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Countdown to Christmas: Top 8 London Christmas Markets to Shop

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The Christmas countdown has started and the winter chill, mulled wine, and of course London Christmas market are all set for Christmas. I would like to share my favorite Top 8 London Christmas Market to Shops here in this guide.

Here at these top Christmas markets, you can get gifts for your family and friends, and enjoy tasty food, eye-catching lighting, festive decor, and full of entertainment throughout the Christmas season at the top 8 most popular Christmas markets.

When it comes to having fun and a great experience at Christmas Market in London, it is just like heaven in this festive season. Every year during the Christmas season the London market comes to life with the gleaming lineup of the Christmas market.

Whether you are in search of lovely gifts for your loved ones or looking forward to plunging yourself into an enchanting environment. This London Christmas market promises something for everyone here with an authentic and memorable experience.

Have a look at the Top 8 London Christmas market:

Top 8 London Christmas Market

London Christmas market is mandatory to visit in the festive season as they offer entertaining and gratifying shopping for the Christmas festival, mouthwatering food treats, and thrilling and exciting entertainment packs making these markets must visitable place in the Christmas season.

These marketplaces have special for everyone and these places added the touch of Christmas magic down begins here:

1. Winter Market, Southbank Center

The winter market at Southbank Center turns into a beautiful and wonderful snowland every Christmas season. Which is full of alpine-style wooden cabinets, where people can sell food, snacks, drinks, gifts, and many more festive items.

You can also enjoy it here at Snowglobes at the heated riverside, where you can steal down cheese fondue. 
Further, you can see duck wraps, truffle burgers, Lebanese cuisine, cheese toasty, Thai street food, and many mouth-watering treats served in the beautiful huts.

You can enjoy a mulled glass of wine while looking at beautiful views such as gifts, jewelry, and amazing decorations made by talented designers.

When market open?
The Winter Market at Southbank Center is open from 2 Nov to 26 Dec or maybe up to the new year.

Entry fees
Free of cost

Opening hours
11 am to 10 pm daily.

Location
The Queen’s Walk, Southbank, London, SE1.

2. Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

One of the best and biggest Christmas markets in London is Winter Wonderland, no other market can beat this market as it has all the whistles and bells for Christmas. 
Every year at Christmas, Hyde Park is filled with winter wonderland and huge festive events and it is an unbeatable Christmas market in London.

In this event, thousands of cottages are available to sell handmade gifts and crafts, seasonal things, and Christmas decorations. This market has too many activities to enjoy and to entertain the guests. It has special rides for kids, a stage for live performances,s, and big Ferris wheels.

There is something for everyone here from children to old age people. You must try here skating and hit the ice field.

When does the market open?
The Market will open from 17 Nov to 1 January 2024.

Entry fees
£5 to £7.50

Opening hrs
10 am to 10 pm

Location
15, Clarendon St, Hyde SK14 2EL

3. Christmas market, Covent Garden

The Covent Garden’s Christmas market is like a building in the Victorian era and square share settings make this market perfect for the Christmas festival. This market is the longest-running festival event in London.

This market is beautifully decorated with thousands of lights and looks like a heavenly place. In this market, there is a wide array of shopping opportunities where you can find shops for gifts, food stalls, stalls for entertainment, decorative items for Christmas, handmade crafts, and handmade gifts.

You also might get an attractive discount on seasonal things and also on food at high-end shops. The main attraction of this location is a pic on slightly decorated with a 19th-century theme and leafy fir trees surrounding it, you should take a pic here with your family and friends and make the moment memorable.

When does the market open?
The market remains open from 8 Nov to 3 January 2024

Entry Fees
Free of cost

Opening hrs
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Christmas day.

Locations
Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

4. King’s Cross Christmas market

The market at Kings Cross surely makes everyone stop here and browse the market once. This event is held around the Coal drop yard, you can see here a 50-foot traditional Christmas tree and usually pop-up events will happen throughout this Christmas season.

The market is full of a versatile range of shops and stalls including Christmas special food items, handmade gifts, decorative items for Christmas, entertainment things, homeware, and cool fashion items. So you can go and get your full Christmas shopping sorted at one stop.

