By Esin Huseyin
So I’m guilty of fueling the fire of Christmas, but if you can’t beat them join them. I’ve gathered a few of the best markets, some to fit everybody.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that some of them may not be open yet.
Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival
It’s worth mentioning that this festival is already open and will be until the 11th of January. For the second year running, this festival has made a return with the recurring theme of giving; you can’t miss the huge illuminated rabbits, Christmas tree maze, lights and even the famous market. Roll up for some of the shows – including Dickens’s Christmas Carol and even some cabaret and circus acts such as Slava’s Snowshow and La Soiree.
Fair Christmas Fayre
Now I love a good ol’ pun, but I also love something with a message; this fayre is open on the 29th of November, and is all about getting you sorted with ethical gifts. There will be Fairtrade, eco-friendly, handmade, and even some vintage pieces. This will be held in Regent Hall on Oxford Street, definitely a must for yourself, or for someone who consciously live their life this way – either way, it’s a bit off the beaten path of Christmas markets, so you’ll hopefully have enough time to have a decent browse at the items.
Belgravia Christmas Sunday
This year it falls on the 7th of December; Elizabeth Street takes on a more traditional market with market stalls lining the streets, brass bands, school choirs caroling, with the usual gifts you could expect on the stalls – you can even expect to meet Santa and his reindeer, which will be pretty cool for the little, or older, family members. But, if you walk towards Pimlico Road, you’ll have more of the London quirks with jugglers, trumpeters, and the classic chestnuts toffee apples.
Dalston Christmas Market
I loved this one because of it’s family-friendly offerings, much like the rest in this list to be fair, as it brings a slightly different shopping experience to Dalston. Similar to Belgravia’s market there will be festive stalls set up, musicians, comedians, and those good ol’ school choirs again. It’s organised by City Showcase, and it’s on from the 5th-7th December and is one to watch for a relaxed, yet festive, weekend.
This is loved by some and hated by many, but who would I be if I didn’t pop this on the list? This travelling festival extravaganza is a yearly occurrence at Hyde Park – which is already open, by the way. This does get pretty busy, but you can attend during the day to avoid the crowd. There honestly is something for everybody here; stalls, ice rinks. Bavarian themed bars, ice kingdoms, and a circus. Whilst it does attract mostly tourists, it’s a great way to celebrate differently, even more so with a stein in the Bavarian beer tent.
What are your favourite things to do at Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.