I do love munching on a deliciously warm, buttery, homemade mince pie, while clutching a steaming mulled wine between my mittens… Christmas Markets are one of my favourite things, like crisp apple strudel and schnitzel with noodles…
If you’re like me and you love the magic of the season, then head to one of these Christmassy market hotspots to chomp on some traditional artisan wares and stock up on some last minute Christmas shopping. You’ll be ever so glad you did…
Barbican Christmas Market
The Barbican Centre
12th – 21st December
For a second year running, the Barbican will host 10 days of seasonal shopping, as 35 independent designers, makers and artisans bring the foyers to life.
Showcasing unique gifts and products by local traders, if you’re looking for one-off gifts this is the perfect place to pick up quality vintage and designer clothes, arts and crafts, jewellery, books, toys and so much more. There will be plenty of mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies too.
The Crafty Fox Christmas Market
CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
12th – 13th December
Crafty Fox Market is returning to SE15 on the weekend of the 12th and 13th December for this year’s Peckham Christmas Market. Take a step back from high-street and explore the creative crop of designer-makers that the Crafty Fox will be presenting at the CLF Art Café in the Bussey Building. There will be 50 different makers per day with an inspiring mix of gifts, jewellery, fashion, homeware and prints, including the Uncovered section that introduces a number of brand new makers. As always there’ll be a chance to try your hand at crafting too with creative workshops on site, plus a live art installation. With mulled wine and live DJ sets throughout, follow the Fox to get Christmas shopping sorted with festive cheer thrown in on top.
Jubilee Arts and Crafts Market
1 Tavistock Court, The Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BD
There are sparkling Christmas lights and a traditional London Christmas atmosphere at the Jubilee Market and Apple Market in Covent Garden. The Christmas Arts and Crafts Market sells Christmas themed decorations and other gorgeous products. Drink a mulled wine, grab a mince pie and settle in for a day of mooching…
Handmade Palace Christmas Craft Market
The Alma, 95 Church Road, Crystal Palace, SE19 2TA
Sunday 13th December
The popular Handmade Palace Christmas Craft Market is back! Join them on Sunday December 13 at the Alma. 35 artists and craftspeople will be selling their locally made art and craft. The Alma will be serving a winter BBQ and mulled wine in the beautiful walled courtyard throughout the day. And if that’s not enough they will be entertained by local musicians and vintage Christmas tunes with Rose and her gramophone. What better way to do your Christmas shopping :)
London Bridge City Christmas Market
More London Riverside, Hay’s Galleria, London Bridge City Pier – London Bridge City
30th November – 3rd January
We are delighted to present the 2015 edition of the much-loved Riverside Christmas Market. Bigger and better this year running from More London, Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge City Pier. Formerly known as the More London Christmas Market, our event this year returns to the banks of the Thames with German-style chalets and over 100 stalls featuring a host of exciting and independent traders, pop-up food vendors and festive activities for all the family!
The Shoreditch Christmas Market
1-3 Irvington St, London, EC2A 3DT
18th – 19th December
This market supports local talent and champions fair trade, handmade products. It is a community Christmas market boasting a bar, food stalls, workshops and children’s storytelling. Learn how to make festive wreaths and shop the gorgeous crafted gifts from a variety of makers and designers selling up-cycled furniture, clothes, home bits and bobs.
Real Food Christmas Market
Kings Cross Square, Euston Road, London N19 AL
15th – 23rd December
They’ll have all your Christmas needs wrapped up, whether you’re looking for free-range and organic meat and veg for the big day, family favourite nibbles, deserts and food-lover’s gifts, or just to soak up the festive atmosphere with a sweet treat or pork pie in hand…it’s the best quality, beautifully crafted and ethically-sourced artisan food and drink you’ll find in this here city.
Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays
Columbia Road Flower Market
Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December 2015 (between 5pm – 9pm)
Located on the the famous Columbia Road Flower market, known throughout the world for beautiful blooms, the streets businesses are celebrating 10 years of Christmas Wednesdays this year! Over 50 independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants will open from 5 to 9pm on 4 Wednesdays running up to Christmas – offering a unique and magical shopping and Christmas experience. Shop locally and support the creativity of the East End, while enjoying some mulled wine and carolling around the neighbourhood Christmas tree…. Christmas trees will be on sale, and due to popular demand local choirs will be performing again, each week on the cobbled streets of Columbia Road.
Tate Modern Christmas Market
20th November – 23rd December
The market this year will accommodate a wonderful Victorian Carousel for the little ones and the grown up little ones (ME!) There will be a Christmas Grotto where you can meet Santa or you can hop onto our little kiddy ride if the carousel is too daring for you. Wheeee!
Christmas Makers Market at East Village E20
15-19 Penny Brookes Street, East Village, E20 1DA
5th to 20th December
Beautiful hand-crafted goods, perfect for thoughtful gifts, including quality leather goods from Briggs and Shears and hand-crafted jewellery from Inger Studio are on offer at the first Christmas Makers Market at East Village on weekends throughout December. The former Olympic Athletes Village has enlisted the help of lifestyle brand Earl of East London to host the market featuring hand-drawn designs from London printers, Lamplighter London, individual ceramic pieces from Blue Guy Pottery and indoor planters and terrariums with Ro Co. You can also meet the makers at a series of workshops, demonstrating craft skills from copper wreath-making to mini calligraphy workshops. And, once you’ve learnt how to handcraft leather items, you can try your hand at making their own personalised Christmas gifts. Leave time to visit local businesses Tina, We Salute You, Firezza, Bottle Apostle, Neighbourhood, Darkhorse Bar & Restaurant, family lifestyle store Olive Loves Alfie and bike store Pave Velo while you’re there.