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12 of the Best London Christmas Markets [UPDATED 2022]

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12 of the Best London Christmas Markets [UPDATED 2022]

One of the best places in the UK to enjoy the Christmas season is London! From the Oxford Street lights to the ever-impressive Harrods Christmas windows, there’s just so much to get you feeling festive in the capital. Especially all the incredible London Christmas markets.

The city is bursting with them, and there really is something for everyone. From the large-scale festive extravaganza that takes over Hyde Park every year, to smaller, locally-run events. Even sustainable Christmas markets!

These markets are one of my favourite things about Christmas in the capital. Gorgeous gifts, hot snacks, mulled wine, hand-crafts, hot chocolate… need I go on?

So, here’s a list of some of the best London Christmas markets to visit this year… 

Last updated November 2021: This post has now been updated with the latest info and 2021 dates, as well as a few new xmas markets.

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Map of London Christmas Markets

12 of the Best London Christmas Markets

Southbank Centre Winter Market

2021 Dates: 4th November to 24th December
Sun – Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 11pm

Southbank Centre Winter Market London

One of my favourite London Christmas markets can be found along the Thames at South Bank, just down the road from Westminster. Here, beautifully decorated wooden chalets line the river beneath the glittering London Eye.

This is the perfect place to indulge a healthy Christmas appetite; German mulled wine – aka Glühwein – barbecued bratwurst, chimney cake, crepes, waffles – the list goes on and on. There’s also a great range of Christmas gifts including handmade soaps, wooden toys, and unique jewellery.

Alongside the market, the Southbank Centre always hosts a range of events over the winter period – in the past there’s been a Finnish Rooftop Sauna, a Wintertime Rave-A-Roo, and Slava’s Snowshow. Be sure to check the What’s On list to plan your visit.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

2021 Dates: 19th November – 3rd January
10am – 10pm, tickets must be pre-booked

London christmas markets
Photo credit © Carolina Faruolo / Fanatic 2018

Every year, Winter Wonderland takes over London’s Hyde Park with glittering lights, snow-covered chalets, and dozens of fairground rides. As London’s most popular Christmas Market, it’s fairly overcrowded and can be pretty expensive, but entry is free* and it’s so fun that it’s definitely worth a visit.

Tons of fabulous market stalls are laden with great gifts and gorgeous decorations, but there are loads more attractions at Winter Wonderland – including a funfair, ice skating, Santaland, and some great shows.

Some of the attractions and rides are charged and can be very popular, so it’s recommended to buy the tickets online in advance. It’s also worth staying nearby to make the most of the occasion, so rent one of London’s finest luxury short stay lets.

*This year, entry is free during off-peak periods only. During peak hours there is a charge.

Covent Garden Christmas

2021 dates: 9th November – 3rd January
7am until 11pm every day | Free, no booking required

Covent Garden Chistmas Markets

For me, Covent Garden is the king of the London Christmas markets. Every year, the lights and decorations are gorgeous; it’s always a sight worth seeing! This lovely festival always boasts a range of treats including craft workshops, special festive menus, and street entertainers.

Covent Garden has some of the best Christmas lights in London so don’t miss the switch-on if you’re in town. The date is usually around mid-November. Alongside the usual street performers, there are a range of events on at Covent Garden throughout the Christmas period.

For 2021 there’s a special Frozen-themed event, with Covent Garden is becoming London’s very own Arendelle thanks to Frozen, currently playing in West End at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

This year also sees the return of LEGO®, with a ‘Christmas Carousel of Creativity’ and a pop-up LEGO shop.

Zero Waste Market

2021 Dates: 27th and 28th November
Sat 27 Nov 10am –Sun 28 Nov 5pm

Recommended by: Roshni, The Wanderlust Within

Avoiding excessive waste is a challenge, especially during Christmas time. If you’re looking for alternatives head down to the Zero Waste Christmas Market on 14th-15th November 2020. Meet unique brands offering a diverse array of gifts and festive goodies to brighten up your home and deliver Christmas cheer.

Christmas gifts for all the family, stocking fillers, cards, decor…we’ve got everything you need for a wonderful Christmas. Plus enjoy festive food and drink on offer at Old Spitalfields Market, with mulled wine, mince pies, delicious hot eats and treats.

11-5 on Saturday and 10 – 5 on Sunday, Old Spitalfields Market.

READ MORE: This is also the perfect location to try out my Brick Lane street art guide

Kingston Upon Thames Christmas Market London

2021 Dates: 18th November to 24th December
Times TBC – check the website or social media for updates.

Recommended by: Sophie, Travels of Sophie

Kingston Christmas Market London

Every year, the picturesque Ancient Market Place and surrounding pedestrianised streets in Kingston Upon Thames are transformed into a magical, glittering Christmas wonderland. Over 40 traditional wooden cabins appear, selling festive treasures and handmade crafts, making it the perfect place to shop for unique gifts and stocking fillers.

No Christmas Market would be complete without a cup of steaming mulled wine and street food, and Kingston Christmas Market certainly won’t disappoint. There are numerous stalls serving classic street food and all the Christmas favourites. There is also regular live entertainment to help you get into the festive spirit.

Leicester Square Christmas Market London

2021 Dates: 12th November – 9th January 

Recommended by: Chris, More Life in your Days

Leicester Square Christmas Market London

There is a great Christmas Market at Leicester Square, right in the heart of London. It is a relatively new market, but it has quickly become a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

Throughout Christmas, Leicester Square is transformed into a wintery paradise complete with Christmassy music and market stalls selling all sorts of gifts (handmade wooden toys, Christmas decorations, etc) as well as warming drinks and comforting food.

