The Best Christmas Markets To Visit In London

The festive season is here and what better way to celebrate by visiting some of the best Christmas markets in London?

Whether you want your perfect Love Actually moment, need to find a unique gift for that special someone, or simply want to fill yourself up on some good ol’ Christmas grub, then rest assured, London has got you covered.

Here are five of the best Christmas markets you need to visit in London…

The Flashy One: Winter Wonderland

Kicking off our festive tour is the Beyonce of Christmas markets… Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Picture your traditional Christmas market blended with a festive funfair, and then crank it up a notch!

With more festive fun than the North Pole, themed attractions that would excite even Scrooge, and over 100 traditional German-style chalets offering unique gifts and culinary delights, Winter Wonderland is where the party’s at.

Right next to the Christmas market is the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, because nothing says Christmas like attempting to channel your inner figure skater…and ending up looking like Bambi on ice.

Pro tip: Winter Wonderland is free during off-peak hours, but if you have to visit during peak hours, prices start from a fiver. What a bargain.

Where: Hyde Park

Nearest Tube Station: Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner & Knightsbridge

The Magical One: Southbank Centre Winter Market

Next stop, magic and Christmas cheer collide at Southbank Centre’s Winter Market along the River Thames. With breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and the London Eye, this market is a perfect blend of shopping, dining, and Christmas spirit.

Wander along the riverbank whilst sipping on some mulled wine (or spiced whiskey!), or cosy up inside one of Southbank’s famous igloos.

It’s the perfect date-night spot for when you want to emulate one of those Christmas romance films (Love Actually fans, we’re looking at you).

Where: Southbank Centre

Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo & Embankment

The Exciting One: Leicester Square Christmas Market

Are you not entertained? Well, you will be at Leicester Square Christmas Market.

Nestled in the heart of London’s West End, this market adds a theatrical flair to your usual Christmas shopping spree. Prepare to be wowed by award-winning performances in the Spiegeltent - a place where variety shows, cabaret, circus acts, and even fire breathers take the stage.

This market is great for those who love the glitz and glamour of the festive season. Santa’s sleigh? More like Santa slayyyy.

Entrance to the market is free but remember to get tickets in advance for the Spiegeltent performances.

Where: Leicester Square

Nearest Tube Station: Leicester Square

The Traditional One: Covent Garden Christmas Markets

If you’re searching for a traditional Christmas market, with plenty of historic charm, then Covent Garden’s Christmas Markets are calling your name. With three daily markets and plenty of festive-themed photo opportunities – including the famous reconditioned 1884 Christmas sleigh – it’s a must-visit.

Browse handcrafted ornaments, discover unique fashion finds and pick up quirky gifts. And when you’ve shopped ‘till you’ve dropped, treat yourself to festive food and drink at one of Covent Garden’s many pubs and restaurants.

And, for the first time in 10 years, 2023 marks the unveiling of a new Christmas installation inspired by traditional golden bells. Get your cameras ready and head into the Market Building to see over 40 huge bells, 12 giant baubles and 8 spinning mirror balls.

Where: Covent Garden

Nearest Tube Station: Leicester Square

The Quirky One: The Old Spitalfields Christmas Market

Last but definitely not least, hop on down to the trendy Spitalfields to discover a Christmas market that perfectly complements the area's vibrant and hipster spirit. This is one of the best places for Christmas shopping, with a variety of independent designers, craftsmen and creatives, you’ll be able to find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift.

But wait, there’s more!

The Old Spitalfields Christmas Market also plays host to a sleigh-load of festive events. Think talking film screenings, carol singing, festive workshops, and live music. Trust us, there’s enough festive joy here to cheer up the Grinch in your life.

Where: Spitalfields

Nearest Tube Station: Liverpool Street

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Whether you choose the Christmas market that fits your vibe or decide to try them all out, we know you’ll have the most magical time.

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