Christmas markets 2023

Would you like to enjoy the fabulous Christmas markets in London this year? There are several fantastic Christmas markets to choose from. In this article, we will tell you about the most popular Christmas markets in London and also tell you when the different Christmas markets will open and close this year.

One of the most frequently asked questions is when will the Christmas markets in London open this year? Some Christmas markets publish the dates months before Christmas, while others keep this information well hidden. Below, we will share what we know so far.

The most important Christmas markets in London.

Below you can read about the most important Christmas markets in London, and you can also see the dates for the different markets.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

17 November 2023 – 1 January 2024
The market is open from 10:00 until 22:00 every day, except for December 25th on which it is closed.

This is an extremely popular and famous Christmas market in London. Hyde Park is beautiful, but even more so during the Christmas market period. Unfortunately, there is an entrance fee to enter the area during this period, but it is well worth the money.

hyde park winter wonderland

You can enjoy an ice skating rink, other fun activities, and of course, eat and drink awesome food. This is a must-see place if you want to breathe in some British Christmas atmosphere while in London.

Website: https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Kingston Christmas Market

November 16, 2023 – December 31, 2023
The Christmas market is open from 10:00 until 18:00 from Sunday to Wednesday. It is open from 10:00 until 20:00 between Thursday and Saturday. The market closes at 17:30 on December 24th and it is entirely closed on December 25.

This Christmas market is referred to as a traditional European market with a British style. In other words, a fantastic place to visit if you want to enjoy traditional food and market stalls where you can buy all sorts of souvenirs and Christmas presents.

Kingston Christmas Market

The Christmas market is located at the Ancient Market Place. Yet another fantastic Christmas market in London.

Website: https://www.kingstonchristmasmarket.co.uk/

Southbank Centre Winter Market

2 November, 2023 – January 7, 2024
The Christmas market is open between 11:00 and 22:00 (or 23:00). It closes at 16:00 on December 24, and it is entirely closed on December 25. It is only open from 11:00 until 15:00 on December 26.

This is a Christmas market with a good reputation. Not only can you eat and drink and buy Christmas souvenirs, but you can also enjoy arts, exhibitions, and fun programs for the entire family. This is part of a larger Winter Festival in which you can see art exhibited in the area, and so much more. It is definitely worth a visit.

Southbank Centre Winter Market

Website: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/winter-festival

Christmas in Covent Garden

November 7, 2023 – January 2024 (it will close sometime in the start of January)
Covent Garden, the Piazza, and the Market Building is always open, but the shops usually operate between 10:00 and 20:00 Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from around 11:00 to 18:00. The Apple Market is open daily from 10:00 until 18:00 and the East Colonnade Market is open from 10:30 until 19:00. The market is open from 11:00 until 18:00 on December 24, while it is closed on December 25.

This is a fantastic place if you want to enjoy a Christmas market in a beautiful environment. This is perfect for late-night shopping, daily snow showers, fantastic dining opportunities, a beautiful Christmas tree, and magical evening illumination.

christmas at covent garden

Would you like to find out even more about the Christmas market at Covent Garden? Visit the website.

Website: https://www.coventgarden.london/christmas-in-covent-garden/

Leicester Square Christmas market

November 8, 2023 – January 7, 2024

The Christmas market at Leicester Square isn’t just about awesome food and drinks. This is also an area known for theatres. As a result, you can enjoy a fabulous show in a special tent, showing talented artists performing cabaret, musical, and circus performances throughout this period.

On its website, you can find some more information about the Leicester Square Christmas market.

Website: https://www.leicestersquare.london/leicester-square-christmas-market/


Questions about the Christmas markets in London.


Are the Christmas markets in London open on December 24 and December 25?

We have tried to include this information in the article, so you will find more information there. In general, most Christmas markets in London are open on December 24, but they often close earlier than on normal days.

On December 25, people are home celebrating Christmas and opening presents. As a result, all the Christmas markets in London are closed on December 25.


Where can I find cheap hotels for my trip to London?

Would you like to book a hotel in London without paying a fortune? London is a very expensive city, but there are cheaper hotel options available. To help you, we have included a map below showing the center of London with price estimations for hotels and apartments. As a result, you can zoom in on the area you are interested in, and then select accommodation with a price that you can afford.

 

You can see Hyde Park (for example) on the map above. If you want to live close to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, choose a hotel close to the park. This is a central area in London, meaning you are close to famous attractions such as Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, and the rest of the city center. You are also close to Covent Garden, and Leicester Square. If you walk across the Thames River, you will soon discover the Southbank Centre Winter Market next to the popular London Eye.

