Christmas arrives at King’s Cross

Featuring themed workshops at Coal Drops Yard, a design takeover at Canopy Market, as well as a whole host of Christmas happenings

Posted: Tuesday 20th November 2018

To celebrate the opening of Coal Drops Yard, this year at King’s Cross Christmas is all about championing design – from international guest artists to local designers and makers. There are a whole host of events taking place, and plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, shop and be merry.

With the Christmas tree now lighting up Granary Square, the countdown to Christmas has officially begun, and here are the top things to look out for this festive season:

 Canopy Market Christmas Special
Canopy Market gets a design make-over with new pop-ups from independent designers and makers every day, talks from the Design Museum, and of course, delicious festive food, mulled wine and live music.
30 Nov to 16 Dec. 12am-6pm daily, Fridays 12-8pm. West Handyside Canopy

 Illustrators’ Christmas Fair
The Illustrators’ Fair is back with over 100 artists selling limited-edition prints, posters, handmade books, jewellery and ceramics. If it’s one-of-a-kind you’re after, then this is where you’ll find it.
8 Dec, 12-6pm.
The Crossing and West Handyside Canopy

Space Frames
These giant sculptural lights have been placed in and around Coal Drops Yard during the festive period and are the work of Eindhoven-based design studio Mieke Meijer. The dynamic installation responds to the architecture of their Coal Drops Yard location, tracing the arches and mimicking the graphic outlines of the surrounding  industrial structures.
1 Nov-6 Jan
Coal Drops Yard

 Matter of Stuff Christmas Gallery
Kick off your Christmas shopping with pieces from some of the world’s most innovative designers. Look out for new materials and finishes, particularly in marble and ceramics.
12 Nov–7 Jan
Fenman House

 MDR Gallery Presents: Vessels by Studio Vit
An exclusive opportunity to view and buy the beautiful Vessels collection of tableware by acclaimed designers Studio Vit from MDR Gallery, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard.
29 Nov-2 Dec.
Coal Drops Yard

 designjunction and STORE store present Coal Drops Yard Design Tours
designjunction teams up with Coal Drops Yard’s resident design school, STORE Store for a series of curated design tours that showcase everything from radical materials to design classics. Each tour focuses on a specific experience and consists of three stops, where guests can meet the designers, learn about the materials and even make something themselves.
Design tour: 29 Nov, 6-8pm
Christmas tour: 7 Dec, 6-8pm
Craft tour: 13 Dec, 6-8pm
Coal Drops Yard
Tickets go live from 21 Nov via the designjunction mailer

 STORE Store public workshop series
STORE Store, Coal Drop Yard’s resident radical design school will be running a series of public workshops every Saturday led by professional designers, artists and architects. They will be exploring everything from rope making, casting, plastics, mould making and weaving. To find out more please contact
Every Sat from 10 Nov
STORE store  

17 Nov, 12-3pm: Rope Making Workshop
24 Nov, 11am-6pm: Dinner and Play Workshop
1 Dec, 12-3pm: Formcard Vases Workshop
8 Dec, 12-6pm: Not So Expanded Polystyrene Workshop
15 Dec: 12-3pm Building Baubles Workshop

Hem Pop-Up and Weekly Events
The Hem pop-up gives Londoners the opportunity to view and experience Hem furniture, lighting and accessories by some of today’s most forward-thinking designers. The space is also home to weekly design led events for the general public, including photography, embroidery and interior styling. Register at Eventbrite:
1 Nov – 31 Dec
Coal Drops Yard

