London’s Best Christmas Markets
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year and here is a list of markets that will make you feel that little bit more Christmassy, as if any of us need it. Here is our round up of the best Christmas markets around this Yuletide.
The Southbank Centre Winter Festival
The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns again for a fifth year of festivities along the Thames, on from 27 October 2015 – 17 January 2016. Head to the Royal Festival Hall for Slava’s Snowshow, a blizzard of snow and family fun and hit cabaret show La Soirée provides burlesque and circus entertainment. Book tickets for the Philharmonia Orchestra for an evening of Christmas classics and slide along to the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge for some Swedish-style drinking and warming fire pits.There is also a roller disco club night at weekends for those looking for festive fun with a twist.
Christmas at Kew
What could be more beautiful than the botanical Kew Gardens at Christmas time? For sheer unadulterated lit up pleasure, head to West London from the 25 November – 2 January and enjoy the series of seasonal illuminations. With a mile long path which winds its way through the different light sections around the gardens as well as food, vintage fairground rides and a chance to see Father Christmas, this is the ultimate Christmas experience.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park has been attracting huge crowds to its Bavarian-themed Christmas market for the past few Christmases.Open every day from 20 November – 3 January (except Christmas Day) and possessing a circus show, a Magical Ice Kingdom, as well as plenty of indoor cafes, restaurants and bars in the Bavarian Village to entertain the masses, it’s no wonder this festive playground is such a huge winter attraction.
Winterville is Winter Wonderland’s East London trendy counterpart and has returned for a repeat outing to Victoria Park. Open from 26th November – 23rd December, Winterville is an intimate, engaging and above all creative festive space. With an ice rink, pantomime, crazy golf and a backyard cinema to name but a few of the attractions, they also have a Bizarre Bazaar, a market, an all ages circus andalternative club nights. Finally, there are street food traders galore, selling draft ales in the bars and the food market serves great food and fresh produce.
Covent Garden Market Place
Head to Covent Garden Market this festive season and see three-metre mistletoe chandeliers, a 22 foot tall reindeer and the tallest Christmas tree in London. If this isn’t enough to get you feeling festive what is? Pet some of Santa’s very own reindeer friends at the petting zoo which is there every Saturday until Christmas.
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