Use the map above to find a hotel with a good location at a good price!


Are the Christmas markets in London free to visit?

This depends on the different markets. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has an entrance fee and you are recommended to buy a ticket in advance at the website of the market. At the Christmas market at Leicester Square you will find quite a lot of free activities and the area is free to visit, but there are lots of performances arranged in connection to the Christmas market, and these have an entrance fee. Besides that, most Christmas markets in London are free to visit.


I want to explore the Christmas markets in London on foot. Do you have a recommended route?

London is a beautiful city so it is always a good idea to explore the city on foot instead of using the metro system. A great place to start is in Hyde Park at the Winter Wonderland. You can get there on foot, or travel by metro to either Marble Arch or Hyde Park Corner.

When you are finished in Hyde Park, walk through the Wellington Arch and walk along Constitution Hill. You will quickly discover Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. Now it is time to walk along The Mall. You will now see St. James’s Park on your right.

christmas market walk in london

After walking approximately 1,4km on The Mall, you will reach the beautiful Trafalgar Square, where you can find the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Behind the square, you will find Leicester Square, and from there you can walk along Cranbourn Street until you reach Garrick Street. As you walk there, you will end up reaching Covent Garden with its beautiful Christmas tree and Christmas market.

To finish your stroll, walk to the river Thames and walk across the Jubilee Bridges. You can enjoy the view towards the London Eye, the Westminster Bridge, and other famous attractions while crossing the river. On the other side, have a wonderful time at the Southbank Centre Winter Market.

If you do all of this, you have walked more than 4500 meters, and seen a lot of beautiful London attractions and Christmas markets.


We hope this article has given you useful information about some of London’s best and most important Christmas markets. In addition, you should also consider visiting some of the following Christmas markets:

  • Borough Market.
  • Christmas by the River (by Tower Bridge).
  • Greenwich Christmas market.
  • Canopy Market at King’s Cross.
  • Selfridges Christmas Market.

If you have any questions, comments, or tips about other Christmas markets, please write a comment below!

Christmas markets in London in 2018

London is an amazing city all year around, but if you come to London in December, make sure to check out some of the Christmas markets!

Christmas market tourism is booming, and there are millions of people traveling late November and throughout December every year to visit such markets all across Europe. Some of the most popular cities to visit in this period are Prague, Strasbourg, Krakow, Copenhagen, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, and lots of others. But, one should not forget about London as you plan your Christmas market trip in 2018.

Find updated information about this year’s Christmas markets in London right here.

London is a giant city, so it cannot compete with the Christmas feeling in for example Vienna. But, there are some amazing Christmas markets and areas that you definitely should visit as you come to London in the Christmas market period.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2018
The fantastic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – Source

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

The most famous of all the Christmas markets in London is located in Hyde Park. This is called Winter Wonderland, and it truly is a wonderland in this period. Here you can find lots of programs for kids and adults, and brand new in 2018 are programs like Peter Pan on Ice, Teletubbies Christmas Show, Ice Sculpting Workshops, The Enchanted Forest in The Magical Ice Kingdom and also something called The Comedy Club. These are only the newcomers in the area. Following the success of earlier years you can enjoy the fantastic ice rink in the area, a circus, a giant Ferris Wheel and, of course, shopping possibilities for those hungry, thirsty or looking for a nice souvenir.

Winder Wonderland 2018 dates: November 23rd, 2018 – January 6th, 2019

Would you like to visit a more traditional Christmas market instead? Check out this one.

Christmas market at Southbank Centre

There is a more traditional Christmas market located at Southbank Centre. This is a place where you can buy souvenirs, eat, and drink, and it is much easier to visit than the Winter Wonderland. Why? It has no entrance fee. The Winter Wonderland is an expensive experience as all the activities you do there cost money. So, if you would rather just walk around at a traditional market and spend money when you actually buy something, then the Southbank Centre Christmas market in London might be what you are looking for.

Southbank Centre 2018 Christmas market dates: December 8th, 2018 – January 9th, 2019

There will be even more Christmas markets in London besides these. We will update the article later when we get more information about other markets and their dates. If you read this article on Steemit, make sure to check the original article linked to, as the article cannot be updated one week after it has been published.

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and hope you will have some great travel time before Christmas in 2018 as well.

