Hi again! December is upon us and the festive season has well and truly arrived, so here’s our picks for the best Christmas markets in London this year. Make sure you check out some of these craft markets and log cabins to spice up your Christmas shopping in 2014!
Southbank Centre Christmas Market
November 11, 2014 – January 14, 2015
Head down to the riverside where the Southbank Centre’s mini chalets will be selling hot chocolate, mulled wine, crafts and festive foods. There’s also a winter festival taking place here, including gigs, child-friendly shows and even cabaret.
You’ll find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the 50 wooden chalets that will make up the Southbank Centre Christmas Market this year; sheepskin rugs, local mead, door wreaths and even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese will all be among the goodies on sale along Queen’s Walk. The market is just one part of the Southbank Centre Winter Festival, and there will be special editions of the Real Food Market on various weekends in the run up to Christmas, too.
Winter Village, Hackney
December 5 – December 7, 2014
The crafts market at Winter Village, Hackney will offer vibrant designs from a selection of artists, illustrators, fashion and jewellery makers. There will also be food supplied by Anna Mae’s Mac n Cheese, Chef de Poutine and Colonel Tom’s Gumbo, among others. Fever Tree’s Cocktail Bar will have a stall in the Winter Village too.
Even those who find Christmas shopping more fun than opening their own presents will have one person on their list they find a challenge, so markets full of contemporary crafts, locally made art and unique edible treats like this one are a gift in themselves. On top of the shopping opportunities the event will feature live music and local choirs to keep everybody feeling truly merry.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015
This giant fun fair filled with frivolity returns to Hyde Park, and it’s bigger and louder than ever before! Hand-crafted Christmas presents will be on offer here as well as novelty hats and neon glowsticks. With a huge sparkly ferris wheel, circus tent, skating rink and Magical Ice Kingdom, it really will be easy to spend the whole day out at the Winter Wonderland!
The Magical Ice Kingdom is your chance to get up close to some real ice and snow, meeting some mythical frozen beasts as you explore a chilly forest. Along with the 60-metre observation wheel, rollercoasters and fairground rides will keep thrillseekers happy. A good alternative for those who prefer to stay on solid ground are the selection of themed bars where even the glasses you drink from are made of ice.
Winterville, Victoria Park
December 2, 2014 – January 1, 2015
Take a horse-drawn carriage into the park for a magical wintry day out. There will be little huts in the park selling crafts, snacks and stocking fillers. Winterville is new this year and will have easily enough to keep all involved amused! You can ride on the fairground, enjoy the street food, dance to DJs, watch cabaret acts and visit the drinking lodge with a heated terrace for some après-ski vibes.
Plus there will be a Santa’s grotto, romantic horse-drawn carriage rides taking in the park’s lake and pagoda, and fairground rides including a huge Ferris wheel. For those who like a surge of adrenaline with their Christmas spirit, vintage motorcycles will be performing daring stunts.