Christmas is one of my favourite seasons of the year and Christmas in London is something special. Of course, there are several reasons why it is my favourite season. Sorrel (a Jamaican Drink) and Bailey’s will be flowing by the barrel, there will be endless parties to attend, sparkly dresses to wear, and Christmas lights dancing along Regents and Carnaby street.
But the most Christmassy thing to do in London is to visit the various London Christmas markets throughout the city, that will be open from mid-November to early January 2019.
In the post I've picked out the very best Christmas markets in London to visit that will cheer up even the grumpiest amongst.
Here are the there of the best London Christmas markets that you must visit!
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
The Winter Wonderland is London’s largest Christmas market and for good reasons. It has everything Christmassy that you could have ever wanted all in one place and it’s free to enter.
The Winter Wonderland Christmas market transforms the quiet Hyde Park into a bustling fairground with delights for both children and adults.
I’ve visited this Christmas market a few times and would recommend the following:
Go early in the evening if you’re going with children because this Hyde Park Christmas market gets a lot busier during the night. With large crowds queuing for rides and at food stalls, it becomes intense for very small children.
If you’re an adult with your colleagues or friends, then you should hit-up the Bavarian village and wear your best Christmas jumper.
The Bavarian village is where the party happens at Winter Wonderland, where beers and shots flow like a never-ending river and there’s non-stop music to keep you dancing into the night. It’s exactly the place to visit in the run-up to Christmas.
The ice bar will be back this year again along with the large ice skating rink, the magical ice kingdom, acrobatic wonders at Zippos Circus, carousel, run around funhouses and roller-coaster rides. Will all be on hand for your enjoyment.
There will be an endless array of German-style stalls selling sausages and almost 150 chalets of the Angels Christmas Market to explore and shop for items such as jewellery, decoration, and crafts.
Rides you must try at Winter Wonderland Christmas Market
There are two rides you must try at the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market, one is the signature ride of the Christmas market ‘The Giant Observation Wheel’, this ride will give you a great view of London covered in its Christmas best. I discovered that the best time to visit to get a great view is around 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
However, my favourite ride is the ‘Star Flyer’. I lost my voice because of all the screaming I did on this ride and I might have peed on myself a little on the ride’s descent. But the view of London skyline and the cold winter air hitting your face will be worth it.
This is the kinda ride that you want to try again as soon as it’s finished (one for the adrenaline junkies – not for people with weak hearts or bladder).
Winter Wonderland is a London Christmas market you should miss!
Opening Dates for Winter Wonderland
November 22nd – Monday, January 6th
Southbank Christmas Market - Winter Market
The annual Winter Market in Southbank returns for another year of festive cheer.
There will be plenty to see and do along the Thames. There will be chalets selling food, drinks, gifts and pop-ups under the bridge.
This London Christmas market is great if you are a foodie as they always have amazing foods to try. Throughout the duration of the Christmas market, there will be festive shows and family entertainment.
You can even experience some alpine festive cheer in Jimmy’s Lodge next to Waterloo Bridge. All these festive activities with the London Eye and the London city skyline as an illuminating backdrop. You can't get more Christmas in London that!
You can read more about the Southbank Christmas market on their website.
Location and Opening
Lambeth, London, United Kingdom.
9 November 2018 to 27th December 2018
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Kingston Christmas Market
Many Londoners aren’t aware of the Kingston Christmas market but having gone to University in Surrey. I experienced this amazing London market every Christmas for four years. You can browse the traditional wooden chalets that line the ancient market place and surrounding streets for Christmas gifts and handmade decorations.
There is plenty to see at the Alpine Village where you can grab a glass of mulled wine or peruse for some German-style street food from the many outdoor stalls (try the German sausage here - some of the best in London).
There's even a Candy Cane Forest! This opens on the 15th December.
If you’re visiting with kids, then stop by the grotto at the Bentall’s to say hello to Santa. You can also pick up any last-minute Christmas shopping while there.
If you’re planning to visit the Kingston Christmas Market on a weekend, make sure that there are no planned engining on that weekend from Waterloo to Kinston or Surbiton to avoid disappointment.
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Location and opening times
Open from 15th November to 31 December 2017
Kingston upon Thames
Kingston upon Thames
Transport: Kingston upon Thames
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