Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Christmas Markets and Fairs in London

Next up in our series about Christmas in London, the markets and fairs!!! Now, there's hundreds of them and to be honest, they're all pretty good so we're not going to tell you about them all. However, if you want to know about them all, check out Time Out London.

No, we'll just be telling you about our favourite 5 Christmas markets and fairs in London, the most central ones! The ones that Chirton Grange can whisk you about to and from...

Barbican Market - 4th December to 20th December - Barbican Centre

The Barbican Christmas market has over 35 independent designers, brands and artisans showcasing their goods and crafts for you. Choose from vintage clothes and designer clothes, arts and crafts, jewellery, books and toys. Of course, no Christmas market is complete without plenty of mince pies and mulled wine. Thankfully they won't be in short supply at the Barbican market.

Christmas Market at the Tate Modern - Until 23rd December - Tate Modern

The Tate Modern has this great space between the gallery and the Thames and over the Christmas period it's put to excellent use as a Christmas market. Wooden chalets fill the space selling everything from handmade wooden toys to unique jewellery and fabulous Christmas decorations. Once again (you may see a theme here) the day out can be accompanies by glorious Bratwurst, crepes, roasted nuts and plenty of mulled wine. There's also a traditional Christmas carousel, probably have the wine after that though...

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland - Until 3rd January - Hyde Park (obviously)

This is huge and everyone probably knows all about it! One of the biggest Christmas fairs in the country, the huge Christmas market is accompanied by a fun fair and, of course, Santa lurks in a grotto! Don't come here if you're on the fence about Christmas though, the constant Christmas music (you know the ones) and plethora of Christmas is great for kids and big kids.

London Bridge Christmas Market - Until 3rd January - London Bridge

A personal favourite area of London so a personal favourite Christmas market. Probably better know as More London Market, the London Bridge do has over 100 independent traders selling homemade gifts and food from German style chalets. Yet again, alcohol is the order of the day with Christmas cocktails, mulled wine, hot cider and craft beers in abundance.

Bavarian Christmas - 12th and 13th December - The Crystal, Canning Town

Be quick, this one is only around for the weekend and ticks the boxes where fairytale Christmas is concerned. I'm not sure why, but we Brits have a very Bavarian style view of the perfect Christmas. There is, of course, an indoor market to be enjoyed by all and chalets that serve - you guessed it - Bavarian food (sausage) and drink (beer and wine). Then, the family friendly stand up from the Comedy Club should hit the spot.

So there you have it, our favourite Christmas markets and fairs in London. As mentioned, there's hundreds more where that came from so don't feel limited to this list! Next up in our Christmas series is favourite ice skating venues so look out for that this week!

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