The best Christmas events on London’s South Bank

Heading to London over the festive season this year? While there’s plenty to do across this historic city, rumour has it you’ll find the best Christmas events on London’s South Bank.

Winter festivals, food-fuelled Christmas markets and holiday-themed attractions encompass just some of the yuletide fun in store. Don’t believe us? Check out our guide to learn more.

Southbank Centre Winter Market

People walking through market stalls at Southbank Centre Winter MarketLondon at Christmas time is a wondrous sight to behold, especially if you love roaming around one of the capital’s gloriously festive markets. As well as a plethora of Christmas-themed shows hosted across the Southbank Centre’s complex of artistic venues, visitors can expect treats galore at their Winter Market.

Stroll along the River Thames under sparkling lights, fill up on yummy street food and indulge in a mulled wine (or three) along the way. The best part about the Southbank Centre Winter Market? Entry is completely free, and there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Stay tuned for their sparkling opening date announcement.

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

28 Oct 2023 – 7 Jan 2024

Christmas decorations along London's South BankOnce you’ve explored the Southbank Centre’s magical winter market, why not check out their Winter Festival? This spectacular Christmas festival promises a complete cultural feast, offering everything from ballet to art exhibitions. Take the whole family on an extraterrestrial adventure they’ll never forget at E.T. in Concert, performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra.

Or why not witness The Nutcracker in all of its glory, reimagined in a pop-up jazz club under the Royal Festival Hall? You can even catch a theatrical adaptation of Bluey’s Big Play, the loveable pup everyone’s raving about. Events span from October to January, so there are plenty of opportunities to fill your winter calendar.

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Real Food Christmas Market

Christmas food market in LondonIf you love your festive grub, you won’t want to miss out on the Real Food Christmas Market. Featuring an expansive selection of scrumptious stalls, festive revellers can stroll the market in search of their favourite Christmas treats.

In previous years, aromatic mince pies, cinnamon-infused mulled wine and extra-fancy cheese selections have been big hitters, but it doesn’t stop there. You’re bound to discover desserts, dips and drinks galore – perfect for stocking up the Christmas pantry. Free to attend, the Real Food Christmas Market is a great day out for friends and family, especially those with a big appetite!

Christmas at the London Eye

London Eye Christmas lightsWhether you’re a first-time visitor to Britain’s capital or booking a return city break, the London Eye is a must-see at Christmas time! As well as running themed events throughout the year, this sensational attraction offers marvels and magic at Christmas time.

Take flight in a spacious London Eye pod for the festive view of a lifetime filled with twinkling lights! Once you’ve soared over the River Thames, there’s always plenty more to explore in the area. You can even roam beneath the Eye for free and admire the array of yuletide light installations. But make sure to book tickets ahead of time if you’re planning to ride up high.