Christmas at King’s Cross

‘Tis the season…here’s the listing of festive happenings at King’s Cross. Coal Drops Yard get’s a magical makeover, there are Christmas markets, lots of them! Plus festive workshops, concerts, parties and much more. To see the full listing, head over to the What’s on guide.

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Christmas Under the Canopy

Christmas Under the Canopy

Canopy Market will be open every day in the run-up to Christmas. Expect carol singers, live jazz, free workshops and tastings (see the full listing and book your spot here), plus all the festive food and unique gifts you can dream of. Each week there is a different theme plus, new this year, get everything you need for the Christmas table at The Market Larder.  Canopy market finishes for Christmas on December 22nd and is back in the New Year on January 17th.

Canopy Market will be open every day in the run-up to Christmas, and each week sees a different theme take over the market. Expect carol singers, live jazz, special events, seasonal master-classes, workshops and tastings, plus all the festive food and unique gifts you can dream of. From unique craft gift ideas to a winter craft beer festival and plus, new this year, get everything you need for the Christmas table at The Market Larder.  Canopy market finishes for Christmas on December 22nd and is back in the New Year on January 17th.

Buy directly from independent, ethical and sustainable food producers. Think farmhouse British cheeses, sustainable smoked salmon and prize-winning cockerels from Nathan of The Butchery.

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12.00-19.00, Fri 12.00-20.00, Sat & Sun 11.00-18.00

See the full listing for Christmas under the Canopy here

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29 Nov - 22 Dec, West Handyside Canopy
Bjorn the Bear

Bjorn the Bear

Come and meet Bjorn the Polar Bear.  This magical, interactive performance is a cross between an animatronic petting zoo and a nature documentary. During the show, you will find out about how polar bears survive in the Arctic and get the opportunity to interact with Bjorn – he’s very friendly.

Performances are 30 minutes and take place at 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 14th and 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Sunday 15th.

14-15 Dec, Coal Drops Yard
Northern Brights

Northern Brights

Coal Drops Yard has been transformed into a fluorescent winter wonderland, with colourful flocked trees and multi-coloured illuminations inspired by the natural beauty of the Northern Lights. Head here for a totally relaxed festive shopping experience.

Wed 13 Nov, 5.30-8.30pm, Coal Drops Yard
Daily Workshops at Canopy Market

Daily Workshops at Canopy Market

Between Friday 29 November and Sunday 22 December, Canopy Market brings you a whole array of free seasonal workshops.  Whether you are creative, crafty or green-fingered, scientific, artistic or simply fancy some Karaoke Carols, there is something for everyone – young and old! See the full listing and book your spot here.

Crafty Fox x Canopy Market

Crafty Fox x Canopy Market

Discover the best independent designers. Crafty Fox is at Canopy Market all weekend. But the big happening is on Sunday 15th, Crafty’s biggest market ever in fact. More than 125 traders will be in attendance, both at West Handyside Canopy and spilling into the Crossing in the Granary Building. Expect original jewellery, ceramics, textiles, prints, toys and clothing. See the list of fabulous traders you can expect to meet here. This is your Christmas gifting sorted.

Discover the best independent designers. Crafty Fox is at Canopy Market all weekend. But the big happening is on Sunday 15th, Crafty’s biggest market ever in fact. More than 125 traders will be in attendance, both at West Handyside Canopy and spilling into the Crossing in the Granary Building. Expect original jewellery, ceramics, textiles, prints, toys and clothing. See the list of fabulous traders you can expect to meet here. This is your Christmas gifting sorted.

Market Opening Hours:
Friday 12.00-20.00
Saturday 11.00-18.00
Sunday 11.00-17.00

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13-15 Dec, West Handyside Canopy
Kids Christmas x Canopy Market

Kids Christmas x Canopy Market

Join us for an action-packed fun weekend. Make your own illustrated Christmas cards, ceramic baubles and screen-printed advent calendars. Get stuck into badge-making with the Design Museum, learn how to make a natural Christmas wreath, try our hot chocolates with tons of different toppings and sing-a-long with our live band playing your favourite Christmas carols!

