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'Tis (nearly) the season - Christmas and Chanukah Fairs in North London and beyond

Planning some Christmas gift shopping? Fancy some mulled wine and chestnuts? Here's a selection of Christmas fairs to enjoy...


North London

The Cabbages and Frocks Christmas Market takes place on 16 November from 1pm-7pm in Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, festival and lights switch on 3.30pm-6.30pm, and on 4 December at the the St Johns Wood Christmas Fair, St John's Wood High Street 12-5pm. The market feature fine and organic food, as well as supporting new designers and cottage industries. There is retro and vintage clothing, homewares, cute childrens clothes, hand blown glass and jewellery by individual designers.

The Interchange Christmas Fair takes place on Saturday 3 and Saturday 17 December at the Hampstead Town Hall Centre.


For something a bit different head to the Angel Christmas Fair Dec 9-11 at Candid Arts Trust Galleries, 3 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ. This is an art and designer fair featuring the work of 50 participants offering contemporary painting, illustration, fashion, textiles, hand-printed cards and wrapping paper, furniture, glass, ceramics and jewellery. Enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cake along with the chance to buy direct from the artists.

Primrose Hill Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 27 November on Regent's Park Road. This Christmas fair features children's rides, food stalls, arts, gifts and crafts for sale, plus live music presented by Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw with jazz singer Colette Copper and her band Little Esther.

Also on Sunday 27th November and just down the road (combine the two if you are feeling especially festive) is the fantastic Hamsptead Christmas Festival 12-5pm. There is loads going on including fairground rides, reindeer, gift and food stalls and a treasure hunt. Michael McIntyre will switch on the Christmas lights at 4.45pm.

North London Rudolf Steiner School has a Winter Fayre on Saturday 19th November with handmade crafts, beautiful gifts and toys, lovely cakes and more. 12.30-3.30pm, 1-3 The Campbourne, N8. 

Frith Manor School has a Christmas fair on 4th December 12.30pm-4.30pm.

Hackney and Islington NCT is having its Christmas Fair on Dec 8th 10-12 at St Joan of Arc Hall, to hire a stall email chair_hinct@yahoo.co.uk. 


There is a Pop Up Vintage Christmas Fair, Sunday 4th December at St Stephens, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead. 


The fabulous Mercy and Pearl have a Christmas Fair on 2nd December 10-2pm at Arts Depot, North Finchley. 


Haringey NCT have a Christmas Baby Fair on 3rd December at Union Church Hall, N8. There will be face painting, balloon modelling, sessions from local classes, a cafe serving homemade cakes and food from Gail's Artisan Bakery, a chance to meet Santa and lots of shopping opportunities. Sounds fab!


There is a Christmas Market at Stoke Newington Town Hall on 10th and 11th December 11am-5pm. 


Burgh House, Hampstead has a Christmas Fair on 4th December 11am - 5pm. 


For a taste of Scandinavia head to Danske KFUK at 43 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, NW3 5TF on 26th or 27th November from 12-4pm for traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations and food. Admission £1 (thanks to fab blogger Little Scandinavian for telling us about this). 

Tottenham NCT has a Christmas Fair on 3rd December 2-5pm at Grace Baptist Church, N17. There will be baby sensory, story time, face painting and carols. 


Bounds Green School has a Christmas Bazaar on 3rd December 12-3pm.


Rhodes Avenue School has a Christmas Craft Fair on 3rd December 2-5pm with festive food, games, santa's grotto and more. 

The West Hampstead Christmas Fair is on 10th December 11am-4pm. 


The Muswell Hill Festive Fun and Shopping Day is 10th December. 

West London Tots has a a Christmas Craft Fair on 6th December 9.30-2.45pm at The Alice House, Queens Park. Lots of gifts and food for children and adults.  

London Jewish Cultural Centre has a Chanukah Fun Day and Gift Fair on 11th December. Activities for all the family and a fantastic Chanukah gift fair - so start saving now!There will be doughnut decorating and other arts and crafts for 2-8 year olds and cartooning for 8+.




Beyond North London

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 18 November to 3 January. This is the Christmas destination featuring the Angels Christmas Market with over 1000 stalls selling food, handicrafts and unique gift ideas. If you feel like being adventurous there is also an ice rink and circus.

The Southbank Centre is creating a Winter Festival from 18 November to 11 January, with a traditional Christmas market until 24 December. Sixty traditional twinkling wooden chalets along the Queen's Walk present unique hand-crafted gifts and unusual Christmas presents. There's roasted chestnuts and warming Gl├╝hwein too!

The Southbank Centre also hosts the Real Food Christmas Market between 16 and 23 December from 12 to 8pm daily. Featuring over 40 producers, head to the market for beautiful cheeses, delicious chutneys and pickles, wild game, sublime hams and charcuterie and all manner of chocolate treats. The 2011 Real Food Christmas Market is a magical mix of traditional fare and gastronomic goodies conjuring up a festive feast in the heart of London.

Duckie Christmas Market at Barbican takes place from 10 to 30 December. The Barbican foyer will be transformed into an indie gift market showcasing cult craftspeople, underground artisans, DIY designers, thrifty retro hawkers and community arts curios.With the added attractions of workshops, pop-up performances and seasonal bonhomie, this promises to be a fresh alternative to the high street.

For foodies out there head to the Taste of Christmas London from 2-4 December at the ExCel Centre.
A selection of the capital's top restaurants will be serving up seasonal menus full of dishes designed to inspire. Watch some of the country's best chefs take to the stage and shop in Taste's boutique market.

Have fun shopping and do tell us if we missed any fairs you know about or are selling at.


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