One of the many delights of Christmas in London are the Christmas Markets and Fairs. Great places to wander around, grab a glass of mulled wine, eat a mince pie, and buy some great (artisan) gifts for your loved ones (and yourself).
The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. The Dresden Christmas market - first held in 1434 is often said to be the oldest Christmas market, although this is hotly contested!
Southbank Centre Winter Market
Stroll through our wooden chalet markets, filled with festive food, drink, gifts and treats. Clustered along the riverbank, you can enjoy mulled wine, quality edibles and handmade crafts at our Winter Market, all while taking in the sights and sounds of London at Christmas time.
Camden Christmas Market
Camden Christmas Market will offer you an alter-nativity shopping experience, with music, street food and mulled wine to sip as you shop. Thursdays.
Hyper Japan Christmas Market
This year’s Christmas market boasts a variety of performers, special guests, exhibitors, food stalls, creative workshops - and most importantly - plenty of kawaii and kooky gift ideas. The ultimate destination to discover truly unique presents for the festive season.
Islington Christmas Market
The Islington Christmas Market returns this year to The Angel Central Shopping Centre N1. Gifts, treats, decorations and everything festive you can imagine.
Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden. A great choice of gifts in heated marquees in the Chelsea Physic Garden including handmade clothing, pottery and ceramics, garden paraphernalia, wonderful jewellery, artisan chocolates and beautiful leather goods.
Boutique de Noel
Shopping extravaganza, held at the Kensington Town Hall will include cocktails, two auctions, and of course plenty of Christmas shopping.
Christmas in Leicester Square
Christmas in Leicester Square is a new festival which transforms the centre of bustling London into a wonderland including traditional Christmas markets with hand-crafted goods and delicious food and drinks, a Santa's Grotto where children will be able to meet the man himself.
The Ideal Home Show at Christmas
Earls Court in West London hosts the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, bringing together over 400 exhibitors to offer everything you’ll need to make your home ideal for Christmas.
Country Living Christmas Fair
You'll find everything you need for the perfect Christmas, from the market with hand-crafted decorations to traditional toys, the latest fashion, limited-edition jewellery and a mouth watering array of festive food and drink. This Christmas Fair is in Islington, North London.
Spirit of Christmas Fair
Based at Olympia (West London), the Spirit of Christmas Fair includes a Food Hall, Producer's Market, and a British Designer's Market. A great place to prepare for your Christmas in London.
Belgravia Christmas Fayre
Pimlico Road and the newly refurbished Elizabeth Street in Belgravia will be transformed into a winter wonderland as the unique boutiques, bars and restaurants celebrate the festive season.
Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew is full of festive sparkle and activities for all the family, with Father Christmas in his grotto, special winter walks, face painting and a carousel for kids and roasted chestnuts.
Christmas in July
Whilst in Britain we associate Christmas with the wintry chill of late December, around the world festive celebrations take place at different times of the year. We take a look at some of them.
by Mr B
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Many London stores open late in the run up to Christmas, and some of the smaller boutique stores actually hand out free drinks and cakes to get everyone into the festive mood. The tradition of giving away glasses of mulled wine has almost disappeared in London due to a crackdown on serving alcohol from unlicensed premises!