, customs, language, travel and anime in a big, vibrant showcase. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, visitors will be able to browse stalls selling wrapping paper and gifts as well as fashion items, toys, traditional tableware and edible presents in a food hall boasting Japanese chocolate, tea, snacks and sake. The event will also host Ramen 101 with Ippudo, the Sushi Awards 2015, Japanese flower arrangement and the Sake Cocktail Awards.
The Chocolate Festival
If Christmas is all about scoffing chocolate by the bucket load, then this is the festive fair for you.
Just in time to stock up on goodies for Christmas, The Chocolate Festival returns to Business Design Centre with an array of chocolatiers and artisan delights to tickle your taste buds. This event will feature stands from award winning chocolatiers, demonstrations, tastings and talks. There will be a Cocoa Spa, where guests can try luxurious cocoa beauty treatments; a Health Zone, serving up free-from and raw chocolate and providing information with the health benefits of chocolate; and a Chocolate Market, where you can pick up goodies from Britain's best artisan chocolate companies. If you are a chocoholic, or you know someone who is, then you simply cannot afford to miss this event.
A refreshing alternative to Christmas shopping.
Islington Green, , London, N1 2XA
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 04th - 20th December 2015
Returning after a two-year absence, the Islington Christmas Market is back at Islington Green for 2015. Offering a refreshing alternative to Christmas shopping, the event brings together more than 70 hand-picked exhibitors from all over the UK, who will showcase fresh food produce and a few surprises. There will also be a Santa's grotto where the little ones can meet Father Christmas.
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: 05th - 06th December 2015
The team behind global affairs magazine Monocle are flying in a Finnish Santa, reindeers and welcoming new stalls from the likes of Shinola and Mast Brothers for their Christmas Market this year. The December weekend fair, taking place in the courtyard outside their Marylebone HQ, pitches new stalls from The Geometry of Pasta, Freight Store and Khunu and their yak wool garments alongside old favourites including Begg & Co, selling fine cashmere scarfs and wraps, Trunk Clothiers who specialise in fine menswear, and Oyuna for high quality womenswear. Plus, there will be Alpress coffee, a tombola, warming treats and live music. There's even the chance to meet Santa himself and three of his antlered helpers.
Christmas shopping with soul.
The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ
Tube: Brixton Station
Dates: 05th - 17th December 2015
'Christmas shopping with soul' is how the organisers of The Crafty Fox Christmas Market are selling it and they're not wrong. With numerous markets taking place throughout December, the market provides the chance to buy unique, design-led items directly from the makers, providing the perfect opportunity to snap up some original Christmas presents. From steel and wooden jewellery to clothing, books, prints and toys, there's something for all of your loved ones. The market can be found at The Dogstar, Brixton on 5th and 6th December, The Museum of London Docklands on 8th December, the Bussey Building, Peckham on 12th and 13th December, and the Geffrye Museum on 17th December.
Shop for leather goods and hand-drawn designs at the East Village Christmas market.
East Village, 15-19 Penny Brookes Street, East Village, London, E20 1DA
Tube: Stratford Station
Dates: 05th - 20th December 2015
Beautiful hand-crafted goods, perfect for thoughtful gifts, including quality leather goods from Briggs and Shears and hand-crafted jewellery from Inger Studio are on offer at the first Christmas Makers Market at East Village on weekends throughout December. The former Olympic Athletes Village has enlisted the help of lifestyle brand Earl of East London to host the market featuring hand-drawn designs from London printers, Lamplighter London, individual ceramic pieces from Blue Guy Pottery and indoor planters and terrariums with Ro Co. You can also meet the makers at a series of workshops, demonstrating craft skills from copper wreath-making to mini calligraphy workshops. And, once you've learnt how to handcraft leather items, you can try your hand at making their own personalised Christmas gifts. Leave time to visit l ocal businesses Tina, We Salute You , Firezza, Bottle Apostle , Neighbourhood, Darkhorse Bar & Restaurant , family lifestyle store Olive Loves Alfie and bike store Pave Velo while you're there.
Learn how to make your own unique presents at this crafty fair.
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Tube: Canning Town Station
Dates: 19th - 21st November 2015
Back for a second year in 2015, the Simply Christmas, Hobbycraft and Art Materials Live Show is perfect for those who prefer to avoid the high street in the lead up to Christmas. Taking place at ExCeL, the event sees over 200 exhibitors come together to showcase a broad range of handcrafted gifts, as well as craft supplies, demonstrations, workshops and 'Make & Take' sessions. There will also be top papercraft exhibitors ensuring your gifts are the best looking presents under tree and free workshops and demonstrations to ensure you can make some bespoke gifts with the supplies you purchase. The show will also host the world?s largest knitted Christmas tree, which standing at 25 feet, was created by knitter extraordinaire Alison Murray and her volunteer team of 700 knitters.
Fortnum & Mason takes over Somerset House with this festive pop-up.
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 18th November - 03rd January 2016
Back for a second year, the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Arcade transforms the West Wing of Somerset House into a Christmassy pop-up version of the flagship Piccadilly store. Showcasing the very best of Fortnum & Mason's world-renowned products, it will be the perfect place to stop by and pick up some festive treats, from foodie fare and fashion accessories to Christmas decorations and unique gifts. The pop-up will be split into different themed rooms, dedicated to men's and women's gifts, a Christmas room with a children's section and confectionary, and new for this season, there will be a fresh food range, boasting smoked salmon that's been house cured on the roof of the Piccadilly department store. Also available to buy will be two, limited-edition Christmas tree decorations: an exquisite, hand-embroidered miniature cushion depicting a skate scene at Somerset House and a beautiful, mouth-blown, porcelain bauble with gold glitter, both only available at The Christmas Arcade.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair 2015
Taste of London Winter
Southbank Centre Christmas Market
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Ideal Home Show At Christmas
Christmas Market at Tate Modern
Hyper Japan - Christmas Market
The Chocolate Festival
Islington Christmas Market
The Monocle Christmas Market
Crafty Fox Christmas Market
Christmas Makers Market at East Village E20
Simply Christmas, Hobbycrafts & Art Materials Live
The Christmas Arcade
Christmas in London 2015
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
Christmas Day Dining in London
New Year's Eve in London
- Christmas Lights in London
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