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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Northern Brights Launch Party

Northern Brights Launch Party

It’s time to light the lights! Join us as we celebrate the switching on of King’s Cross Christmas lights.

Coal Drops Yard will be transformed into an enchanted winter forest. Music from Spiritland DJs, the London Gay Men’s Chorus and special entertainment from Famous First Words. Food, festive tipples and of course shopping. This is a FREE event. The fun kicks off at 5.30 pm and the running order is as follows:

It’s time to light the lights! Join us as we celebrate the switching on of King’s Cross Christmas lights.

Coal Drops Yard will be transformed into an enchanted winter forest. Music from Spiritland DJs, the London Gay Men’s Chorus and special entertainment from Famous First Words. Food, festive tipples and of course shopping. This is a FREE event. The fun kicks off at 5.30 pm and the running order is as follows:

17.30 DJ set from Paul Noble of Spiritland
18.00 London Gay Men’s Chorus
18.30 Famous First Words
19.15 Lights Switch On
19.15 House Gospel Choir
20.00 DJ set from Paul Noble, Spiritland

To kick-start the festivities, we’ll be offering the first 100 people to arrive a free drink from Chapel Down’s pop up bar. Come down early and choose from a pint of Curious Brew, a 125ml glass of sparkling Bacchus or a 175ml glass of white or red wine.

To get your free drink, register for the KX App (you’ll find it at the App Store or Google Play). Then just keep an eye out for the offer. Redeem at the bar using the QR code. The offer is limited to one drink per person.

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Wed 13 Nov, 5.30-8.30pm, Coal Drops Yard
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
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, seasonal master-classes, workshops and tastings 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 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. 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

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29 Nov - 22 Dec, West Handyside Canopy
Ceramics x Canopy Market

Ceramics x Canopy Market

The first weekend of Christmas Under the Canopy kicks off with a craft and ceramics special. Canopy Market will be joined by emerging artists from Made in Arts London and a host of independent ceramicists alongside Thrown, the contemporary North London art gallery. There will be an incredible range of artists and creators, selling unique and quirky jewellery, beautiful hand-crafted ceramics, modern prints and more.

This is the perfect opportunity to get ahead with original gifts!

29 Nov - 1 Dec, West Handyside Canopy
Crafty Fox x Canopy Market

Crafty Fox x Canopy Market

Alongside the Canopy Market regulars, you’ll find a selection of the finest independent designer-makers from Crafty Fox. Expect show-stopping jewellery, handmade toys, fashion, and prints, showcasing the best in London’s modern design scene.

13-15 Dec, 12-6 pm, West Handyside Canopy
London Winter Craft Beer Festival x Canopy Market

London Winter Craft Beer Festival x Canopy Market

Don your silliest Christmas jumper and get down to the craft beer festival at Canopy Market. Look out for the special range of Christmassy beers and seasonal gifts from your favourite London breweries, as well as crafty products to peruse in the stalls. DJs, entertainment, and all you need to eat, drink and be merry.

6-8 Dec, West Handyside Canopy
Kids Christmas x Canopy Market

Kids Christmas x Canopy Market

Santa’s reindeer are coming to town!  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. Meet a real live reindeer, sing-a-long with our live band playing your favourite Christmas carols and dive into our festive scavenger hunt for free presents!

20-22 Dec, West Handyside Canopy
Independent Label and London Brewers Market

Independent Label and London Brewers Market

Vinyl lovers, rejoice. The Independent Label Market is back at the Yard. You’ll find stalls stacked high with vinyl from the likes of Bella Union, Brainfeed, and Dirty Hit. The market gives some of the most exciting record labels around the chance to sell their freshest sounds directly to the public. Plus there will be beers from London Brewers Market.

Sat 30 Nov, Coal Drops Yard
Mexican Christmas Market

Mexican Christmas Market

Mexican restaurants Casa and Plaza Pastor are hosting a Mexican Christmas Market with artisanal Mexican clothing, accessories, ornaments, and craftworks from independent artists and designers. This is the perfect opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts and decorations or to enjoy some traditional Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate. Mariachi songs, plus piñatas too! More info here.

