Crisp winter air, a lovely riverside spot, and all the trimmings and trappings of Christmas. Really, Christmas by the River has it all. One of London’s prettiest Christmas markets, the festive fiesta has returned to London Bridge, bringing with it the best seasonal treats and temptations.
Nestled against the backdrop of Tower Bridge and the City skyline, Christmas by the River has been a sparkling addition to the festive scene for the past five years. A cluster of cute winter cabins line the riverside, stuffed with crafty creations, pop-up bars, and delicious street food outlets – and a bucketload of festive cheer to boot. The market is also planning a series of workshops, tastings, and storytelling events, which we suspect are best enjoyed wrapped up in a ludicrous Christmas jumper.
There’s two festive bars – The Riverside Lodge at The Scoop and Bar Reflexion at The Pier – to provide visitors with a healthy dose of seasonal tipples.
For nearly two months, festive revellers in London will be treated to a plethora of free entertainment including outdoor festive film screenings (think Elf, Home Alone, and The Muppets Christmas Carol), choir performances and other community activations, including a lantern procession with children from nearby schools that raises money for British Heart Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK and other good causes.
Christmas by the River lets you crack on with your Christmas shopping whilst admiring the views of Tower Bridge and getting steadily sloshed on glühwein… Really, that’s all we’ve ever wanted out of a Christmas market!
Find Christmas by the River at London Bridge City, SE1 2DB, between November 15, 2022 and January 2, 2023.
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