Billed as the capital’s most picturesque Christmas market, London Bridge City will be getting festive again this year with Christmas By the River.
What to do at London Bridge City Christmas Market
There more than 70 stalls selling food, drink and perfect stocking fillers as well as unique gifts. What’s more, the site will be running workshops at a chalet-style event space. You can enjoy the stunning city views while you stroll through the market. Apparently voted the nation’s best christmas market for a first date, the organisers are hoping to hold on to their title for another year with a sophisticated vintage ski theme.
New to this year is the Snowman Arts Trail, a sculpture trail based on Raymond Briggs’ frankly haunting story of The Snowman. See 12 artists paint their own interpretations, and try it out yourself if one of several themed workshops.
Eating and drinking
As well as the usual festive market fare (Anyone for more bratwurst?), there’s a full line-up of foods from around the world competing to wow the crowds. So be sure to come on an empty stomach!
Craft Workshops and activities for kids
One of the biggest draws to this market is the extensive range of craft workshops. Get creative and come away with a personalized gift (or keep it for yourself—no judgment here). There’s more to come, but workshops announced so far include:
- 28th November, Thursday 5.30pm–7.30pm | Personalized Christmas Bauble Decorating
- 30th November, Saturday 11 am-3 pm | Christmas Cabin Storytelling—The Snowman (every 30 minutes)
- 4th December, Wednesday 12pm–1pm and 1pm–2pm | Handmade Christmas Cards and Wrapping Paper
- 7 December, Saturday 11 am–3 pm | Snowman Nightlights Craft Workshop
- 11th December, Wednesday 12pm–1pm and 1pm–2pm | Christmas Wreath Making
- 14th December, Saturday 11.00 am 3 pm | Snowman Snowglobe Craft Workshop
- 18th December, Wednesday 12pm–1pm and 1pm–2pm | Winter Wellness Workshop—create your own herbal teabags, bath products and more
Getting to Christmas By the River
London Bridge City is smack bang in the middle of the southern entrances to London Bridge and Tower Bridge. At a little over five minutes on foot, your closest tube stop will be London Bridge, on the Northern and Jubilee lines. If you fancy a stroll across the river, Monument is also within walking distance. Looking for other cheap and free activities while you’re in the area? Don’t miss our guide to the South Bank
Christmas By the River Opening Times
Opening times vary a little. Generally the times below apply, but there are a few exceptions:
Christmas Eve: 11am–5pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11am–8pm
January 2nd: 11am–5pm
Article First Published Nov 1, 2017. Last updated Nov 18, 2019