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Christmas market in London

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Christmas in London by train

London is the number one destination to visit in December if you love Christmas. The whole city seems to be decorated and attractive lights are lit everywhere. Christmas shopping in London by train is a must for anyone who likes to place original gifts under the tree. And of course, it is incredibly fun to experienced Christmas in London.

Celebrate Christmas in London

London is the best destination to do some serious X-Mas shopping! London has plenty of festive cheer. Literally the entire city is festively decorated, the spectacular window displays are a feast for the eye and the sights are even more festive for Christmas.

Christmas shopping in London by train

Eurostar is the high-speed train that runs at around 300 km/h from Brussels Midi/Zuid to London every day. Board the Eurostar in Amsterdam or Rotterdamand and travel directly to London without changing trains.

The ideal thing about Christmas shopping in London by train is that you can easily take all your purchased gifts back with you. You are allowed to take as many as two suitcases and one piece of hand luggage with no weight restriction. Perfect for all those presents!

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The Christmas markets in London

Dozens of Christmas markets take place in and around London every year. Most Christmas markets are open from mid-November until the first week of January (subject to change).

1. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London's most enjoyable free Christmas market, lasts for six weeks and takes place from the third week of November to the first week of January. You absolutely must not miss Hyde Park during your visit to London at Christmas. Besides endless nativity scenes, you can also go ice skating, play funfair games and admire London from above on the Ferris wheel. Of course, there is also plenty to eat and drink. For all activities and specific dates, check out the Winter Wonderland website.

2. Southbank Center Winter Market

Besides Winter Wonderland, there are even more entertaining markets in London at Christmas. The South Bank will also be transformed into a winter paradise full of fun activities.

A key part of the Southbank Centre's Winter festival is the Winter Market. Here you can wander past wooden stalls full of warm drinks and delicious snacks. Naturally, the stalls are all decorated in Christmas style.

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3. Leicester Square Christmas Market

If you are going to London by train at Christmas then do not skip the Leicester Square Christmas Market. Leicester Square is undoubtedly one of London's most famous squares, and at Christmas it is transformed into a vibrant Christmas market. As well as Christmas shopping, you can enjoy various performances and activities. Find out more about it on the Leicester Square Christmas Market website.

When can you visit a Christmas market in London?

Most Christmas markets are open from mid-November 2022 until the first week of January 2023 (subject to change). For information on dates and opening hours we refer you to the VisitLondon website.

What else can you do in London at Christmas time?

Besides Christmas markets, there are plenty of other attractions to visit when you are in London at Christmas.

  1. The lighting of the Regent Street Christmas lights and the lights in the huge Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square are festivities not to be missed. Also be sure to admire the Christmas lights on Carnaby Street. Each year, the decorations have a different theme and the lights are a true work of art.
  2. If you enjoy going to a ballet performance, the annual performance of the English National Ballet is a must see. True to tradition, they give a number of performances of the Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.
  3. Do you like to shop at a discount? Then make sure you are in London on Boxing Day. In England, they call this day Boxing Day and traditionally the British go shopping then. The big winter sales start on Boxing Day so expect lots of discounts and bustling crowds.

Your trip to London with Eurostar

Eurostar is the high speed train that travels daily from Brussel-Zuid to Ebbsfleet and London. From Brussels Eurostar travels 300 km/h. Eurostar runs directly from Amsterdam to London! Book your trip from the Netherlands from € 91. View your itinerary using the international itinerary planner.

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Utrecht - London 4.54 1 Content Content
Schiphol - London 4.24 1 Content Content
The Hague - London 4.28 1 Content Content
Rotterdam - London 3.41 0 Content Content
Breda - London 4.15 1 Content Content
Eindhoven - London 5.19 1 Content Content
Brussels - London 2.46 0 Content Content

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Christmas market in London

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