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Christmas Markets Round up

This Christmas why not make your shopping experience a little more personal? With so many Christmas markets to choose from in East London we’re sure you’ll find something perfect for your loved ones. If you can’t find something, why not get creative and join a workshop? Everyone loves a handmade gift.

Here East Merry Making Christmas Market

With a focus on unique handmade items from 30 hand-picked makers from the East End and beyond, this Christmas market is the perfect opportunity to begin your festive season purchases. With a selection of pop-up stalls showcasing individual designer’s wares and plentiful supplies of mulled wine and hot spiced cider you’ll be kept cosy while you meander among the stalls. Put your artistic skills to the test in free drop-in craft workshops from bauble decorating to terrarium making. Children and adults of all abilities will learn how to fold origami trees, reindeer and wreaths in fun Origami Christmas decoration workshops.

When: Wednesday 28th November 5pm-9pm 2018
Where: Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS

Chrispmas Market

Chrisp Street Market gets extra festive from 2-5pm. Watch the Christmas lights twinkle, have your children’s photo taken with Santa in his Grotto in the Christmas Wonderland and visit the magical Elves’ workshop. Take a glide around the ice-rink, grab some delicious festive food and locate that perfect gift for your loved ones from the stalls of local makers while being serenaded by local musicians and choirs.

When: Friday 30th November 2018
Where: Chrisp Street Market, 173A East India Dock Road, London E14 0EA

Christmas Wednesdays

Enjoy an evening of shopping in the Dickensian setting of Columbia Rd. A market street with classic old world charm, Victorian street lamps and traditional shop fronts will be dressed in the season’s finest. Cruise the streets with mulled wine as you dip in and out of independent shops and peruse the market stalls. Let the Christmas market atmosphere have you singing along with the carols as you find the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Tower Hamlets.

When: Every Wednesday from the 28th November – 19th December 2018 5pm-9pm
Where: Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG

East End Christmas Take-Over at Old Spitalfields Market

Join members of the East End Trades Guild at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 1st December. Pick up your free East End Independents Map and discover a range of distinctive, fun and quality Christmas gifts from a range of makers including Tatty Devine, the Duke of Uke, Artisans & Adventurers, the London Bike Kitchen, Outdoor People and more. With a special performance from the Wing-It Singers at 1.30 pm.

When: Saturday 1st December 11am-5pm
Where: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner’s Square, London E1 6EW

Wapping Great Christmas Fair

Not so much a market as a fair, the Wapping Great Christmas Fair describes its highlight as a marquee ‘full of Christmas delights’ culminating in the Wapping Christmas Tree being lit at 5 pm. Entry to the fair is free and activities will include festive stalls, presents and gifts, hot food stall, Christmas Choirs, Tombola, Lucky Dip, Kids Crafts, free Facepainting between 1 and 3 pm, photos with Mickey Mouse and Mrs Christmas between 12 and 2 pm, Father Christmas’s Grotto with gift (£2) and mulled wine. A great way to get into the festive mood.

When: Saturday 1st December 11am-5pm
Where: Wapping Green, Wapping Lane, E1W



Visit SAMPLE the 1st & 2nd of December on Greenwich Peninsula and find that wonderful present with hundreds of stalls to search from. This unique pop-up market which celebrates the very best of emerging talent within the capital from the worlds of fashion, design, homeware, skincare, food and drinks- offering their wares at one-off prices ahead of the new season. Join in creative workshops and enjoy live entertainment with performances from Brighton record label Mr Bingo and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM including DJ Ruby Savage and other surprise guests.

And Greenpeace is bringing their life size Polar bear to meet and greet the little ones!

When: 1st & 2nd December 11am-7pm

Where: Greenwich Peninsula London SE10 OSQ

Urban Makers East

One of our favourite Christmas Markets returns to the Mile End Ecology Pavillion. This bright and welcoming space will host 2 days of seasonal fun and festivities. With loads of great stalls we’re sure you’ll find some unique presents to delight even your trickiest customers.

When: 8th & 9th December 2018
Where: The Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park Grove Road E3 5TW

Geffrye Festive Makers Market 

This family friendly event will be taking place in the beautiful front garden and Georgian room of the Geffrye museum in Hoxton. Featuring live music, hand-made gifts, cool beer, hot street food and a range of workshops offering the opportunity for free Christmas decoration making and crafts (ticketed) or more serious festive wreath designs and winter wellness survival kit making workshops (bookable in advance-see website for further details and prices). And, if the weather outside gets frightful…there will be tours of the Geffrye’s historical almshouse available (adults £5, under 16s free).

When: Saturday 8th December 2018 11am-4pm
Where: The Geffrye Museum,136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA

Stepney City Farm Christmas Market

Join Stepney City Farm for a seasonal celebration of food, drink and local craft this December with 25 stalls, live xmas jazz courtesty of The Swing Train 42, plus restaurant pop-up by acclaimed chef Ben Tish providing a delicious seasonal breakfast and afternoon menu for visitors. Also on the programme are carol singing sessions, craft activities, appearances by Santa, and a dress-up nativity for families accompanied by a brass band. All proceeds will go directly toward supporting the Farm’s charitable activities, and helping to keep the Farm free and open to all.

When: Saturday 8th December 2018 10am-5pm
Where: Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London, E1 3DG


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