The 7 merriest Christmas markets to visit in London
The 7 merriest Christmas markets to visit in London
Last updated: Jun 9, 2020 · 5 min read

Enjoy the best Christmas advent calendar: strolling underneath the Christmas lights in London’s markets.


With Christmas only two weeks away, we’re all feeling the holiday cheer. No December is complete without enjoying the shimmer of Christmas lights, munching on delicious cookies and, of course, having a stroll around Christmas markets.

Why not make this Christmas special and head out to London, one of the best places to be if you want a memorable market experience? For your planning purposes, here are some top Christmas markets in London to visit:

*** Please note that the order in which we mention the markets in completely random and not meant to reflect their grading.

Christmas by the River: the Snowman Snow Globe Workshop



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  • Where: 2A More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB (open in Google Maps)
  • When: 14th of December 2019, 11:00 – 15:00

Christmas by the River is one of the most picturesque markets out there, bringing Santa’s village directly into the middle of London Bridge City. Surrounded by the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this lovely location is perfect to do some Christmas gift shopping or to enjoy all the yuletide treats. But what makes this market truly special are the family-friendly workshops they organize, such as the one on the 14th where you and your loved ones can have fun making a snowman snow globe from scratch. So prepare yourself to get crafty, Santa needs all his helpers.

Southbank Centre



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  • Where: The Queen’s Walk, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX (open in Google Maps)
  • When: until the 5th of January 2020

If you’re a sucker for all things Christmas and love the traditional offerings of a typical market but would also like to try out some international cuisine and crafts, then look no further than the Southbank Centre’s Winter market. Savor Indian, Chinese or Greek specialties, but also the traditional British goodies, and shop for some lovely hand-crafted gifts. This is the perfect place to spend a full evening of fun, as you can bring your friends with you for a night of board games, ping-pong or secret cinema.

Columbia Road Christmas Wednesday



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The cobblestone streets of Columbia Road truly come alive during the month of December, when the more than 60 independent shops and art galleries light up with Christmas cheer for this special event. You will not be at a loss when trying to tick off some Christmas shopping, whether you’re looking for artisanal jewelry, decoration or vintage clothing. Since the season’s cheer would not be the same without Christmas carols, the singers from St. Peters Church in Bethnal Green together with local vicar Adam Atkinson and his traveling street piano make sure that this is a true winter wonderland.

Crafty Fox Market



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  • Where: Crossing and Canopy Market, at King’s Cross
  • When: 13th – 15th of December 2019

Block your weekend, you have plans! Between the 13th and 15th of December at the Canopy market in King’s Cross you can find the design-whizzes from Crafty Fox partnering up once again with Canopy Market for another great yuletide market. On the 15th of December, be sure to check out their second event, one of their largest, at The Crossing, in King’s Cross, in the area between Central St. Martins and the Granary Building. There you can find more than 100 traders displaying their carefully crafted products that will give Santa’s bag a run for its money.

Wimbledon Christmas Markets



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On the twelve days of Christmas, Love Wimbledon gave to us one of the loveliest Christmas markets in London. Spanning 12 market days throughout five weekends, this event always switches up the array of vendors, meaning that no two market days are the same. With more than 50 stalls offering locally made hand-crafted art, clothing, accessories, and of course, yummy food you might feel that their opening hours (11:00 – 18:00) are just too short to experience all this market has to offer. So don’t waste any time, go check it out!

SoLo Craft Fair Christmas PopUp Shop



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  • Where: 8B Sayer Street, Elephant and Castle, SE17 1FH (open in Google Maps)
  • When: until the 23rd of December 2019

If you are the person who prefers to not get lost in the hustle and bustle of large markets, then head on out to Sayer Street, where you can find the SoLo Craft Fair Christmas PopUp Shop. Originally artisans themselves, they curated a selection of products from the most interesting local independent businesses, offering everything from homeware to artworks, to clothing and beauty products. The products are made from sustainable, hand-picked materials, so that you can enjoy your Christmas shopping in an environmentally friendly manner. Also, if the Christmas weather in London goes sour, you’ll stay warm and cozy.

Christmas in Leicester Square



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Few things beat the charm of a traditional Christmas market. With more than 30 authentic Bavarian-style stalls, Christmas in Leicester Square is a uniquely charming experience. All of the seasonal staples are there: delicious snacks, wooden hand-crafted toys and lovely festive accessories and ornaments. All of the vendors are carefully selected so that you will have a truly special market visit. Plus, you can take your little ones to meet Santa and listen to him read a Christmas story. Alternatively you and your mates can enjoy one of the exciting and edgy cabaret shows playing. They’re something there for everyone.

No matter if you visit only one of these Christmas markets or decide to check them all out, any choice will no doubt fill you with holiday spirit. And if you’re wondering what to do with your weekend getaway luggage, no worries! LuggageHero is here to help: we have more than 120 certified partner locations all around London, so that you can have leave your baggage and worries behind and pick up a steaming cup of mulled wine.

We hope that you “have yourself a merry little Christmas now”!