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13 London Christmas Markets: Purchase Unique Gifts and Festive Delights

Embrace the joyous spirit of Christmas and discover a treasure trove of unique gifts at London’s enchanting Christmas markets. From the bustling Winter Wonderland and South Bank’s festive markets to quaint neighborhood fairs, these ten markets offer an unparalleled Christmas shopping experience. Immerse yourself in the twinkling lights, handcrafted delights, and heartwarming cheer that permeate these seasonal havens. As you sip on a warm cup of mulled wine, browse the diverse array of stalls and uncover hidden gems to fill your loved ones’ stockings and bring joy to your home. Whether you seek traditional ornaments, handmade crafts, or delectable treats, these top Christmas markets in London for 2023 will surely make your holiday shopping a delightful affair. Regular updates will be provided as more markets emerge, ensuring you don’t miss out on any festive treasures.

1.  Southbank Centre Winter Festival

Dates: From 28 October 2023 to 7 January 2024
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Get into the festive spirit along the Southbank, where the River Thames shimmers under the twinkling Christmas lights of the Christmas Market near Southbank Centre. Indulge in a delightful array of festive treats, from gourmet cheese toasties and truffle burgers to warming fondue, savory bratwurst, and traditional eggnog. Savor the sweet delights of Dutch pancakes, mince pies, and mulled wine, all while enjoying the lively atmosphere of this seasonal haven. Whether you’re seeking unique gifts, stocking fillers, or simply a place to unwind amidst the festive magic, the Southbank Christmas Market has something for everyone.

2. Christmas in Covent Garden

Dates: From 7 November 2023 to 7 January  2024
Location: The Market Building & Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF
Admire the towering 60-foot Christmas tree, shimmering with over 115,000 colorful lights, at Covent Garden’s annual spectacle. Venture into the enchanting Christmas Village spread across the East Piazza of the market building and indulge in a treasure trove of handmade gifts from local artisans. Warm your spirits with a selection of 25 mulled wine varieties, and let the daily snowfall transform the piazza into a winter wonderland.

3. Christmas in Leicester Square

Dates: From 8 November 2023 to 7 January  2024
Location: Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LU
Leicester Square’s Christmas Market transforms the square into a vibrant hub of holiday cheer, brimming with handcrafted gifts, unique ornaments, and delectable treats. The air is filled with the enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, drawing visitors into a world of festive indulgence. Amidst the lively chatter and captivating melodies of Christmas music, savor warm and comforting treats like traditional mince pies and gingerbread biscuits, all infused with the flavors of the season. Discover hidden treasures and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that Leicester Square’s Christmas Market has to offer, a place where the spirit of Christmas comes alive.

5. Winter by the River Market

Dates: From 15 November 2023 to 1 January  2024
Location: More London, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2DB
Find unique and unusual gifts and enjoy foods from around the world at the free More London Christmas Market, at More London Riverside set against a backdrop of London icons, including magical views of Tower Bridge.

6.   Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Dates: From 17 November 2023 to 1 January 2024
Location: Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
The Christmas Market at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park offers a delightful array of festive treats and unique gift ideas. Local sourced and handmade crafts, Christmas shopping staples, and delicious food and beverages await visitors. The Scandinavian-themed Market Square features live music, Scandinavian cuisine, and a variety of Christmas shopping options.

6.  Festive Shopping Days at Chelsea Physic Garden

Dates: From 23 November to 26 November 2023
Location:  Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
Embrace the festive spirit at Chelsea Physic Garden’s Festive Shopping Days, where you will discover a treasure trove of green-fingered gifts, indulge in delectable treats, and immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Christmas. Live music, festive decorations, and the tranquility of nature create an unforgettable holiday experience.

