All the Christmas cheer you could hope for, in addition to the many lights and festive décor there are the traditional wooden chalets selling everything from stocking stuffers to festive food-stuffs, Christmas Cheer in the form of mulled wine, lots of baked goods and of course the bump roller disco. This year the music’s gotten an upgrade and will be rocking out to the beats of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
All along the bankside on the Thames along The Queens; Walk, More London, London Bridge City, Bridge City Pier, and Hay’s Galleria will host over 40 unique merchants in the traditional wooden cabins with all sorts of homemade gifts, and all the traditional food you have come to expect in a Christmas Market. Wander towards the center area of this festivity to find the winter-themed beverages to warm your insides as you stroll around the grounds. From cocktails, to mulled wine, and craft beers you’re choices are not limited. Grab a drink and enjoy the sights of the Tower Bridge and The City as you take in the festivities.
This year Leicester Square is debuting their very own Christmas Market which you won’t want to miss. There’s a mirrored Spiegeltent, the famed La Soiree circus, and Santa’s got his very own Grotto. In addition to all the food and goodies you’d expect from a Christmas Market you can treat yourself to the world famous entertainment, but be sure to purchase your tickets to the circus and the Big Guy’s Grotto in advance, otherwise the festivities are free.
You’ll have to catch this treat of a venue before Christmas as the art Gallery hosts the market with your favorite sampling of Gluhwein and Brats for a German flare. The kid’s can enjoy a visit to Santa’s lap in his Grotto and there’s even a display with Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids can also enjoy a ride on the Victorian Christmas Carousel, and as always the festivities are free for all.
The light display against the building is spectacular and you’ll want to take in the lighted tour of the path around the Gallery dubbed “Winding Winter Lights Trail” that’s displayed all around the grounds. There’s a great selfie shot inside the Giant Magical Frame, Christmas tales told in the enchanted cottage, and pop-up choirs spread Christmas cheer and song. Plenty to fill your stomach in the Christmas Cabin and independent artists display their wares in the Market for the unique style of gifts you’ll find no place else, but you have to catch the vendors on the weekend days and the winter path of X-mas trail requires tickets, but are well worth it.
Here’s where you will want to find another selection of unique and individually crafted gifts for that hard to buy someone on your list. Artisans, designers and crafters will line the walkways with everything from jewellery, photo prints, textiles, and ceramics; here your sure to find that special gift found no place else.
The permanent market is transformed into a Christmas wonderland and carries over to the walk along the decorated Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark Gardens. Plenty of treats, warm beverages, and of course the Christmas mince pies. Visit Santa and his elves in the Grotto from the 17th through the 23rd December, from noon to 5 pm who for just £4 will have a gift bag for the kiddies. The historic marketplace is lit up beautifully, and if the weather is inclemental then enjoy over 100 unique vendors under the covered market area.
Camden Christmas Market is unique in that each week is a different theme for the market. Lots of unusual gifts and stocking stuffers can be had from the many different vendors throughout the marketplace. There’s mulled wine available with other Christmasy libations at the North Star Bar, and all sorts of food and even live entertainment during the holiday season.
Enjoy the Christmas feel of the Angel shopping area that is all decked out for the Holidays. There are crafts, food both prepared and food products for sale, as well as stalls with gifts and unique finds. This is Angel’s fifth year with the marketplace and it seems to improve with each season, particularly at its new location in the Angel Central Shopping Centre, and is being put on by “Clever Creations Events” who ran the most successful 2015 Hampstead Christmas Festival last year.
This cultured and historic shopping area has all sorts of treats to offer with over 30 independent shops that host big brands as well as new offerings. There’s a terrific spot to visit the Big Man in Red at Santa’s Grotto, and the offerings of artisan food makers. It’s a great market for the foodie crowd.