Join us for an action-packed fun weekend. Make your own illustrated Christmas cards, ceramic baubles and screen-printed advent calendars. Get stuck into badge-making with the Design Museum, learn how to make a natural Christmas wreath, try our hot chocolates with tons of different toppings and sing-a-long with our live band playing your favourite Christmas carols!

Friday 20 December
12 – 2pm: Christmas number fun! With UCL
1 – 3pm: ‘Inside A Christmas Carol’ workshop with The Charles Dickens Museum
2 – 4pm: Digital collages made easy – with Visual Flux
3 – 5pm: Play activities with the Wellcome Collection Shop

Saturday 21 December
11am – 1pm + 2 – 4pm: Design Museum, badge-making
12 – 2pm: Make your own Christmas song using Artificial Intelligence! With The Alan Turing Institute
1 – 3pm: Christmas Tree decoration workshop with illustrator Rekha Mistry
3 – 5pm: Play activities with the Wellcome Collection Shop

Sunday 22 December
12 – 2pm: Screen-printing workshop with artist Jairo + Nicola
1 – 2pm + 3 – 4pm: Karaoke Christmas carols! With Home Brass
1 – 3pm: Kuniko Maeda’s Christmas Bauble-making workshop
2 – 4pm: Family painting with Kemi Onabule
2.30 – 4.30pm: Drawing People Together workshop with Lucie Russell
3 – 5pm: Play activities with the Wellcome Collection Shop

Market Opening Hours:
Friday 12.00-20.00
Saturday 11.00-18.00
Sunday 11.00-18.00

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20-22 Dec, West Handyside Canopy
Get Exclusive Festive Offers in the KX App

Get Exclusive Festive Offers in the KX App

Be smart this festive season, and get exclusive discounts on gift buying, drinks and food with the King’s Cross App. The App gives you exclusive access to offers and deals at shops, restaurants, salons and galleries. You’ll also be the first to know about events and any ticket giveaways. Head to the App Store or Google Play and download today!

The Drop's Christmas Market

The Drop's Christmas Market

Coal Drop Yard’s friendly wine bar, The Drop, has rounded up some pals to put on a Christmas Market for lovers of food, drink and entertaining. Find thoughtful presents for the discerning hosts in your life. Expect wines, cheeses, preserves, as well as wine accessories, aprons, glassware, tableware plus a few surprises.

London City Brass will be at The Drop’s Christmas Market on Saturday, playing two sets of Christmas songs at 12-12.30pm and 1-1.30pm.  On Sunday, Sing the Easy Way will be performing at 3 x 20-minute sets with all your Christmas favourites from 12 pm.

More info here.

13-15 Dec, 12-10pm, Coal Drops Yard
The King's Cross Tree

The King's Cross Tree

Artist David Batchelor is behind this year’s tree – King’s Xmas. The tree is a celebration of Batchelor’s love of colour, industrial materials and geometry and transforms from day to night. Come and see it at Granary Square.

Until Jan 2
STORE Store Christmas Workshops- Candle Making

STORE Store Christmas Workshops- Candle Making

Designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo introduce you to the craft of traditional beeswax candle making. You’ll make a set of two dipped candles, one hand-twisted candle and six birthday candles all wrapped and stamped with a bespoke wax seal. Book Workshop here

Sat 14 Dec, 2-6 pm, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard
Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People Family Matinee

Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People Family Matinee

After sold-out runs in 2017 and 2018, this annual celebration combining ideas, experiments, science, songs, comedy, poetry and more returns in 2019 for more eclectic mayhem.
Suitable for children ages 10+.

Sun 15 Dec, 11.30am, Kings Place
Jewellery Making with Maya Magal

Jewellery Making with Maya Magal

Each Wednesday until Christmas, cult jewellery makers Maya Magal London will be hosting a wonderful series of workshops for you to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces. Each session has a sustainable twist using recycled metals and repurposed beads.

Wednesdays from 6 Nov - 18 Dec, Coal Drops Yard
Winsor & Newton Pop Up Store

Winsor & Newton Pop Up Store

Calling all budding artists! Head to the Winsor & Newton pop-up store in Coal Drops Yard this Christmas. You can explore, play and create using the newly-launched promarkers and watercolours in all kinds of vivid and metallic shades. Add to the “Live art wall”, learn a new technique from the pros, have your gifts wrapped in one-of-a-kind paper, created live! There are competitions, giveaways and new promotions every day. More info here.

