The Best London Christmas Markets & Fairs | 2019
Last Updated: 2nd December 2019
We went to a pretty underwhelming Christmas party last year.
The decorations were up, the presents were wrapped, but the guy playing Santa dropped out last minute.
It was just a revel without a Claus.
And with our resolve firmly strengthened never to be the victims of such a festive let-down again, we’ve decided to compile a list of the best Christmas markets and fairs popping up around London this year, to make sure your halls are thoroughly decked, and your bells jingled all the way.
And so, without further ado…
Southbank Winter Market
If you’re looking for an excuse to drink mulled cider and wine around crackling firepits; eat festive street food from raclette to bratwurst; and buy festive wares from twinkling fairylit chalets, then look no further than the Southbank Centre.
Details: 8th November – 26th January | Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Kingston Christmas Market
They say you are what you eat.
And if you’re a fan of German sausage, that officially makes you the wurst.
But it also means you’ll have a whale of a time at the Kingston Christmas market, where German street food will be served up alongside mulled wine, live music, and a sprawling colony of market stalls.
Details: 14th November – 24th December, 10am-6pm (8pm Thurs-Sat) | Kingston Market Place, Kingston-Upon Thames, KT1 1JS
Christmas By The River
Keep walking far enough and you’ll come to Christmas by the river; another Bavarian-inspired market with over 60 twinkly huts selling food, drink and handcrafted gifts. There’s even a newfangled ‘Design Emporium’ if you’re after something a bit bigger than a stocking filler.
Details: 26th November – 5th January, 11am-7pm | London Bridge City, SE1
Columbia Road Market Christmas Wednesdays
If you’re looking for an excuse to miss the Sunday morning crowds at Columbia Road flower market, their late Wednesday openings are the perfect opportunity – you’ll find carollers, Christmas trees and shops open till 9pm.
Details: 27th November, 4th, 11th & 18th December | Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Ealing Christmas Market
Not only can Ealing’s Christmas Market boast festive fare and independent craft stalls, they’re bussing in some of the neighbourhood’s best choirs on Thursdays and Saturdays to keep you company while you browse. Just don’t get too carried away
in a manger.
Details: 27th November – 24th December, daily 10am – 6pm | Ealing Broadway Centre, W5 5JY
Decking its Victorian steel and glass hall with fairylights and a giant Norwegian spruce, Canopy Market is opening every day for three weeks. You can expect live Christmassy jazz; free festive workshops and tastings; a slew of independent purveyors of food, drink and handmade goods; and even live reindeer as it gets closer to the big day. READ MORE
Details: 29th November – 22nd December | West Handyside Canopy, N1C 4BH
Bohemia Place Market
Every weekend, the railway arches opposite Hackney Central are filled with over 50 independent traders flogging gifts, homeware, cards and wrapping paper, alongside hot toddy stalls, live music, and a giant inflatable snow globe.
Details: 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th December, 11am-6pm | Bohemia Place, E8 1DU
Hampstead Village Christmas Fair
Hampstead High Street looks like a quaint Dickensian village as it is, so adding in fairy-lit trees; carousels; market stalls; carollers and street performers can only be a good thing.
Details: 1st December, 12-5pm | Hampstead Village
Soho Christmas Market
Berwick Street Market has been doing its thing since 1778, so it’s safe to say that they know how to put on a Christmas market – expect free Christmas craft workshops, a live soundtrack from Soho Radio, and plenty of top-shelf stalls…
Details: 1st December | Berwick Street, W1F 0PH
Spitalfields Christmas Lates
Spitalfields has got your Christmas shopping all wrapped up. They’re opening late every Wednesday up until Christmas, allowing you to browse plastic-free gift stalls at their sustainable market; book into wreath-making workshops; prop up the mulled wine and Irish coffee bar; and soak up the sounds of live steel drum bands and gospel choirs.
Details: 4th, 11th & 18th December | Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW
Maltby Street Night Market
The Maltby Street Market is already pretty decent during the day… but at night the Ropewalks’ Victorian railway arches are beautifully festooned with lights, there are carollers providing a little ambient festiveness, and some mulled wine adding a little warmth. If you want to get some fancy food & drink for the special people in your life this Christmas, look no further.
Details: Fridays in December (6th, 13th, 20th) | Maltby Street Market, SE1 3PA
Mexican Christmas Market
Christmas list lacking pizzazz? Head to Coal Drops Yard where Casa Pastor is hosting a Mexican market, featuring Mexican traders, piñatas, a live mariachi band, hot chocolate and traditional sweet bread.
Details: 6th – 8th December | Casa Pastor, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ
Fair Christmas Fayre
The Fair Christmas Fayre proudly proclaims itself to be “London’s longest running ethical Christmas fair”, and we’re inclined to believe them given how unethical it would be to mislead someone about that. They’re essentially a conscience-friendly alternative to the high street, with 20+ stalls selling eco-friendly, recycled, Fairtrade, upcycled, and socially aware gifts & cards.
Details: 7th December, 11am-6pm | Regent Hall Salvation Army, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ
Selvedge Winter Fair
Stroll through a Grade I listed house and peruse the handmade wares of over 55 textile weavers and makers, from silk scarves and woollen mittens to cosy slipper socks, blankets, cushions and more.
