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6 London Christmas Markets

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This post covers the top 6 London Christmas Markets, where to find them, and what you will see. Also, check our full guide to Christmas in London.

NOTE: As of September 2021, most Christmas Markets in London have yet to announce their plans for this year. That being said, some locations do plan to re-open in November.

We will continue to update this post as more information is released in the months leading up to the holiday season.

 


1. LEICESTER SQUARE CHRISTMAS MARKET

Though entrance to the very Christmas-y market is free, tickets to visit Santa's Grotto or the theatrical performance La Clique must be purchased in advance.

LEICESTER SQUARE CHRISTMAS MARKET

Due to its extremely central location, this market is perfect for those who lack the time or interest in dedicating an entire night to a Christmas market.

Nearest Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus

Christmas Market Opening times: Unconfirmed for 2021.

La Clique Showtimes: November 13th, 2o21 - January 8th, 2022

Check their calendar to see what's happening each week.

Learn more about the area with our guide to Leicester Square.

Visit this market with us on our pay-what-you-wish London Christmas Lights Tour.

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2. CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER AT LONDON BRIDGE CITY

This Christmas market features the unbeatable backdrop of Tower Bridge making it one of the most stunning Christmas markets.

The perfect destination for a couple's date night, this market becomes all the more romantic on Tuesdays when a selection of Christmas films are shown.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge

Opening times: Dates for 2021 are unconfirmed. Website


3. CHRISTMAS MARKET AT TATE MODERN

The Christmas market at the Tate Modern is an ode to a more traditional German holiday market.

The space features dozens of beautiful wooden chalets, each of which is adorned with lights and lovely music.

Tate Modern Christmas Market

All the classic Christmas treats can be found at this market: mulled wine and cider, roasted nuts, bratwurst, and crepes, amongst others.

This is also a great place to pick up last-minute Christmas gifts as several shops sell homemade jewelry and holiday crafts.

Furthermore, the incredible setting just opposite St Paul's Cathedral is hard to beat anywhere else.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge

Opening times: Usually November to mid-January.

2021/2022 dates are currently TBD.

Learn more about visiting the Tate Modern.


4. SOUTHBANK CENTRE CHRISTMAS MARKET

Similar to the Christmas market at the Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre Christmas market is a stunning spectacle of traditional chalets and Christmas cheer.

In addition to an endless selection of homemade crafts, warm beverages, and German snacks, there are also rides and carols singing to entertain the whole family.

If you have extra time on your hands, then consider walking from the Southbank Centre Christmas market to the one at the Tate Modern - the view along the way is stunning, and each market has its own unique ambiance.

Also, unlike most of the other Christmas markets in London, the one at the Southbank Centre stays open until the beginning of January, so visitors can continue to partake in the holiday spirit long after Christmas has passed.

Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Opening times: Usually November to mid-January.

2021/2022 dates have yet to be confirmed.

Click here for more information.


5. GREENWICH CHRISTMAS MARKET

While Greenwich Market is open year-round, December is a special time at this World Heritage site. 

In December, every Wednesday Christmas comes to the market for "Late Christmas Market Nights".

Christmas lights give an extra sparkle to the market. There are more than 100 vendor stalls selling a variety of food and holiday knick-knacks.

Though some might be put off by the idea of traveling to Greenwich, its location away from the city centre means that it is much less crowded than most.

Nearest Rail: Greenwich

Opening times: Dates for 2021 have yet to be confirmed.

Visit their website for more information.

Learn more about other things to do in Greenwich.


6. WINTER WONDERLAND 

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is the biggest and most famous of all the Christmas markets in London.

Originally opening in 2006, Winter Wonderland has grown to feature the UK's largest outdoor ice-skating rink, a giant Ferris Wheel, a magical ice kingdom, several foods, and merchandise stalls, and more.

Entry to Winter Wonderland is free during off-peak periods, but you'll have to pay for tickets during the following peak hours:

  • £5 on Weekends in Nov and Dec 20th - Jan 3rd
  • £7.50 on Weekends from Dec 4th - 19th

Off-peak periods are Monday - Thursday from November 22nd - December 16th. Tickets on Fridays are always £5.

Tickets are free when you spend £20 or more on attractions, rides, games, food, or drinks at the same time you pay for admission.

This is all likely done for crowd control because Winter Wonderland tends to attract a lot more visitors on weekends.

If possible, try visiting during the daytime and weekdays to avoid both the crowds and ticket prices.

Opening times: November 19th, 2021 - January 3rd, 2022

Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, or Green Park

Learn more or purchase tickets ahead of time.

 


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Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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