Let’s face it, Winter Wonderland is not for everyone – the noise, chaos and stress can easily dampen the party atmosphere and the market can feel like something of a squash.
Fortunately for Londoners, the capital has a number of beautiful festive markets on the doorstep for those who want a cozier opportunity than Winter Wonderland.
Here are some alternative options:
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At the top of our list we have one of London’s most valued markets – Borough Market.
It may not come as a surprise Borough Market offers a range of Christmas twists that will surely dazzle any festive Londoner.
Borough offers its Christmas market from November 22nd to January 9th. The market gets a cozy festive makeover with wreaths and Christmas lights in abundant quantities.
Not only this, foodies will be lucky – the market offers festive delicacies, including mulled wine, cheeses and a variety of gifts on every corner. What more could you want?
Covent Garden Christmas Village
Next on the list we have one of London’s finest tourist destinations – Covent Garden.
At Christmas time, Covent Garden transforms into an even more eye-catching version of itself.
According to his website, Covent Garden said it will see “the return of our iconic decorations, legendary Christmas tree, an immersive LEGO installation, many mulled wine varieties and of course the daily snowfall.
New for this festive season is a Frozen takeover, a traditional Christmas village complete with balls for dining, a shopping weekend and more.
“All of this can be found in our outdoor, pedestrianized Piazza and the surrounding streets, which are filled to the brim with amazing brands, heated terraces and the best restaurants in the West End.”
Greenwich Christmas Market
Greenwich in south-east London is known for having a picturesque, village-like feel, and Christmas in the area is no exception.
A lantern parade and the Greenwich Christmas lights begin from 6 p.m. 16.00 on 17 November.
The market’s website reads: “Join the spectacular Greenwich lantern procession and the lighting of the market’s Christmas lights on Wednesday 17 November.
“Kids from five local schools, led by jazz bands, will parade their handmade colorful lanterns through the ORNC area, round Cutty Sark Gardens and into the market for the big Christmas countdown and Lights On.”
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Southbank Center Winter Market
The market behind the Southbank Center is known for its great food and positive atmosphere.
From 4 November to 24 December, you can stroll along the Thames under flashing lights to sample indulgent drinks, street food and a wide range of seasonal delights.
If this was not enough, these treats will be served from cozy alpine-style cottages.
Leicester Square Christmas Market
And finally the busiest place in all of London – Leicester Square The Christmas fair returns this year.
From November 12, the area will host Christmas stalls selling a variety of festive treats that you can enjoy.
Not only this, there will also be a number of live performances, including music, theater and art installations in the local area, which will surely bring smiles to both locals and tourists.
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