Christmas in London is something magical, impossible to describe. Not only are the thousands of lights that illuminate the city, the decoration of shops and department stores like Harrods and Selfridges, the smell of cinnamon in the air and the Christmas markets in London

Christmas is everywhere! It is impossible not to get excited like a child. If you are planning a Christmas getaway to London to enjoy the fantastic environment of the British capital and have doubts about when to do it, here you will find the complete list of Christmas events in London, and also the dates of the Christmas lighting! 

Covent Garden: Thursday 12 November

Trafalgar Square Christmas tree: Thursday 3 December (always the first Thursday in December)

Regent Street: Sunday 15 November

Oxford Street: Sunday 1 November

Carnaby Street: Thursday 12 November

Westfield London: Friday 6 November

Greenwich Market: Wednesday 25 November.

Other Christmas attractions are the Christmas markets in London: from the first day, the Christmas markets are crowded. Needless to say that you must visit the markets on weekdays, remember that during the weekends the markets receive more visitors…

Christmas Markets in London

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

A visit to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a must! Every year is a magical and entertaining experience. If you will spend only few days in the British capital, the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is the Christmas market in London you have to choose.

Here you can find everything: toys, ice rinks, a large number of stalls full of food, drinks, souvenirs, crafts… And you can also meet the real Santa Claus: the perfect place to go with kids!

Open every day from 10 to 22. Closed on Christmas Day

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

This German-style market, located along the banks of the River Thames, has a magical and enchanting location; eighty wooden houses filled with sweets, gifts, souvenirs and more.

Also if you are cold you can enjoy a cup of Gluwein, which is the mulled wine that regenerates you when temperatures are harsh. Along with the Christmas, markets are also held the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival that annually hosts numerous Christmas events.

Spitalfields Winter Festival

This Market is perfect for music lovers. During the day you can listen to one of the many musical performances, the music offer is perfect for all tastes.

Handmade Christmas at the O2

Do you love handmade things? This fair is the place for you if you are looking for something unique and made with love. Without any doubt, the Handmade Christmas Market is one of the most special Christmas markets in London full of amazing things.

Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden

This Christmas market of London has a great location: located in the elegant botanical garden in London. And being in the Chelsea neighbourhood of London, one of the areas of the highest standing city, you will find valuable items, such as jewellery, cashmere sweaters, pottery, gourmet chocolate, exotic flowers and special plants.

Belgravia Christmas Sunday at Elizabeth Street and Pimlico Road

The Belgravia Christmas Sunday is celebrated only one day and unfolds along Elizabeth Street with many booths filled with objects of quality and good taste. It goes from clothing and accessories to furniture and discs. Open from 12 to 17.

Real Food Christmas Market

This weekly market in South Bank becomes a great festive event in the run-up to Christmas: an ideal place to try some culinary delights of the British cuisine.

Located in the square on the side of the Waterloo Station Southbank Centre, the Real Food Christmas Market has a wide range of seasonal products such as ham, sausage, pastries, cheeses, Indian spices, sweets and chocolates, as well as Christmas dishes such as meat pies and mulled wine.

Other Christmas markets of London, less famous but equally beautiful, are:

  • Christmas Shopping at the Barbican: 4 – 20 December 2015.
  • Covent Garden Christmas 12th November 2015 to 2nd January 2016.
  • Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December 2015.
  • Dalston Christmas Market Sunday, November 29, 2015
  • Snowy Fingers Vintage Market Tuesday, December 10, 2:30pm.
  • Crafty Fox Christmas Market – Peckham Thursday 17 December, 4pm – 9pm

You want to know more? Find out which are the Top 5 Markets in London

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