As the festive season approaches, we look to King’s Cross and Coal Drops Yard as the ultimate destination to shop, eat, drink and be merry. The canal side setting is poised to be the perfect place to soak up the festive cheer with vibrant decorations, festive workshops and Christmas markets running throughout November and December.
The Christmas festivities kick off on 13th November with the official switch on of the lights across King’s Cross and marks the start of a jam-packed programme of Christmas markets and a host of special retailer events. Join us for the official launch event in Coal Drops Yard, as it transforms into a fluorescent winter wonderland, sprinkled with colourful flocked trees and illuminated with an array of multicoloured lights inspired by the natural beauty of the Northern Lights.
The lighting of the Granary Square Christmas tree is the highlight of the season. From a raving laser tree, Geordie singing tree, to a soaring sledge sculpture, the King’s Cross tree is always a surprise, and this year is no exception. Artist and Curator, David Batchelor draws on his love of geometry and colour and is creating a tree made up of scaffolding and LED lights – this bold addition to Granary Square is a striking new take on the traditional Christmas tree.
The evening also marks the beginning of the brand-new series of Northern Brights workshops allowing attendees to explore and learn a new craft whilst getting in the Christmas spirit. Creative workshops include piñata making, bauble marbling, cracker making and festive wrapping paper printing; all taking place in the local retailers, Tom Dixon, Twiin, Kiosk and Kitchen Provisions. The best part is that you can exercise your creativity whilst giving back, as each ticket requires a minimum £10 donation to homeless charity Shelter, who’s Boutique by Shelter charity shop is located along the Coal Drops Yard viaduct.
With independent markets every weekend from the end of November, there are plenty more opportunities to soak up the Christmas spirit and find unique and original gifts.
Independent Label Market and London Brewers Market return to Coal Drops Yard from 29th November – 1st December with some of the most exciting record labels around selling their freshest sounds. Also head to Canopy market for their collaboration with Made in Arts London and art gallery, Thrown.
Spice up your festive celebrations with the Mexican Christmas Market at Casa and Plaza Pastor, from 5th to 7th December. With artisanal Mexican clothing, ornaments and craftworks from independent artists and designers, it is the perfect opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts. Head to West Handyside Canopy afterwards for a well-deserved drink at the London Winter Craft Beer Festival where you can enjoy a special range of beers, crafty products and DJs.
From 13th – 15th December, The Drop will host a Christmas Market for the lovers of food, drinks and entertaining. Expect wines, cheeses, preserves, as well as wine accessories, aprons, glassware, tableware plus a few surprises. Crafty Fox is back at Canopy Market with the finest independent designer-makers this weekend. Plus London’s largest free illustration fair also returns to the Central Saint Martin Crossing on December 14th.
A festive Canopy Market will be open every day in the run up to Christmas. Immerse yourself with carol singers, live jazz, special events, seasonal masterclasses plus buy direct from independent, ethical and sustainable food producers at the Canopy Market larder. From 29th November – 22nd December. The final market before Christmas, 20th – 22nd December, is perfect for all the family. Guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer just in time for the big day.
With its innovative shopping experience and canal-side location King’s Cross is the perfect place for all to enjoy. Be sure not to miss out on the abundance of treats, markets and workshops – the place to be this Christmas.
For a full list of activities in the run up to Christmas, please visit the King’s Cross website: