One of my favourite things about this time of year isn’t the copious amounts of mince pies I can eat, or the liters of mulled wine I can gulp down, it isn’t even the idea of presents or being able to watch Elf everyday and be judged by no one. What I love is wandering round markets, somewhat aimlessly… Somewhat with a purpose of finding more mulled wine.
My favourite bits about these Christmas markets I hear you ask? I know you’re dying to find out. Well number one would be the fairy lights. I’m a big believer in sparkling lights everywhere. Number two would be being able to explore the depths and breadths of London.
So grab your coats off the hook, put your walking shoes on, and be prepared to become Dora the Explorer of London this weekend with Spindle’s guide to Christmas markets…
When? 13th December. Time? 11am-7pm. Where? Holly Grove Park, Peckham. Cost? £FREE.
Pexmas is in its third year of encouraging and celebrating local creatives in market stall form. With choirs all day and 15 street food venders, naming Pigger and Better and Super Chip as just a couple. Mmm get in my tummy. Alongside these various food stalls is a selection of buisnesses ready to cater to your seasonal shopping needs. Such as textile designer Georgia Bosson and chutney makers Ballie and Rose.
When? 13th December. Time? 12pm-6pm. Where? The Round Chapel Centre for the Performing Arts, East London. Cost? £1.
Bringing Deutschland to East London, the Dusty Fingers German Winter Wunderland is full of bratwurst and cider and wooden hutted stalls full of Christmas gifts and homeware and anything else magically German you can think of. Including baked treats of German Christmas puddings and bundts by Brookes and Jones. Kids are welcome to Santa’s Grotto between 2pm-4pm and there is a possibility of snow…
When? 13th and 14th December. Time? 11am-7pm. Where? Rochelle School, Shoreditch. Cost? £1.
Secret Emporium has had a delightful year of working in the summery seasons at festivals including Secret Garden Party and Wilderness Festival, bringing stalls of beauty to festival fiends. They’re finishing their year of nicely in a festive celebration of creativeness, including illustrations and artwork, clothing and homeware by Young Blood Apparel and Sir Plus and after a long day, enjoy food and drink by The Rochelle Canteen.
When? 13th and 14th December. Time? 12pm-6pm. Where? The Bussey Building, CLF Art Cafe, Peckham. Cost? £FREE.
This Crafty Fox Market is as crafty as it sounds. Arts, crafts and homemade products from over 100+ businesses across the weekend will be available for you to browse and buy. This is the market for unique gifts, so look no further. With stalls from natural soap makers Bon Soap, textile designer and artist Sophie Copage and vintage homeware upcycler Yvonne Ellen to highlight a couple, your presents are guaranteed to measure up in the rare stakes.
When? 14th December. Time? 11am-6pm. Where? EPIC Dalston, Hackney. Cost? £FREE.
Hackney’s DIY Christmas Art Market exists as a platform, even when it isn’t Christmas related, as a place for emerging artists, art makers and creatives alike to exhibit their work. Hoping to discover something completely off your current radar? This is the crimbo market tailored especially for you. With over 60+ exhibiters and onsite café Yolk… I’m definitely going to DIY if DIY stood for Definitely I’m-going, Yeah?
When? 13th to 16th December. Time? 12pm-9pm. Where? Hoxton Gallery, Shoreditch. Cost? £FREE.
The Rosa Bloom eclectic clothing range is a neighbour of Spindle’s at the Hackney Downs Studios, and this Christmas market at the Hoxton Gallery has more of our neighbours attending too, including Wolf and Moon handmade jewellery makers. The four-day market will be taken over by an array of the most creative designers of clothes, jewellery, accessories and costumes Shoreditch has to offer. Head on down on Saturday to catch the opening party.
When? Everyday Friday and Saturday until 20th December. Time? 12pm-pm. Where? Red Market, Shoreditch. Cost? £FREE.
At the Red Gallery every Friday and Saturday in the run up to Christmas sees the Shoreditch Christmas Market bring you local designers, crafters and bakers and their treats. With the opportunity to observe the crafters work and even be involved in craft workshops, this market is for the more hands-on of you out there. Get involved in between your Christmas shopping.
When? 22nd December. Time? 12pm-8pm. Where? Bishops Square, Spitalfields. Cost? £FREE.
Now it would be rude not to add this one in here, the magical sign that Christmas is here is gracing Spitalfields with its presence. Yes, I am talking about the Coca Cola truck. As well as a line up of choirs, orchestras and markets being held at Spitalfields in the advent until Christmas, this is obviously the most important on the calendar (or it is in the childish view of my eyes). Live the magic of the giant Santa drinking a coke for yourself, bring that feeling to life, succumb to your inner child. You know you want to.