Details: 7th December, 11am-5pm | 5-7 Tavistock Place, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9SN | £10 (2-4-1 tickets with code WINTERFAIR19)
Conscious Christmas Markets at Netil Market
Sick of going to Christmas markets only to find that you’ve been unconscious the whole time? Netil Market are changing all that with their Conscious Christmas Markets. Taking place every Saturday, they’ll promote sustainable and responsibly sourced gifts, food and drink, with stalls selling everything from homeware to jewellery. Plus, there’ll be hot buttered rum, Christmas cocktails, delicious street food and live music.
Details: 7th, 14th & 21st December | 11-25 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
The St James’s Christmas Fayre
St James’s Market is going to be home to an actual market this month, as a host of local and independent brands set up shop for the day. You’ll be able to browse gifts from esteemed, centuries-old brands like Paxton & Whitfield’s cheese and toiletries from D. R. Harris, as well as contemporary wares from up-and-coming traders. And yes, there’ll be the requisite festive food, drink, and live carolling to accompany it all.
Details: 7th December | St James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH
E17 Designers Christmas Market
The good thing about the E17 Designers Christmas Market is that, even if you somehow don’t find a present among the 30+ craft stalls, you can still have a perfectly good time drinking mulled wine (from local wine bar In Vino Veritas) and eating cakes from the food stalls. Plus, music’s being taken care of by DJ Auntie Maureen, which has to be reason enough to visit in itself.
Details: 7th December, 11am-4pm: Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road, E17 9LN | 15th December, 11am-5pm: 1 Hoe Street, E17 4SD
Crafty Fox Markets
As present-giving D-Day draws ever nearer, you’re going to need the DJs and bars at the Crafty Fox Markets to see you through. Popping up at the Canopy Market in King’s Cross and Italian wonderland Mercato Metropolitano, Crafty Fox showcases a motley bunch of independent designers, artists and makers, selling everything from unique illustrations to pottery and textiles.
Details: Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant & Castle): 7th & 8th December; Canopy Market (King’s Cross): 13th-15th December
Burgh House Christmas Fair
Around 30 local crafters will be hawking their wares at this cosy fair, housed within the Grade II listed Burgh House in Hampstead. There’ll be everything from handmade leather goods to stationery, plants and jewellery; plus mince pies, mulled wine, carolling and classic Sunday roasts.
Details: 8th December, 11am-4pm | Burgh House, New End Square, London, NW3 1LT
Borough Market is getting spruced up (quite literally) with Christmas trees and garlands for the festive season, and – cutting straight to the chase with what everyone really wants from a Christmas market – hosting a night dedicated entirely to cheese, with pairing tips, demos, and carol singing.
Details: 11th December, 6pm-9pm | Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
The Drop Christmas Market
A new market to er, drop this year, the wine bar from the Barrafina team will host a selection of local traders for one weekend this month. Alongside wines, cheeses and preserves chosen by The Drop, there’ll be candles from Earl of East, terrariums from the Botanical Boys, poetry from WordsBy, and much more.
Details: 13th-15th December | The Drop, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DH
The Hot Sauce Society
Some like it hot. And those people will want you to buy their Christmas presents at this Hot Sauce Festival. There’ll be nearly 40 independent hot sauce makers there, as well as DJs, festive cocktails, chilli hot chocolates, and a Christmas karaoke singalong with a live piano.
Details: 14th December, 11am-6pm | The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ
The Anti-Christmas Fayre
Know someone who doesn’t like Christmas? Then here’s the perfect place to find them something for Christmas. They’ll have dozens of left-field vendors slinging banned books, taxidermy, “magickal paraphernalia”, creepy curios, vintage jewellery, posters, prints, badges, patches and so much more…
Details: 14th December | Elektrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ | £3
Turning Earth Ceramics Christmas Market
East London’s preeminent pottery studios are, ahem, throwing another set of their wildly popular Christmas fairs this year. Over 75 independent ceramics makers will showcase their wares alongside live gypsy jazz from George Risk, Climpson’s coffee and Vietnamese street food.
Details: 14th & 15th December | Turning Earth Hoxton, Arch 362 Whiston Road, E2 8BW
House of Illustration Winter Fair
Support independent illustrators at this huge Christmas fair, where almost 150 different artists will be represented. You’ll find everything from prints and notebooks to books and phone cases, ranging from Letterpress printed stationery to illustrated toilet paper decorated with London fatbergs.
Details: 14th December, 11am-5pm | House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH
‘Winter Wonderland’ would, frankly, be an embarrassment of a name if it didn’t include an entire transplanted Bavarian village, complete with 100 festoon-lit chalets filled with gifts and decorations, bratwurst, beers served in steins, and live music every night, all under the benevolent gaze of this giant man and his bird.
Details: Daily until 5th Jan (not Christmas day), 10am-10pm
Hackney Flea-Mas Market
Give festive cheer from yesteryear with the eclectic array of vintage goods – from clothes and accessories to atomic age electronics and mid century furniture – on offer at the Hackney Flea-Mas Market. Plus, cheer yourself on as you shop with a bit of mulled wine.
Details: Markets in Peckham, Stoke Newington & Hackney – check here for dates
Main image: Leadenhall Market – Herry Lawford/Flickr
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