Christmas markets in London 2017

Have you heard about the amazing Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park? Or maybe the Southbank Centre Winter Festival? Find the dates for the most popular Christmas markets in London.

The most famous of all Christmas markets in London is the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Here you can go ice-skating, eat and drink, and of course, buy lots of products and cool stuff to bring back home with you. In 2017 the Christmas market in Hyde Park will open on November 17th, and it will remain open daily until January 1st (except for December 25th). It is free to enter the area, but you will have to pay for some of the activities and activities available in the area.

View from Christmas market in London
Enjoy this view as you visit the Christmas market between the Tower Bridge and London Bridge – By melis

The second most popular Christmas market is most likely the Southbank Centre Winter Festival. At this market, you will have plenty of opportunities to do some Christmas shopping, and there will also be several events from the stage which will bring Christmas atmosphere to everyone visiting. In 2017 the Southbank Centre Winter Festival will be open from December 1st until January 2nd.

Find updated information about this year’s Christmas markets in London right here.

In the area between the Tower Bridge and London bridge, you will find the Christmas market often referred to as Christmas by the river. Walk along the river and enjoying the stunning view towards the Tower of London and Tower Bridge while doing your Christmas shopping. The market will be open between November 30th and January 3rd.

More Christmas markets in London

There will also be big Christmas markets in Tate Modern and at several other locations in London, but we do not have the dates for those markets yet. If you know more than we do, please write a comment beneath and let us know about it.

You can read more information in general about the Christmas markets in London right here.

Christmas markets in London 2016

October is here and that means that in a few months from now Christmas will be upon us. And with Christmas comes the annual Christmas markets in London!

London is getting more and more into the Christmas Market business, and that is why you as a tourist or a local will have a fantastic time visiting the city before Christmas. Here you will find information about some of the most important Christmas markets in London in 2016.

Find updated information about this year’s Christmas markets in London right here.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland dates and more

The most famous of all Christmas markets in London is the so called Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. This is as the name tells us arranged in the beautiful Hyde Park in London. Here visitors can enjoy a huge ice rink, a Ferris Wheel, bars and lots of other programs for both adults and children.

Christmas market dates: November 18th, 2016 – January 2nd, 2017

Hyde Park Christmas market 2016
Hyde Park Christmas market 2016 – Cedric Weber / Shutterstock.com

Leicster Square Christmas market 2016

This is yet another fantastic Christmas market in London. To get to this market you better travel with the metro (the tube) to either Leicester Square or Picadilly Circus, or go with train to Charing Cross. This Christmas market is covered with beautiful lights and you will find objects to buy and of course something to eat and drink, in addition to lots of activities.

Christmas market dates: November 11th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017

Christmas market at Leicester Square in London
Christmas market at Leicester Square in London – IR Stone / Shutterstock.com

Southbank Centre Christmas market 2016

At the South Bank the traditional Christmas market will return in 2016 as well. Here you will find a good combination of activities and stands where you can have fun, do some shopping and have something to eat and drink at the same time. This is almost just as much a New Years market, because it will remain at its spot until January 25th in 2017, so if you miss out on Christmas in London, you can still enjoy this Christmas market.

Christmas market dates: November 11th, 2016 – January 25th, 2017

Christmas Market in London 2015

Christmas in London

Christmas is almost back again which means that the annual Christmas markets are also soon back in the cities. If you are looking for the best Christmas presents for your loved ones the Christmas markets and fairs are the best places to check first.

Like in every year the markets offer a wide variation of Christmas gifts including the coolest accessories such as scarfs, hats, gloves, toys made out of wood and various other Christmas goodies as well.

Find updated information about this year’s Christmas markets in London right here.

In London you can choose from several markets and fairs such as the Angel Christmas Fair which will be open from 5th December 2015 until 6th December 2015, the fair gives home to the work of 50 artists so you can take the special and unique Christmas gifts for granted. Another popular market in London is the Duke Of York Square which will take place on King´s Road from 7th December 2015. The Christmas Market at Tate Modern is also a charming fair in London which will open its gates from 20th November 2015 until 23rd December 2015. At

At the traditional Christmas markets you can get the best, most unique hand made wooden toys, various jewelries and Christmas decorations as well as other indispensable festive goods and Christmas would not be complete without the annual Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, alongside the best Christmas presents a huge ice rink, the observation wheel, the fairground rides and plenty other children friendly activities are waiting for the visitors, Winter Wonderland will open its gates from 20th November 2015 until 3rd January 2016.

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