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5 Must-see Christmas markets in London

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  • Ellen Ripa

We don’t mean to scare you, but yes, Christmas is coming! Fear not – there is no better way to get into the festive mood than visiting a Christmas market.

Nothing beats the atmosphere: strolling in the brisk winter air, bright twinkling Christmas lights all around and a steaming hot chocolate (or mulled cider) in hand! We’re excited already! They are a perfect place to pick from the best the festive season has to offer and really get in the spirit of Christmas. Here are 5 Christmas markets in London we think shouldn’t be missed!

 

  • London Bridge Christmas Market:
  • London Bridge Christmas market is a trail of beautiful traditional wooden huts that follow The Queen’s Walk along the riverside. The market sells a wide range of festive presents and gifts, as well as providing an amazing view of some of London’s top sightseeing spots. If you get chilly, visit the pop-up ‘Christmas by the River’ bar for a warming winter cider, beer or cocktail!
  • www.tudormarkets.com
  • Dates: 30th November 2016 – 3rd January 2017
  • Entry: FREE

 

  • Christmas in Leicester Square:
  • ‘Christmas in Leicester Square’ is an all-new festive treat for London this year. Christmas grottos and markets combine with theatre as Leicester Square joins in the seasonal fun! The Christmas Bavarian-style wooden huts are bound to delight, selling traditional hand made goods and festive food and drink.
  • www.christmasinleicestersquare.com
  • Dates: 11th November 2016 – 8th January 2017
  • Entry: FREE (Apart from theatre shows, see Website)

 

  • Winter Wonderland:
  • We obviously can’t avoid mentioning the big brother of Christmas events in London; Winter Wonderland. With an ever-dazzling array of things to do and see, there is something for all the family. Guests are instantly dazzled by the choice of rides, themed entertainment areas and of course, the larger than life Christmas market! 200 Bavarian style chalets sell goods from many shops in London as well as independent sellers. Their chocolate stands are definitely a favourite of ours!
  • www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
  • Dates: 18th November 2016 – 2nd January 2017
  • Entry: FREE (Fees apply to rides and additional entertainment)

 

  • Southbank Centre Winter Market:
  • If you prefer something more low-key, here’s another market that enjoys views of the river Thames. The Southbank Centre Christmas Market is filled with festive food and drink as well as plenty of goodies and gifts. Some of the markets are very close by, so why not visit more than one and take in the true magic of London at Christmas time!
  • www.southbankcentre.co.uk
  • Dates: 11th November 2016 – 8th January 2017
  • Entry: FREE

 

  • ScandiMarket:
  • We couldn’t resist sharing this gem with you. London’s very own Scandinavian Christmas Market. ScandiMarket has top picks of the best food, gifts and goodies that London’s Scandinavian shops and sellers have to offer! The market is situated on Albion Street between a Finnish and a Norwegian Church which also have their own inside markets to explore. Skandihome will be selling Christmas goodies as well as rugs and home accessories; so do pop by and say hello!
  • www.scandimarket.co.uk
  • Dates: 18-20 November
  • Entry: FREE