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Top Christmas markets in London

Get in the holiday season London style! Don’t miss out on the best Christmas markets in London this year as you are in for a treat.

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From big and crowded to smaller and more intimate – London has all your holiday wishes covered! But the question remains with some many good options, which one should you visit? Look no further, as we got your back this holiday season! Check out the list of our favourite Christmas markets in London and pick your favourite one today. 

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

First of, lets warm up with the biggest and most popular Christmas market in Europe, which has been around since 2006. And this year the rumour has it that it will be the even bigger and better than ever before! Even the “Grinchest of all Grinches” will be impressed with the magic begin the Christmas market in Hyde Park. 

Hyde Park completely transforms itself at the end of every November to a spectacular Winter Wonderland. Did we say fun for the whole family? You bet! Christmas market in Hyde Park features the biggest outdoor ice-skating ring in the whole UK, huge Ferris Wheel, Magic Ice Kingdom, rollercoasters, thrilling shows, Santa grotto, and so much more! 

Hum your way through the Christmas carols to one of many theme bars (that is if you are old enough) with real fires. Well, except for the Ice Bar for obvious reasons. We wouldn’t want for the glasses to melt in your hands, now would we. If you like to sing visit one of the karaoke bars and sing your heart out! There is also a special comedy club, where you can literally LOL from every Thursday to Saturday.

Back to the ice, there will be ice sculpting workshops in little German-style Village. Explore the world of ice sculptures in the Magical Ice Kingdom, where a team of truly talented ice sculpture artists create characters and scenes from the famous Dickens Christmas story. Make sure to not be dressed to impress but not to freeze! As the unique ice experience is kept to the setting of – 10 °C. Talk about keeping it cool, right? 

If you are travelling with children, we recommend visiting Hyde Park in the morning or early afternoon as there are less people and you can enjoy all the festivities at a slower more relaxing pace. Make sure to take your kids to one of many organized shows on ice! This year they will be showing the story of Paddington. 

Entry to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is free of charge, however the rides, shows and ice-skating are not.

Christmas market by the River 

The Christmas market by the River returns this year! So, get ready to put your Christmas spirit on. 

Over 70 German-style beautifully twinkling chalets stretch over from London Bridge up to Tower Bridge providing its visitors with amazing views of the Thames. You will be able to find amazing homemade gifts for your loved ones. Alongside gifts, treat yourself to some delicious food and drinks, which are served by the Christmas markets in bars. We recommend trying one of the special Christmas cocktails or sticking to the holiday classics like mulled wine, hot cider or hot cocoa. 

At the local bar – The Scoop you can join food and drink tastings or get your “hands dirty” during the free craft workshops, where you can make your own Christmas decorations. Enjoy the sounds of many live music concerts being held at the banks of Thames. 

Park your car hire in London at Clarion parking on Tooley Street, which is located in the middle of this Christmas market. If you are starting your festive journey through the Christmas market by the River near London Bridge, we suggest you park your car hire in London at the Rosemount on Park Street. However, you want to start on the other end at the Tower Bridge, park your car at the Tower Bridge parking on Queen Elizabeth street or at Q-park Tower Bridge on Gainsford Street. 

Kingston Christmas market 

Located in the heart of the old London city centre, Kingston Christmas market provides its visitors with a perfect backdrop for their photos. This Christmas market in London starts spreading Christmas spirit very early as it begins in the middle of November.

Shop for festive treats at the wooden cabins and fill up your Christmas stockings. Make sure to check the beautifully hand made Christmas tree decorations. Park your car hire in London at Canbury Place Car Park and warm up with a glass of cinnamon infused mulled wine at the Ancient Market Place. If you are feeling hungry try some of the classic English street-style foods that are being offered on the front lawn of All Saints Church. There is also a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and cosying up with your loved one(s). Sounds jolly to us! 

The Kingston Christmas market has a Nordic feel to it. Immerse yourself completely in the holiday atmosphere with a ride on a vintage carousel. 

Christmas market at the Leicester Square

Santa is coming to London and setting up camp in the middle of Leicester Square!

Christmas market at the Leicester Square is located on one of the most iconic spaces in London. Leicester Square is also known as the tourist district, where the Christmas market starts hosting a combination of festive holiday activities and award-winning performances at the beginning of November. If you are looking for a Christmas market in London and want to avoid the crowds, we recommend driving your car hire in London and visiting the Christmas market at Leicester Square.

At the beautifully light up Christmas stalls, you will find vendors selling seasonal treats, delicious holiday food and drinks, and plenty of gifts from you to choose from. If you are visiting with children make sure to visit Santa’s grotto for a perfect Christmas photo opportunity. 

Alternative Christmas markets in London 

Looking for something completely different this year? Then we suggest you drive your car hire in London to visit one of many alternative Christmas markets in London! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Zero Waste Christmas market

Your mission if you chose to accept it is to avoid excessive waste during the holidays. 

Zero Waste Christmas market is a first of its kind and has started in 2018. The eco-friendly Santa’s helpers have teamed up with brands that offer green, high-quality, ethnically and fair produced and made from sustainable materials. All profits made during the Zero Waste Christmas market to go the Cool Earth organization that helps to prevent deforestations. Make sure to check the dates of the event!

Animal Aid Christmas Fayre

Christmas time should be more focused on giving back and helping those in need. This year help celebrating the holiday season cruelty-free at the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre where you can buy products from ethnic and sustainable companies, which are supporting organizations that help animals. 

Jolly Hobbies Japanese Christmas Market

Are you a fan of sushi, green tea, and bento? Then look no further as there is an actual Japanese Christmas market in London. Join the jolly atmosphere and stock up on traditional Japanese accessories and food. Keep an eye on the date of the event and drive your car hire in London towards a whole different experience this Christmas. 

DIY Art Christmas Market

Looking for an affordable gift? Why not think outside the box and visit the only DIY Christmas market in London. Over 100 of established artists with different backgrounds will be selling their publications, ceramics, custom made clothes, jewels, books, bags, prints, illustrations and so much more at the DIY Art Christmas market at the Rich Mix.  

Etsy Made Local

By now most of us have heard of Etsy – where artist from all over the world sell their products online under one roof. Now, this e-tailer has come to London for a series of offline shopping events, where you can fill up your gift bag (and empty your wallet) with unique products. They will also organize several workshops, but the program hasn’t been announced yet, so stay tuned!

Car Hire in London

Planning on visiting more than just Christmas markets in London. We strongly recommend car hire in London to ensure a smooth ride between Christmas markets and London’s many sights! Watch out as the streets might be slightly busier during the holidays, but don’t let that drive your Christmas spirit away!


Happy London holidays everyone!

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