Going to the Christmas market is a popular holiday tradition in London, especially for those in charge of preparing the Christmas meal. The Christmas markets are a roundup of treats and goodies from all across Europe that are put up on display at several indoor and outdoor markets for your browsing pleasure. You can pick up stocking stuffers, desserts and other seasonal treats from vendors who set up shop in small stalls in several parks and churches around London. Christmas 2008 presents some new additions to the usual lineup, so here’s where to set your sights for holiday shopping in London:
Kingston German Christmas Market
Head to Kingston to get your fill of German treats including traditional Christkindel wine and handmade bratwurst. This is a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists alike, and most of the vendors offers sampling trays that make this a prime spot for filling up on treats for lunch or dinner. You’ll be treated to carolers and plenty of German-inspired decorations for the tree. The markets open on November 13 and end on December 29; head to the Ancient Market Place in Kingston as early in the day as possible to get your fair share of European treats.
Christmas Food Shopping at Portobello Market
Another popular market that’s open year round but enjoys a festive touch over the holidays is the Portobello Market near Notting Hill Gate. You’ll find an assortment of vintage items and gifts at the stalls here, along with freshly baked Christmas pies, cookies, cakes and European chocolate. You can spend the entire day just browsing the stalls and enjoying snacks at this popular hotspot; the market is open at 8 a.m. through the end of December.
Greenwich Christmas Market
Greenwich Market is always busy place throughout the year, but Christmas takes the market experience to new heights when Santa’s Grotto comes to town. You can find antiques and other knick-knacks for that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift and an assortment of bakery items and snacks that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. The market runs from December 10 through December 28 but is closed on Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.
Spitalfields Christmas Market in London
If you’re looking for trinkets and stocking stuffers, you won’t want to miss the selection at Spitalfields Market. It’s one of the oldest-running markets in London that puts on its festive hat over the season to truly capture the spirit of Christmas. You’ll find Christmas cards, gifts and goodies from the local bakeries at this busy place; it opens at 10 a.m. throughout the week and 9 a.m. on Sundays. The Christmas theme runs from December 4 through December 21.
Whether you’re shopping for food or gifts in London this year, don’t miss the bargains and large asasortment of treats at one of London’s famous Christmas markets. Just head to any of these popular spots near opening time to get your fill of holiday treats for your European celebration.