7. Studio Pottery’s Christmas Market in Eccleston Yards

Dates: 2 December to 3 December 2023
Location: Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, London SW1W 9NF
Nestled amidst the vibrant energy of Eccleston Yards, Studio Pottery’s Christmas Market emerges as a haven for ceramic enthusiasts and craft aficionados alike. This pop-up market, a veritable treasure trove of handcrafted delights, will showcase the talents of over 20 talented makers. Prepare to be captivated by an array of exquisite ceramic giftware, each piece imbued with the unique artistry and passion of its creator. From delicate pottery sets to whimsical ornaments, this market offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind treasures that embody the spirit of the season.

Angels Christmas Market at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Photo: ©Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Angels Christmas Market at Winter Wonderland in Hype Park. Photo: ©Winter Wonderland.

8.  Alfies Antique Market Christmas Party

Dates: 7 December 2023
Location:  Alfies Antique Market, 13-25 Church Street, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 8DT
Now in its 40th year, the Alfies Christmas Shopping Party has firmly established itself as a beloved London tradition, offering a treasure trove of unique and exceptional gifts for the discerning holiday shopper. Nestled within the iconic Alfies Antique Market, this festive extravaganza brings together over 75 independent antique and vintage dealers, each showcasing their curated collections of remarkable finds. From exquisite antique jewelry and vintage fashion accessories to modernist furniture and lighting, the Alfies Christmas Shopping Party is a haven for those seeking one-of-a-kind pieces that embody the spirit of the season.

9. DIY Christmas Art Market

Dates: 9 December
Location: Copeland Park & Bussey Building, 25 Bournemouth Road, London, SE15 4UJ
The DIY Christmas Art Market will showcase the creative ingenuity of over 100 independent artists and craftspeople. For purchase will be a vibrant array of handmade treasures, including art prints, ceramics, fanzines, clothing, sculptures, and jewelry. By supporting these talented independent vendors, you’ll not only acquire unique gifts but also contribute to the thriving creative community.

10. So Last Century Vintage & Retro Fair – Winter Vintage Market

Dates: 9 December to 10 December 2023
Location:Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1SY
Embrace the enchanting spirit of Christmas at Beckenham Place Park, where a two-day Christmas market awaits, brimming with festive treasures and artistic delights. Over 35 carefully selected vintage traders will gather to present an eclectic array of holiday delights, from exquisite home décor and antique furniture to handcrafted ceramics, vinyl records, and captivating prints.

11. Christmas Independent Ceramics Market

Dates: 10 December 2023
Location: Copeland Park & Bussey Building, 25 Bournemouth Road, London SE15 4UJ
The Christmas Independent Ceramics Market will showcase unique gifts from over 150 ceramic artists & DIY Potters. Browse the diverse array of stalls and find unique treasures to adorn your home, from delicate jewelry and intricate sculptures to practical kitchenware and charming cups. Whether you seek memorable gifts, whimsical stocking fillers, or a special piece for your mantlepiece, this festive clay day is your one-stop shop for handcrafted pottery delights.

12. Crafty Fox Christmas Markets

Dates: 10 December 2023
Location: The Crossing, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
The Christmas Independent Ceramics Market will showcase unique gifts from over 150 ceramic artists & DIY Potters. Browse the diverse array of stalls and find unique treasures to adorn your home, from delicate jewelry and intricate sculptures to practical kitchenware and charming cups. Whether you seek memorable gifts, whimsical stocking fillers, or a special piece for your mantlepiece, this festive clay day is your one-stop shop for handcrafted pottery delights.

13. Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays

Dates: Every Wednesday throughout December
Location: Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
Throughout December, East London’s Columbia Road transforms into a festive haven as Christmas Wednesdays return to delight merrymakers with a vibrant atmosphere. On Wednesday evenings, most businesses extend their hours until 9 pm.  The vibrant street, typically known for its bustling Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday mornings, is home to an array of 60+ independent shops, art galleries, boutiques, and bars, inviting visitors to explore and indulge in the spirit of the season.

Ursula Petula Barzey

Ursula Petula Barzey is a Digital Marketing Consultant who enjoys all that London has to offer to its residents as well as visitors from all across the globe.

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