12-15 Dec, Kiosk, Coal Drops Yard
Luca Silvestrini's Protein: The Little Prince

Luca Silvestrini's Protein: The Little Prince

Book your tickets early for what is set to be a mesmerising adaptation of the children’s classic, The Little Prince. Based on the much-loved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupér, the tale of a stranded pilot and the strange little boy he meets is brought to life using Protein’s signature mix of humour, theatre, and dance.

17-24 Dec, The Place
SUPERMAX presents: 10 Christmas Crackers

SUPERMAX presents: 10 Christmas Crackers

Thursdays and Fridays at SUPERMAX are where it’s at this festive season. Ten nights of non-stop party with the DJs each devoting themselves to a different killer theme. Think 90s jams, house party vibes, R’n’B, hip hop, and nights of unabashed Prince and George Michael worship.

Thursdays & Fridays from 21 Nov- 20 Dec
Storystock Presents: Father Christmas and the Broken Sleigh

Storystock Presents: Father Christmas and the Broken Sleigh

Award-winning children’s theatre company ‘Onceupona’ present a Christmas adventure! Tickets include access to the Craft Day at Kings Place. This event is suitable for children from 6 months to 3 years.

Sat 21 Dec, 10am & 11.15am, Kings Place
Storystock Presents: The Elves and the Shoemaker and Other Stories

Storystock Presents: The Elves and the Shoemaker and Other Stories

Beasts and breadcrumbs, wolves and witches, frogs and fairies all join the fun in a stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s most magical tales.
Suitable for children ages 3+.

Sat 21 Dec, 11am & 12.30pm, Kings Place
Cellophony: The Night Before Christmas

Cellophony: The Night Before Christmas

Santa has overslept and his elves take on the responsibility of delivering this year’s Christmas presents – but will they manage to get around all the children’s homes in time for the big day?
Suitable for children aged 4+

Sat 21 Dec, 4.30pm, Kings Place
Christmas at Kings Place

Christmas at Kings Place

Get into the holiday spirit with a selection of sparkling seasonal shows at Kings Place. Highlights include Bach’s joyous Christmas Oratorio, a performance from the Girls Choir and College Choir of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, a Christmas Folk show, and Robin Ince’s anarchic Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People combining comedy, music, scientific experiments and special guests. Book here

1-21 Dec, Kings Place
Time Out Presents | Mariah Carey Christmas Dance Workshop

Time Out Presents | Mariah Carey Christmas Dance Workshop

Christmas isn’t Christmas without Mariah.  Embrace the absolute queen of festive hits with a little help from personal trainer-slash-dance-teacher Cassius Powell.  The classes are fast, fierce and seriously fun. Cassius is now giving us the festive remix dedicated to Mariah’s sassiest moves.  Book tickets here

Samsung KX, Coal Drops Yard, 12 & 20 Dec, 1-2pm
Canopy Market Larder

Canopy Market Larder

Get everything you need for the Christmas table at Canopy Market Larder. Buy directly from independent, ethical and sustainable food producers. Think farmhouse British cheeses, sustainable smoked salmon and prize-winning cockerels from Nathan of The Butchery.

Market Opening Hours:
Friday 12.00-20.00
Saturday 11.00-18.00
Sunday 11.00-18.00

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, West Handyside Canopy
House of Illustration Fair

House of Illustration Fair

London’s largest free illustration fair is back! This is the perfect place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts, cards and stocking fillers while supporting talented illustrators. You’ll find handmade cards, limited-edition prints and one-off pieces – plus the indoor location means you won’t freeze while browsing.

