The Traditional Christmas Market at Southbank Centre is open from Friday 16th November - Monday 24th December 2012, promising plenty of seasonal treats and a festive atmosphere for all ages.
Located between the Waterloo Bridge and The London Eye along Queen's Walk, the South Bank Christmas market is setting up camp for the fifth year in a row.
If it’s unusual Christmas presents for your loved ones you’re looking for or high street shops, a visit to this spectacular market might solve all your problems. The 80 wooden chalets lining the banks of the Thames stock everything from amber and silver jewellery, Christmas tree ornaments and hand tatted lace to wooden toys, handmade soap and ceramics.
A variety of German food and drink is also available at the South Bank Christmas market, which gives you the chance to feast on bratwurst sausage, gingerbread hearts, roasted almonds or a lovely warm crepe, all washed down with a glass of Glühwein, which is a German style mulled wine.
One of the highlights of the Traditional Christmas Market at Southbank Centre will be a ride on the carousel. Parents can take their kids on the merry-go-round and wave to their little ones as they gallop past the wooden chalets, against the backdrop of the River Thames and the magnificent Houses of Parliament.
In addition to the traditional German style market, there are a number of other markets and seasonal events taking place along the South Bank over Christmas 2012 such as a chocolate festival and Real Food Christmas Market, while music fans can enjoy a special rendition of Handel's Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall, as well as other festive concerts and shows.