14 Nov, 6.30 – 8pm: BAUX Talk:  The Future of Acoustics
22 Nov, 6.30 – 7.30pm: Interior Styling Workshop At Home with Hostmaker
21 Nov, 6.30 – 7.30pm: Instagram Photography: Kate Watson Smyth @madaboutthehouse
24 and 25 Nov, 12pm to 5pm: Hem Throw Monogram Embroidery in Store
29 Nov, 6.30 – 8pm: Luca Nichetto Design Talk: Alphabets Lamp
30 Nov, 6.30 – 8pm Studio: DeFORM Desien Talk Zig Zag Shelf
6 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm: Design Anthology Workshop
10 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm: Modern Design Review Talk
13 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm Philippe Malouin Design Talk: Working with Hem
17 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm: Floom Workshop: Seasonal Floral Arrangements

Christmas Wreath Making with Edie Rose
Join Wolf & Badger’s resident florist Edie Rose in its Coal Drops Yard store and learn how to make your own Christmas wreath in our wreath-making workshops.
21 Nov, 6.30-8.30pm.
Wolf & Badger

German Gymnasium winter terrace
This winter the terrace at German Gymnasium is transformed into a magical German Christmas market. Sip warming cocktails and indulge in traditional winter market classics.
From 23 Nov.
German Gymnasium

WILD Wreath Making Workshop at Tom Dixon
Make your very own, gorgeously wild Christmas wreath under the watchful eye of master florist Nikki Tibbles.  Created especially for WILD at Tom Dixon.
27 Nov, Dec 11, Dec 18, 6-8pm
Tom Dixon

Sadie Clayton Christmas Tree at Granary Square Brasserie
Rising design star, Sadie Clayton has created a copper tree for Granary Square Brasserie. This bespoke tree features 104 signature copper leaves and twinkling lights. The design is inspired by mindfulness and positive energy. Following exhibitions at Tate Britain and Art Basel Miami, and colorations with Alexander McQueen, this installation sees her showcasing her work as part of King’s Cross Christmas season celebrating design.
12 Nov-30 Dec
Granary Square Brasserie

Independent Label Market @ Canopy Market
Since 2011, Independent Label Market has brought together the founders of over 500 of the world’s greatest independent record labels to sell their fresh vinyl produce directly to the public.
15-16 Dec, 12-6pm
West Handyside Canopy

THE FACE Covers Archive
The story of THE FACE is told through 250 historic covers of the magazine universally acclaimed as the most influential of its time.
26 Oct – 31 Jan
Lewis Cubitt Square

Riposte Presents, Protection
This new group exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. In partnership with Amnesty International UK Trust, Riposte have invited 30 artists to create a piece of work in response to the word “Protection”. All proceeds from art sales will be donated to Amnesty. Alongside the exhibition there’ll be a programme of events and a specially created publication produced by the Newspaper Club.
10-16 Dec
Coal Drops Yard

12 Dec, 6.30 – 9.30pm: Artist Talk: Gender based rage and creativity. Artists from the exhibition explore the galvanising affect of anger and rage on their work.

13 Dec, 7 – 10pm:  Riposte & Rita’s Protection Dinner. Riposte and Rita’s will host an intimate dinner for 20 people in the gallery space. Rita’s will provide the food, Aimee Hartley of Above Sea Level will create the wine list. One of the Amnesty advocates will tell a 15 minute story about her journey to the UK and the importance of the declaration of human rights.

15 Dec, 12 – 4pm: Protection Family day. Throughout the day Riposte will run drop in collage and screen-printing workshops for everyone to get creative regardless of their age.

New Year’s Eve
Spiritland and The Lighterman are both hosting special New Year’s Eve parties featuring a three course meal and DJs on the decks until late.
Spiritland and The Lighterman

Carol concerts

Christmas Choir Festival
A magical night of Christmas choral and contemporary music lead by Kings Place and Naomi Hammerton. Featuring the Great Ormond Street Staff and Parent Choir and Choir Baby.
7 Dec, 6:30-11pm
Skip Garden

Dishoom Christmas Carols
Dishoom Chai and Santa hats, along with mince pies and carols, make this charity carol service a festive night out.
18 Dec 6:30-8pm
West Handyside Canopy

Further information about all these events and more can be found on the King’s Cross website here.

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