Whether you are looking for a unique gift, festive inspiration or an evening of food and music, Greenwich Market is the ideal destination this Christmas 2018. Here, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know, from Greenwich Market Christmas opening hours to the moment Father Christmas arrives in his Greenwich Santa’s Grotto!
What time is Greenwich Market open at Christmas?
Greenwich Market is open seven days a week from 10am to 5.30pm.
For Christmas 2018, there are a number of late-night opening hours on Wednesdays (see below), allowing you to shop, eat and be merry after work!
Greenwich Market specialises in unique British craftsmanship, with hundreds of designer makers showcasing beautiful Christmas gifts, furniture, fashions, accessories, jewellery, watches and much more. Many items are handmade and not seen anywhere else, meaning you can gift something truly original this Christmas.
As it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas you will discover up to 150 Christmas-themed stalls that offer hand crafted and designed stocking-fillers, handmade jewellery, fashion and beauty treats as well as delicious festive food and drink treats.
To find out more about our traders, or to search by product type, just click here.
What about the Late Night Markets at Greenwich Market?
This year’s Greenwich Christmas Craft Market is a special treat seven days a week, and if you want to avoid the week-end rush, note Wednesday 5th, 12th and 19th in your festive calendar.
On these days, Greenwich Market will stay open for Late Night Markets from 11am until 8pm. Perfect for that post-work dinner street food style, present buying or evening out with mulled wine.
And, Greenwich Market will stay open through to Christmas Eve – perfect for those last-minute types!
Where is Santa’s Grotto at Greenwich Market?
Father Christmas will arrive in Greenwich on November 21, so make sure children you have written your Christmas wish list! Santa Claus and his happy elves will be in their Greenwich grotto on 11 Durnford Street every weekend in December, plus Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Christmas Eve.
Visiting Santa costs £5 per child, raising funds for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.
Christmas shopping at Greenwich Market
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas experience (think shopping, music and mulled wine!), then Greenwich Market is the place for you. Surrounded by beautiful cobbled streets, the towering Cutty Sark and the nearby Royal Observatory, Greenwich is a visual delight, unlike any other shopping destination.
Read more: Your complete guide to Christmas in Greenwich
For fantastic gifts for children, start your search here, and look out for Alice & the Thimble, Handmade by Sue Jenkins and Little Loomers. If you’re looking for a gift for a sophisticated friend, sister, aunt, mother or grandmother, make a beeline for our specialist jewellery traders, including Charlotte Rudkin, Ali Paton Jewellery, and Laura Lees Morgan, or our many homewares and furnishing specialists.
For the trend-setting man or woman, (can we change this to trend-setters or fashion fiends) there are plenty of Greenwich Market traders and shops to visit. Like Meet Bernard, Joy, Oliver Bonas and Coco Barclay. Once you’ve found the perfect scarf, purse, wallet, watch, t-shirt, handbag, belt or make-up bag, you can pat yourself on the back with a tasty treat. Greenwich Market is well-known for its delicious street food from around the world, including Ethiopian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, American, Brazilian and, of course, British. Start planning your personal Greenwich Market menu, here.
And before you head home, don’t miss the incredible talents of our Greenwich Market artists, including Stu MacKay Fine Art, Adam Doughty, Florica and many more.
Remember, not all of our traders operate every day, so if there is someone specific you want to meet, make sure to double check via the website.
Top Tip: Find out when your favourite traders are at Greenwich Market, here.
Travel to Greenwich Market
To make the most of your day in Greenwich, it is worth planning your journey in advance. Some details are listed below, but please visit our Getting Here page to discover more travel insights.
Greenwich Market by train
The fastest way to reach us is via a Southeastern train service, which takes just 17 minutes from Charing Cross station and as little as eight minutes from London Bridge.
The walk from the train station into Greenwich town centre takes under ten minutes. Alternatively catch a train to Greenwich from Waterloo East, Cannon Street, London Bridge or Dartford.
Greenwich Market by car
The roads around Greenwich town centre are very busy, especially at Christmas, so travel by public transport where possible. If you do choose to drive, there are off-street pay-and-display car parks in Park Row and Burney Street, click here for more parking information.
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Merry Christmas and welcome to Greenwich Market!