One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is to soak up the atmosphere in some of the city’s brilliant Christmas Markets. Nothing beats the twinkling lights, traditional wooden huts and delicious smells as you wander around with your family. Every market is slightly different so whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or an adrenaline rush on some rides, there’s a market for you. To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve put together 5 top tips for London’s Christmas Markets.
Choosing Your Market
Every market in London is slightly different, so it’s worth doing some research before you go. Winter Wonderland has the best rides, the Kingston Christmas Market has a more local and community feel and Christmas By The River is more spread out so feels less busy.
Timing is everything when it comes to Christmas Markets because they can get very busy! The best time to go is during the day in the middle of the week but we know school and work can make that slightly tricky! If you’re going at the weekend, why not get up and go first thing in the morning so you can get there while it’s still quiet, the early turkey catches the worm after all! That being said, going once it’s dark is really beautiful so it just depends what your preference is.
It probably goes without saying, but make sure you wrap up warm! The majority of Christmas markets are outside but a few do have a fire pit to snuggle up around. Why not warm up with a hot chocolate or some mulled wine?
There’s no way you’ll be able to resist all of the sweet treats on offer. From toffee apples to chocolate fountains to crepes and pick and mix, make sure you go with an appetite! You can even buy some bits as Christmas presents for people, as long as you don’t eat them before the big day!
This doesn’t apply to every market, but lots of them now have activities you can book for your visit. Check out Circus 1903 at the Southbank Winter Festival, Ice-skate at Alexandra Palace or head up the Winter Wonderland Big Wheel. You can even meet Father Christmas in Leicester Square!
Enjoy the markets and let us know which is your favourite!
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