5-7 Dec, Coal Drops Yard
Botanical Boys Wreath Making

Botanical Boys Wreath Making

Take time out to sit and craft your very own Christmas wreath at this fun and laidback workshop led by the Hackney-based Botanical Boys. Designed to get you connected to nature, you’ll build your base using moss, fresh cuttings, and dried fruit before adding a touch of sparkle, all while quaffing mince pies and prosecco.   Book this workshop here

7-8 Dec, 1-4 pm, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard
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. More info here.

13-15 Dec, 12-10pm, Coal Drops Yard
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
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
Sleep Easy This Christmas

Sleep Easy This Christmas

The creators of sleep spray ‘This Works’ are taking over Coal Drops Yard’s boutique charity shop to offer one-to-one sleep consultations and help you sleep better (and look better) this holiday season. There will be mince pies and other Christmas treats, as well as some fabulous fashion bargains, so be sure to stop by for a rummage.

Sat 7 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
Cracker Making at Kitchen Provisions

Cracker Making at Kitchen Provisions

Coal Drops Yard and Kitchen Provisions invite you to create the essential festive table accessory, the Christmas Cracker. Choose from a selection of gifts, cracker patterns, festive jokes or have your family play out a different charade. All workshops are priced at a minimum donation of £10 and proceeds are donated to Shelter.  Book tickets here.

Tuesdays from 19 Nov - 3 Dec, 5.30-7.30pm
Festive Wrapping Paper Printing at Kiosk

Festive Wrapping Paper Printing at Kiosk

Add a personal touch to your Christmas gift this year with your very own designed Christmas wrapping paper. Get creative and design the perfect pattern with the help of experts.  Guests will be able to print their custom creation using FOS certified or recycled paper. All workshops are priced at a minimum donation of £10 and proceeds are donated to Shelter. Book tickets here.

Thurs 14 Nov, 28 Nov & 5 Dec, 5.30-7.30pm
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
STORE Store Christmas Workshops - Traditional Leather Craft

STORE Store Christmas Workshops - Traditional Leather Craft

Kingsley Walters will teach you how to work with traditional leather craft techniques as you make a belt or cardholder.  You’ll learn how to use saddlery tools, cut patterns and sew leather by hand. Book workshop here

Sat 7 Dec 2-6 pm, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard
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
Bauble Marbling at Tom Dixon

Bauble Marbling at Tom Dixon

Looking for something personalised for your Christmas tree this year? Coal Drops Yard and Tom Dixon invite you to create your own marbled bauble. Just pick your colours, swirl the inks and create something unique each time! With a free glass of bubbles on arrival and with up to 6 different creations you’ll be sure to impress.  All workshops are priced at a minimum donation of £10 and proceeds are donated to Shelter. Book tickets here.

Mondays from 18 Nov - 9 Dec, 5.30-7.30pm
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
Pinata Making at Twiin

Pinata Making at Twiin

Hosting the annual Christmas party this year? Learn how to create the perfect party pinata, the festive addition you never knew you needed! Join Coal Drops Yard and Twiin to choose your pinata size, decorative paper and fill the inside with colourful confetti and Christmas sweet treats.  Guests will receive a free drink on arrival to really get the creative juices following.  All workshops are priced at a minimum donation of £10 and proceeds are donated to Shelter. Book tickets here

Wednesdays from 20 Nov - 4 Dec, 5.30-7.30pm
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
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
Festive herbs & drinks Masterclass

Festive herbs & drinks Masterclass

Learn tips and tricks for growing herbs successfully at home during this Superb Herbs Festive Masterclass. Plant up your own 23cm Big Mumma terracotta herb planter and carry it home in a Superb Herbs tote bag.  While you work, sample some herb-infused festive drinks including a warming lemon balm liqueur, a chocolate-mint syrup and a sage-tini.  You will also receive a 10% off voucher for your next purchase at Superb Herbs. Book this masterclass here

Sat 23 Nov, 1-3pm, Botanical Boys, Coal Drops Yard
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

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