‘Tis the season – the London Christmas Market season! With some of the best Christmas Markets in East London, it’s time to pull on your fluffy scarves and hats, grab a hot mug of mulled wine and start getting excited about the Yuletide.
Whether you’re after artisan gifts, Christmas-themed workshops or some festive fashion, there’s a little bit for everyone across London’s Christmas Markets this winter.
Here are our top picks for Christmas Markets in East London and beyond:
Merrymaking Market – East Stratford
Wednesday 28th November 2018 17:00 – 20:00
Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS
If you’re looking for a Christmas Market in East London with cute handmade gifts, look no further than Merrymaking Market in East Stratford. 30 unique pop-up stalls provide a range of specially crafted items, perfect for a more personalised Christmas surprise.
Highlights include furniture and accessories modelled on simplistic Scandinavian design and leathercraft produced using traditional Japanese hand-stitching techniques.
This East Stratford Christmas Market is also perfect for families. Try some drop-in craft workshops including bauble decorating, terrarium making and origami Christmas decorating.
Zero Waste Christmas Market – Hoxton
Saturday 8th December 2018 14:00 – 21:00
Hoxton Arches, Arch 402 Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD
Go green this festive season! For a zero waste Christmas Market in East London, head down to the famous Hoxton Arches. Centred around environmentally friendly gifts and recyclable wrapping paper, this London Christmas Market offers sustainable, fair trade gifts aplenty.
Highlights include the clothes swap shop – helping you swap out last year’s outdated look for something fresh – alongside talks and panels to help us all go greener for the holidays.
With large crowds expected at one of the most unique Christmas Markets in East London, standard admission is £6.50 per person or 2 for £10. All profits from ticket sales will go towards preventing deforestation and offsetting any carbon produced in hosting the event.
Urban Makers Christmas Market – Mile End
Saturday 8th December 11:00 – Sunday 9th December 2018 17:00
Ecology Pavilion, Haverfield Road, London, E3 5TW
50 designers will be setting up shop over two days at the Urban Makers Christmas Market, making this the best Christmas Market in East London for supporting local artists and makers.
A huge variety of gifts – from gardening tools to handmade ceramics – will be available, so you can find a little something for everyone.
Highlights include the stunningly decorated hall – complete with twinkling lights, colourful stalls and Christmas tunes – plus facepainting for the kids.
With tasty street food, mulled wine and workshops for both adults and children, bring the family along and prepare for one of the best London Christmas events of the year.
Old Truman Brewery Market – Brick Lane
Saturday 15th December – Sunday 16th December 2018 11:00 – 18:00
Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard, Hanbury Street, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR
Every season, the Old Truman Brewery opens its doors to let the world see what its coveted marketeers have been busy creating. With its winter edition undoubtedly its most famous market of the year, a trip to Brick Lane is a must for those yearning for a contemporary Christmas Market in East London.
The emphasis at the Old Truman Brewery’s event is placed on bringing the social aspect back to shopping, with the opportunity to meet the makers and hear the inspiration behind their creations.
Perfect for stocking fillers, local artisans come together to provide a range of well-made organic and sustainable gifts, all for a reasonable price. And best of all… entry is free!
Southbank Centre Wintertime Market – Southbank
Friday 9th November – Thursday 27th December 2018 11:00 – 22:00/23:00
Southbank Centre, The Queen’s Walk, Lambeth, London, SE1 8XX
As London Christmas events go, the Southbank Centre Wintertime Market provides the very best representation of multicultural London. Traditional alpine chalets are accompanied by an abundance of tasty aromas from across the globe, leaving your wallet a little lighter but your stomach nice and full!
Escape the cold and settle into Jimmy’s Lodge’s cosy private igloos for a grand view overlooking the River Thames, or into the new Bar Under The Bridge for charcuterie and cheese boards.
Whether it’s the twinkling lights, the spicy mulled wine or the family activities, Southbank Centre’s Winter Market provides one of the top London Christmas Markets year on year.
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