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Christmas Markets: Secret Spots and Festive Favourites

  • December 10, 2023
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Christmas Markets: Secret Spots and Festive Favourites

While London’s well-known Christmas markets capture much attention, the city also hides a few festive treasures, lesser-known but equally enchanting. Here are some festive favourites that visitors might overlook, amidst the well-known:

Winter by the River at London Bridge City:

Against the iconic backdrop of Tower Bridge and the City skyline, Winter by the River at London Bridge City can be found on the banks of the River Thames. This lovely, fairy lit market stands out for its collection of boutique stalls and artisan gift ideas. The serene riverside setting lends an intimate touch, making this market a fun alternative for those wanting to Christmas shop in a quieter, yet charming, environment.

Dates: 14th November 2023 – 1st January 2024

Price: Free

Greenwich Christmas Market:

In the heart of Greenwich, often overlooked in the shadow of its more famed counterparts, the year-round charm of Greenwich Market takes on a special allure during the Christmas season. This market sparkles with festive brilliance as it transforms into a winter wonderland, peppered with lights and lanterns. Beyond offering a unique selection of gifts for friends and family, the covered market becomes a hub of seasonal activity. Christmas events, including a lively parade, lantern procession, and the chance to meet Santa and his elves in the grotto, add an extra layer of enchantment. Against the backdrop of this historical locale, visitors can relish a cosy atmosphere while soaking up the magic of tradition and holiday cheer.

Dates: 23rd November – 24th December 2023

Price: Free

Kingston Christmas Market:

Kingston upon Thames features a Christmas Market, marked by wooden chalets offering artisanal goods. The town’s rich history adds charm to the whole event too! Located on the River Thames, Kingston is a bustling market town with extended shopping hours during the festive season. Visitors can explore leisure activities such as local theatres, cinemas, and escape rooms, while a variety of dining options, including riverside restaurants and pubs, add to the overall appeal.

Dates: 16th November – 31st December 2023

Southbank Christmas Market and Festival:

This Christmas, the arts centre along the Thames transforms into a festive carnival, marking the return of the Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre for 2023. The South Bank Christmas Market, featuring German-style wooden chalets adorned with fairy lights, offers a selection of treats, gifts, and decorations. There will be regular poetry readings, music events and comedy. The igloos make a return for those looking for a snug retreat from the ice December winds. Here enjoy a glass of mulled wine while watching the world go by from the private glass domes. For something a little different have a go at Curling.

Date: 28th October 2023 – 7th January 2024

Price: Free

Covent Garden at Christmas:

Discover Covent Garden Christmas markets offering handmade and antique stocking fillers, shop from big-name brands in its globally famous shopping district, and indulge in delightful food and drinks after your festive shopping spree. Covent Garden’s Piazza, especially in December, is arguably one of the most Christmassy spots in London. The grand light display and huge 18-meter Christmas tree get shoppers in a festive mood from the outset. The Market Building is dressed with new decorations in the shape of giant bells, creating a magical atmosphere. Don’t miss the Winter Warmer Festival, offering mulled wine and Christmas pop-ups. While the crowds may be bustling, Covent Garden promises a festive experience like no other this Christmas season.

Dates: 8th November 2023 – 3rd January 2024

Price: Free

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