Sat 14 Dec, The Crossing, Central Saint Martins
Vermuteria Seasonal Social Supper

Vermuteria Seasonal Social Supper

On Dec 16th, Vermuteria invites you to a seasonal supper in celebration of winter. Anthony Demetre joins Greg and the team to cook a warming winter menu:
Ragu with Highland gnocchi
Confit duck with red cabbage and chestnuts
Winter trifle with vermouth poached quince
Vegetarian and vegan menus are also available.
Complmentary aperitif and digestif.
Tickets are £35 and booking is essential. To reserve your place: email info@vermuteria.cc

Coal Drops Yard, 16 Dec from 7pm
Festive menus at The Lighterman

Festive menus at The Lighterman

Get in the Christmas spirit with a three-course feast or drinks and canapés in the canalside bar. The set menu is available for group bookings until 24th December and features all the Christmas classics as well as delicious vegan dishes such as roasted harrier butternut squash with chestnut, crispy kale & winter truffle or Jerusalem artichoke & wild mushroom tart with roasted chestnuts.

Get in the Christmas spirit with a three-course feast or drinks and canapés in the canalside bar. The set menu is available for group bookings until 24th December and features all the Christmas classics as well as delicious vegan dishes such as roasted harrier butternut squash with chestnut, crispy kale & winter truffle or Jerusalem artichoke & wild mushroom tart with roasted chestnuts.

Book now or take a look at the Festive Brochure for more details.

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New Year's Eve at The Lighterman

New Year's Eve at The Lighterman

Head to The Lighterman for an intimate dinner or a gourmet New Year’s Eve gathering and toast to new beginnings with friends and family. The New Year’s Eve set menu is £65pp and includes a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon “Brut Réserve” brut champagne on arrival. After dinner, join us at the bar for drinks and dancing until 1am.

Head to The Lighterman for an intimate dinner or a gourmet New Year’s Eve gathering and toast to new beginnings with friends and family. The New Year’s Eve set menu is £65pp and includes a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon “Brut Réserve” brut champagne on arrival. After dinner, join us at the bar for drinks and dancing until 1am.

Book now or take a look at the Festive Brochure for more details.

New Year’s Eve Offer
To make this New Year’s Eve extra special, you can pre-order bottles of NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs “Devos” Pierre Montcuit Champagne at a reduced price of £65 per bottle (normally £85). Please mention when booking.

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Ruby Violet's Fancy Festive Pudding Club

Ruby Violet's Fancy Festive Pudding Club

Enjoy a freshly baked mince pie & a scoop of Billy’s Brandy ice cream, Cracking Christmas Baked Alaska or Mini Chocolate Fondant pudding with a melting chocolate heart. Indulge in a short and intense hot chocolate, prosecco or a delectable cocktail.

21 Nov - 31 Dec, Ruby Violet
Beer + Burger - Grinch Burger

Beer + Burger - Grinch Burger

The Christmas-inspired guest burger is back! A juicy turkey patty, loaded with a brussel sprout + roast chestnut pesto, maple bacon and American cheese. It’s Christmas in a bun!

Available from Sun 1 Dec, Beer + Burger Store, York Way
Sons + Daughters Ultimate Christmas Sandwich

Sons + Daughters Ultimate Christmas Sandwich

This Christmas sandwich is a heady combination of soft white bloomer, roasted Swaledale turkey thigh, smoked turkey breast, bread sauce mayo, spicy cranberry XO, marsala gravy ‘moistmaker’, pickled red cabbage and watercress.

Available every day from 10.30am, Lower Stable Street
Northern Brights Festive Workshops

Northern Brights Festive Workshops

Get into the spirit with these quirky festive workshops at Coal Drops Yard. A host of cool, independent brands such as Kiosk, Twiin and Tom Dixon will teach you everything from tree flocking and wrapping paper printing to cracker and festive piñata making. All proceeds are donated to Shelter. Ticket prices to be an honest donation with a minimum of £10.

Get into the spirit with these quirky festive workshops at Coal Drops Yard. A host of cool, independent brands such as Kiosk, Twiin and Tom Dixon will teach you everything from tree flocking and wrapping paper printing to cracker and festive piñata making. All proceeds are donated to Shelter. Ticket prices to be an honest donation with a minimum of £10.

Bauble Marbling at Tom Dixon: Mondays
Cracker Making at Kitchen Provisions: Tuesdays
Pinata Making at Twiin: Wednesdays
Festive Wrapping Paper Printing at Kiosk: Thursdays
More info here.

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13 Nov - 15 Dec, Coal Drops Yard

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