4 de November de 2023 mariana

Southbank Christmas Market (2023)

As the winter chill descends upon London, the Southbank Centre transforms into a vibrant winter wonderland, hosting the much-anticipated Southbank Centre Winter Festival. Marking the official start of London’s cherished Christmas market season, the Southbank Christmas Market made its highly-anticipated return to the capital on November 2. Along the scenic banks of the Thames, visitors were treated to a vibrant array of seasonal delights, setting the stage for a festive celebration like no other. With its charming Christmas fair, performances, and an array of delectable treats, this iconic market along the Thames will be offering an enchanting experience for visitors of all ages throughout the 2023 Holiday season. From mid-November to mid-January, this lively festival promises a celebration of the season like no other!

Southbank Christmas Market (2023)

Accommodation Near The Southbank Christmas Market

For those seeking accommodation near the Southbank Christmas Market, there are a variety of options to suit every preference and budget. The vibrant South Bank area offers a range of hotels, from boutique establishments to well-known chains, all within walking distance of the festivities. The Corinthia London exudes luxury and sophistication, boasting lavish amenities and impeccable service. For a taste of history and unparalleled views, the London Marriott Hotel County Hall, housed in a historic building overlooking the Thames, provides a unique experience. Meanwhile, The Royal Horseguards Hotel combines elegance with a touch of historic charm, offering guests a warm and welcoming atmosphere. To enhance your stay, consider exploring the nearby attractions, such as the iconic London Eye (book entry tickets here) and the Houses of Parliament (book your Westminster tour here), both within walking distance from these exquisite accommodations. Alternatively, board on a wonderful 3-hour dinner cruise on the River Thames as you feast on a 4-course meal to celebrate the end of the year. Be sure to book in advance to secure your ideal lodging for this enchanting winter celebration!


The Market Stalls

A leisurely stroll through the Southbank Christmas Market reveals an array of market stalls featuring handmade gifts and decorations from traders around the world. The diversity of offerings ensures there’s something for everyone, from unique ornaments to beautifully crafted accessories. The market’s wooden chalets beckon with an array of tantalizing aromas, offering a global culinary journey. Indulge in mouthwatering Asian, Indian, and Greek cuisines, alongside beloved holiday favorites like raclette and bratwurst. Sweet treats abound, providing the perfect accompaniment to the festivities. To chase away the winter chill, pop into the Recordelig Cider Lodge—a Scandi-style haven boasting cozy rooms, comfortable armchairs, and traditional fire pits. Here, guests can savor a range of winter drinks and indulge in delectable Scandinavian fare. Whether it’s a steaming cup of mulled wine or a comforting hot chocolate, the lodge provides a warm respite amid the festivities.

SouthbankUnique Dining Experiences

For those seeking a more substantial dining experience, Applebee’s pop-up restaurant serves up tantalizing Cornish flavors, freshly shucked oysters, and piping hot fish and chips. The Circus Bar, with its inviting fire pits and open-plan kitchen, offers an equally appealing option for a satisfying meal. Jimmy’s Winter Lodge, returns with an expanded collection of cozy riverside snow globes, inviting guests back into their charming igloos for indulgent experiences like fondue, sizzling stone steaks, endless raclette, and heartwarming beverages. For those seeking a quick nibble, there’s also a delectable array of snackable Alpine street food. The South Bank Christmas market truly amplifies the festive spirit, it’s the perfect way to bid farewell to the year with flair and style.Jimmy's igloos in Southbank for winter season

Entertainment for All

The Southbank Centre Winter Festival offers more than just shopping and dining. The market stalls may be open only until Boxing Day, but the festivities continue well beyond. Guests can settle into a bean bag at the secret cinema, where holiday classics come to life on the big screen, all while enjoying their favorite cocktails. Delight in a curated Love Actually variety show, aptly named “Christmas Actually,” by none other than Richard Curtis himself. Experience the magic of “The Nutcracker” at the Royal Festival Hall, running from October 28 to January 7. Additionally, an art exhibition highlighting the talents of those within the criminal justice system will captivate audiences until January 7, 2024. Beyond these captivating offerings, the South Bank boasts an array of spectacular events. Carol singing, reggae dance, and Bollywood classes add an extra layer of merriment to the festivities. For a cinematic treat, catch “E.T” in concert, accompanied by the esteemed Philharmonia orchestra. Engage in thought-provoking Christmas film discussions led by the insightful Mark Kermode, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For a comprehensive overview of the Southbank’s festive schedule, be sure to visit their official website.Southbank Christmas lights

Stroll by The Thames Between The Christmas Markets

Embarking on a picturesque winter journey from the Southbank Christmas Market to the charming Winter by the River at Tower Bridge, one can soak in the festive atmosphere along the Thames, passing iconic landmarks and enjoying the twinkling city lights. As you meander along the riverbank, take in the captivating views of the Tower of London, a historic marvel standing proudly against the night sky. Continuing the leisurely stroll, you can revel in the enchanting ambiance until you reach the inviting entrance of Winter by the River, where a world of seasonal delights and holiday cheer awaits.Winter by the River Christmas Market in London

Festive Tour After Exploring the Christmas Markets

After immersing yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Christmas markets along the South Bank, why not extend the festive magic with a Christmas lights tour? Embark on a captivating journey through the illuminated streets of London, where iconic landmarks and charming neighborhoods dazzle with twinkling displays. Marvel at the grandeur of Trafalgar Square, revel in the festive cheer of Oxford Street, and soak in the elegance of Regent Street. Allow the dazzling lights of Covent Garden and Carnaby Street to transport you to a winter wonderland. The tours below promise to be a delightful continuation of your holiday celebration, offering a truly magical experience that will leave you in awe of London’s festive spirit. Check them out!

With its diverse offerings, delectable treats, and lively performances, the Southbank Christmas Market is a testament to the magic of the holiday season and provides an immersive experience for all who visit. Whether you’re in search of unique gifts, tantalizing cuisine, or simply a festive atmosphere, this market delivers in spades. As the lights twinkle along the river, the Southbank Centre Winter Festival invites you to celebrate the season in style. Don’t miss out on this enchanting experience—it’s a holiday tradition worth cherishing. This enchanting experience graces the South Bank from November 2 until December 26, with the final week beckoning visitors to revel in its Christmas charm. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this festive celebration—time is of the essence!


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