‘Tis the Season for Christmas Markets in London

Discover our top picks for this winter’s festivities.

Whether you are an avid enthusiast of roaring firings, mulled wine and mince pies or are just looking for something free to do in London from now until the New Year, the capital is aglow with twinkling lights from Christmas markets and festivals this time of year.

Take a look at some of best and brightest London Christmas Markets to visit from now until after Christmas:

Southbank Christmas Market

South Bank Christmas Market

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now – 4 January

This riverside market is one of the earliest Christmas Markets in London to set up and longest to stay around, offering festive food and fun from 10am every day. If the wooden chalets juxtaposed with the modern Southbank Centre aren’t enough, there’s a Real Food Christmas Market behind the Royal Festival Hall from 19-23 December, also free to enter for extra Christmas cheer.

Barbican Christmas Market

Candles at a London Christmas Market

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12–21 December

This year will be the second time the Barbican will host its 10 days of shopping for the season, highlighting gifts and designs from local traders – perfect for that special gift for that special someone. Find quality vintage clothes, books, toys and more as well as mulled wine and mince pies.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park winter wonderland

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now – 4 January

Certainly one of the highlights of the Christmas season, Winter Wonderland 2014 promises to be even more fairylike this year with its ice rink, circus, Christmas markets and Magical Ice Kingdom. It’s free to enter, but advance tickets are on sale for fast-track entry into Hyde Park at its most sensational time.

Winterville 2014

Christmas Market in London

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2 December – 1 January

Fresh just like the chilly air in the capital, Winterville 2014 is a new East London Christmas Market popping up in Hackney’s Victoria Park. Winterville is a top seasonal market that should not be missed, said to be complete with a Ferris wheel, Kid’s Corner, and themed pubs.

More London Festive Market

8–21 December
Looking for the ultimate Christmas Market in London? Try the one across from the Tower of London along the Thames with a view of the famous Tower Bridge. More London hosts their annual festive market in German styled chalets with products and food from over 35 local Londoners.

These are just a few highlights of the many London festive events from now until 1st January, so make sure to go out and explore as many as you can!

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