It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year again and one way of getting into the Christmas spirit is by visiting some of London’s best Christmas markets. London offers some of the most magical Christmas markets to choose from, which have everything from horse drawn carriage rides, Christmas shopping stalls, and most importantly, an abundance of mulled wine and Christmas treats. Here is a list of some of London’s best Christmas Markets this year:
The name says it all. Located right in the heart of London in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is getting bigger and better each year. The Bavarian Village, Circus shows, and a visit to the man behind the magic in Santa’s Grotto, are just a few of the many attractions that make this wonderland so wonderful. Head over to the Ice Bar and receive a complimentary drink with your ticket upon entry into the glistening arctic experience. Enjoy the festive fare while exploring the many festive market stalls for little treasures to take home. And if you’re more of an adrenaline junkie you’ll want to take advantage of the all thrilling attractions and rides the park has to offer. Being one of London’s busiest markets, you’ll want to book in advance for some of the popular attractions like the Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Circus, and the Ice Skating rink.
Where: Hyde Park.
When: 21st November – January 4th (closed on Christmas), 10am-10pm.
CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Yes, you read that correctly. A festival combining Christmas and chocolate. Visit this sweet tooth’s heaven and spend your time exploring the grounds while exciting your taste buds with all the chocolate you could ever dream of. And for those who are on the health kick, there’s even a Health Zone where you can try raw chocolate that is actually good for you! If you feel overwhelmed from hunting down the Hot Chocolate trail, you can end your day at the Cocoa Spa with fancy cocoa butter beauty treatments. With chocolate behind the release of endorphins (aka the brain’s feel good chemicals), you’re sure to leave here in the happiest state.
Tickets: Adult £7 (£8 at the door), Child £4 (£5 at the door).
When: 12 – 14 December, timings vary.
SHOREDITCH CHRISTMAS TRIANGLE
This Christmas market supports 30 local shops, designers, bars, restaurants, events and much more in Shoreditch over the Christmas holidays, so you can see why Locappy loves this market in particular <3. Get involved in the East London edge this December by participating in a host of Christmas workshops and events. If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, you’ll love exploring the treasures that this side of town has to offer. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without music, mince pieces and mulled wine, which will be available all over the Shoreditch triangle through participating shops.
When: December 4th, 11th & 18th (Every Thursday).
What’s better than riding around Central Park in a horse drawn carriage? Saving the £1000 flight, and heading to Winterville, where you can cozy up next to your loved one while strolling through this Victoria Park Christmas Land. If you’re feeling a bit chilly, you can head into the heated Spiegeltent for the Cirque Du Cabarets exotic performance mixing comedy, live music, circus and burlesque. Alternatively you can roll on over to the Roller Disco for some energetic freestyle and choreographed skating performances, which also host club nights. With all that said, Winterville still offers the classic Christmas market staples, like the ice rink, Ferris wheel and market stalls. And don’t forget to check out all the food and drink, hosting street food vendors such as Voodoo Rays infamous pizzeria, and the Craft Beer Area’s abundance of local brews.
Where: Victoria Park
When: 2nd December – 1st January, 10am – late (closed on 25th & 26th).
CHRISTMAS AT COVENT GARDEN
Check out the stunning Christmas light display, as Covent Garden is transformed into a magical wonderland showered in festival decorations, including a 22 foot silver reindeer. The Real Food Market will be serving mulled wine, mince pies, and delicious Christmas cake, while the market stalls will be selling endless unique gifts and goods. And lets not forget the Charity Christmas Pudding Race, where participators will have to overcome a series of obstacles while carrying the festive pudding – and the fun is all for a good cause!
Where: Covent Garden.
When: 4th November – 24th December.
Enjoy a cozy Christmas town under the stars in Canary Wharf’s Christmas Market. Surround yourself with Christmas cheer while nibbling on hot chestnuts and mulled wine. Browse handcrafted gifts from personalized Christmas decorations to handmade soap. With Santa’s Grotto nearby at Jubilee palace and the Ice Rink at Canary Wharf, this market is sure to get you in the spirit this holiday.
Where: Canary Wharf.
When: 17th November – 24th December, 11am 10pm (11am – 9pm Sundays).
SOUTHBANK CENTRE CHRISTMAS MARKET
And last but not least, this new Christmas market lighting up the riverbank features 50 wooden huts filled with festive treats ranging from sheepskin rugs, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, to hand crafted selections of holiday decor. With its picture perfect location, you can warm up with mulled wine and shop unique handmade crafts while wandering along the River Thames.
Where: Southbank Centre
When: 11th November – 4th January.
Merry Christmas from Locappy!
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