Christmas Market – Southbank 16th November to 24th December
Found along Queen’s Walk between Waterloo Bridge and The London Eye, this traditional christmas market is now in its fifth year and ideal for those looking for something free and festive. Whether you are heading home on the train after a day of shopping or just fancy stocking up on fresh goodies in time for the big day, this Southbank market promises plenty of christmas spirit with handmade goods and warming refreshments.
There will be 80 wooden huts lining the Southbank selling everything from jewellery in precious metals and gems to Christmas ornaments and wooden toys, plus handmade wares such as pottery and soaps. There will be German food and drink on offer, with Bratwurst sausages to warm you up after your bracing stroll along the banks of the Thames, as well as crepes, mulled wine and gingerbread hearts. For the kids, you’ll find the traditional carousel offers plenty of excitement – but no doubt the adults will have just as much fun on it!
The Chocolate Festival – Southbank Centre 7th to 9th December
The Southbank Centre is offering the Chocolate Festival just in time for Christmas for lovers of all things cocoa. With chocolate making demonstrations and even workshops so you can discover the skill for yourself, the stalls at the festival will be showing off their wares and talents with some fabulous creations so stock up on gifts for the big day. Stalls will be selling hot chocolate, chocolate based cocktails, a chocolate fountain and even savoury treats with chocolate at their heart. Every chocoholics dream!
With the master chocolatiers signing their books and running workshops so you can learn more about this beautiful (and delicious) art, there will even be craft activities for children. A perfect,free, festive day for all the family.
Christmas Carols – Trafalgar Square 11th – 22nd December
With a stunning variety of choirs from around London and the Home Counties coming along to entertain the crowds of shoppers and Christmas lovers everywhere, this is the perfect way to kickstart your festive cheer. These free one hour carol events will be running up to Christmas, and with over 50 different choirs expected to be performing a variety of traditional and modern songs this is the ideal pre-christmas treat for the family. Carols will be sung into the night, lit up by the beautiful Norwegian christmas tree which is historically donated every year.
If you fancy something a little warmer, head into St Martin in the Fields church, also in Trafalgar Square, who will be hosting candle lit carol concerts throughout December too with the London Concert Choir singing Handel’s Messiah.