This London Christmas Market is run by entertainments company Underbelly, which means the focus is on entertainment! There’s a fab lineup of shows in the beautiful surrounds of a traditional 1920s Spiegeltent.

Greenwich Market Christmas Lates

2021 Dates: Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch-On, 17th November from 4pm. Late shopping nights are usually every Wednesday during December, check the website for more info.

Recommended by: Rose, Where Rose Goes.

Greenwich Market London

Charming Greenwich is atmospheric around the year, and Christmas is no exception. Unlike some parts of London where a Christmas market pops up in November, Greenich Christmas Market is like a caterpillar to a butterfly as the normal market receives a spectacular Christmas makeover. The inside hall is decorated with hanging lights and Christmas decorations while the usual food stalls are replaced with bratwurst, gingerbread cookies and mulled wine.

Greenwich Market is open 7 days a week from 10am-5.30pm. But every Wednesday in December (before Christmas), it’s open until 8pm for sepcial Christmas Market Lates. Perfect for an early evening mulled wine. Not that anyone would judge you for having one with lunch!

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

2021 Dates: 16th November – 2nd January
Sunday – Wednesday: 11:00 – 21:00 Thursday – Saturday: 11:00 – 22:00

Recommended by: Rai, A Rai of Light

Christmas by the River London

Set against the backdrop of some of London’s most iconic sights, Christmas by the River has been a part of the festive scene for the past several years. Wooden cabins line the riverside stretching along Queen’s Walk from London Bridge City Pier to the Scoop at More London.

I particularly enjoy the wide variety of good food and drink stalls, sampling cuisine from around the world. London Bridge City market is also a good stop for some Christmas shopping where you’re able to find everything from artisan gifts to traditional souvenirs in London. The market also hosts a number of storytelling events, tastings, and free craft workshops to ensure all visitors are fully prepared for the festive season.

Country Living Fair London

2021 Dates: 10th – 14th November

Recommended by:  Lydia from Africa Wanderlust

best london christmas markets
Image Credit: Country Living Christmas Fair

Jumpstart your holiday shopping this November with a trip to the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair. You can spoil your loved ones with the most exquisite gifts like a dillisk flavour soft goat cheese hand-rolled into pearls or a carefully crafted artwork of a glanced scene of birds made with glass kiln fired enamel. The Country Living Fair is an excellent Christmas Market in the area because it carries a wide range of shopping items.

Treat yourself with a VIP experience to save you time by bypassing the queue, convenience with access to the private lounge, and a treat as you indulge in bottomless Prosecco. If you make this event a family affair, there is a group discount for parties of 10 or more. Tickets go on sale in November so start creating your wishlist because the event will be here before you know it!

Maltby Street Night Market

2021 details TBC 

Recommended by: Leo, Safarinomad.com

Maltby Street Night Market London

Maltby Street Night Market is a winter market that usually commences each Friday in December in the run-up to Christmas. Delicious flavours under the beautifully festooned with lights of the Ropewalks’ Victorian railway arches makes this event perfect.

What can you expect there? Exclusive festive menus from around the world, mulled wine, street food, cocktails and other winter feasts, all accompanied by traditional sounds of carolers.

Bloomberg Arcade Winter Market

2021 Dates: TBC

London Christmas Markets

Last year, Bloomberg Arcade hosted their first-ever Winter Market in the heart of the Square Mile. This was the newest of the London Christmas markets, so hopefully it will return for 2021 – but we’re still awaiting details at the moment. 

The market showcases a collection of carefully curated brands, so you can support local craft and artisan producers who champion a positive and sustainable ethos. Located in the all-weather Bloomberg Arcade, the market is ideal for gifts, stocking-fillers and indulgent treats.

A highlight from last year was the award-winning Sancta Lucia Choir spreading festive joy with a one-off magical performance to close the market! 

Winterville, Clapham

2021 Dates: Cancelled

Recommended by: Eniko, Travel Hacker Girl – check out her list of off the beaten path destinations in London for some extra exploring while you’re in the capital. 

Winterville Clapham Common London

Winterville is a very special Christmas experience in London on Clapham Common. It is not just a Christmas market with cute little stalls with handmade products and delicious food. There are many pop-up events, including magic performances, puppet shows and concerts.

If you are adventurous you can go ice skating or try one of the many rides on site. The PLONK mini golf is another fun experience in Winterville, but perhaps the highlight of a visit is the Backyard Cinema. They have a cool theme every year, including going through a Christmas tree labyrinth and then you can watch a festive movie.

What are your favourite London Christmas markets? Have I missed any off this list?

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10 thoughts on “12 of the Best London Christmas Markets [UPDATED 2022]”

  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I love the Southbank Christmas Market – it’s probably my favourite London one – there was a fabulous cheese stall there last year but it’s all so festive and beautiful with those views!

  2. Lunchex.co (@lunchexco)

    I really want to visit some European Christmas markets. All the photos look magical, festive and brilliant! This one’s a handy post !

    1. I’ve not really had any experience with their Christmas markets – the ones in this list are all my personal favourites! I lived in Brixton a couple of years ago and they didn’t have an xmas market then (that I came across). Do you have any great suggestions?

  3. you.theworld.wandering

    This is such a great post Emily!! I used to be a fan of your blog years back and glad I have rediscovered it again. Would love to experience the Christmas spirit in Hyde Park! That would be amazing!!

  4. Another sustainable Xmas market which is new this year (and it’s free!): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/londons-sustainable-christmas-market-buyagift-tickets-75691690885

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