There are delightful activities arranged for everyone like music, drawing, Christmas workshops, festival foods, and drinks to warm your soul with your loved ones.

The must-watch thing here is a 47-foot Norddman tree decorated with thousands of lights and the ski theme decoration you should see here.

When to open the market?
23 November to 23 December

Entry fees
free of cost.

Opening hrs
10 am to 8 pm daily

Location
King’s Cross station, Euston Road, London N1 9AL

5. Greenwich Christmas Market

Greenwich is one of the best London Christmas markets, here you can see from the Farmar Christmas market to the Canopy shopping market. The event will be held at the local Greenwich market where you can buy unique gifts and all your Christmas needs from local stalls. 

This market is well known for its unique crafty decorative stalls so must visit the stalls and buy handmade lovely gifts for your loved one this Christmas.

It’s a tradition here to take a glass of mulled wine while roaming around the market and enjoy the street food on the food stalls. You must try one thing here get yourself a drink and browse the pretty streets of Greenwhich which are decorated with twinkling lights.

When to open the market?
15 Novembere to 24 December

Entry fees
Free

Opening hrs
10 am to 5 pm daily.

Location
Greenwich Market, London, SE10 9HZ.

6. Borough Christmas Market

The Borough Market is famous for foodies throughout the year but during the Christmas season, it takes a new look. The market arches are decorated with twinkling lights Christmas whistles, and bells in this season.

Here you can see the different tastes and different styles of food stalls that offer a mouth-watering treat for foodies while listening to buskers’ tunes.
You can browse the market having a glass of mulled wine in your hand and you can buy gifts, crafts, and handmade things from this market as well the tasty food.

You must try the themed festive food you will have heavenly food here.

When to open the market?
8 November to 2 January

Entry fees
Free 

Opening hrs
10 am to 9 pm daily, closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day

Location
Borough Market, London, SE19AL

7. Leicester Square Christmas Market

At another time of the year Leicester Square market will be full of tourists and clicking photos on significant spots but in the Christmas season, this market gets a new look and shows the festival fever on its own.

During the Christmas season, the market looks like a fairytale with wooden chalets, bigger Christmas trees, whistles, and bells, it is one of the best London Christmas markets.

Last year the La Clique Circus show was hosted here and was the most popular attraction here. Food stalls, crafts shops, gift shops, and decorative Christmas items are the main attractions here.

When to open the market?
8 November to 7 January

Entry fees
Free

Opening hrs
Monday to Friday noon to 10 pm and Saturday to Sunday 10 am to 10 pm

Location
Leicester Square Market, London, WC2H 7LU

8. Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

One of the best London Christmas markets at Hampton Court Palace, the market transforms into a romantic winter wonderland during the Christmas season.
The event is hosted at the Palace ground and stalls for gifts, crafts, foods, and other decorative items for festive seasons are available.

You can enjoy famous street food from different places and can shop for your festive needs in one go. You must visit the live music concert and other performances.

When to open the market?
1st to 3rd December and 8th to 10th December

Entry fees
£15.20 to £17.70

Opening hrs

10 am to 6 pm

Location
Hampton Court Palace, Hampton City Way, East Molesey, KT8 9AU

Conclusion

In conclusion, I have explored the top 8 London Christmas markets,  each market has with unique ambiance and great features, and they promise an unforgettable Christmas experience.

From Winter Market at Southbank Center to Leicester Market, each market has its uniqueness and they offer a wide array of attractions to visitors, there is something for everyone in this market.

I have discussed the perfect London Christmas market, which you must visit and immerse yourself in the enchanting and energetic vibes of the festival season.

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I'm Abhijit Gorai, a writer specializing in UK-based male fashion, business, finance, tech, home decor, cars, property, and travel. With a keen eye for contemporary living, I offer insights that resonate with diverse audiences. As a tastemaker in men's fashion, I navigate the intricacies of business and tech, while also inspiring readers to enhance their lifestyle across various facets such as home decor, automotive passions, property decisions, and memorable travel experiences.
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