The markets littering the Southbank spill out their golden treats and gifts to passing visitors, with hot winter drinks and Scandinavian street food, open until 10pm.
Last year, Southbank Centre's Winter Market featured 30 Nordic-inspired chalets filled with street food and potential presents. There was a variety of culinary treats on offer, from vegan street delicacies to traditional holiday favourites like bratwurst, pies, and mulled wine. Dinner was also offered in a real-life snow globe at Jimmy's Lodge, the pop-up restaurant where guests looked out over the Thames from the safety of their very own glass igloos.
This year sees a return to The Hop Locker Bar where you can try any number of excellent craft ales on offer. Head over to the Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace if you want to escape the riverside crowds and enjoy a drink with a view. There is even a Rekorderlig's cider lodge a short walk away from the festival for those of you wanting to be whisked away to a Scandinavian winter paradise.
Thankfully, the fun does not stop once Christmas is over. Come back to Southbank to welcome in 2019 in style with the Vintage New Year's Eve Party.
We're looking forward to further announcements about this year's festival that will be released in the coming months, so be sure to check back for more information.
Other Family events: Southbank Centre
There are plenty of other unforgettable memories waiting for you at the Southbank Centre this Christmas.
An enchanting new production of Rumpelstiltskin will be showing from 13 December to 6 January. And if that isn't enough to satisfy your theatrical needs, then perhaps a night of puppetry and magic with Circus 1903 will.
On 16 December, come to the Royal Festival Hall for a particularly special event, Winter Knees Up, for an afternoon of games and activities with the purpose of bringing grandparents, parents and kids together. Then continue the family fun on 22 December with Southbank's rip-roaring Snow Ball. Put on your dancing shoes and learn some fabulous new routines to some festive classics ready for Christmas Day.
Whatever your age and whatever your preferred pastimes, there is something for you and your family at Southbank this winter.
|What||Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre|
|Where||Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
08 Dec 18 – 06 Jan 19, Various times
|Price||£Free (some events ticketed)|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book...|