Christmas is Cracking in Camden.

Happy man and long-haired woman  at Christmas market.

Alright, Alright. Hold your horses Camden. We know you’re wondering why you haven’t had a pre-christmas blog (like Southwark and Wandsworth) looking at what’s going on round the Borough.

We’re putting that right. Right here, right now. So if you’re in Camden and want to know where to make the most of the festivities here’s our quick guide to some of the best upcoming events. And it doesn’t matter if you’re for the calamity of Mog the Cat or the tear jerk-ed-ness of the Man in the Moon – we’ve done our best to ensure there’s something in this particular Camden Cracker for everyone…

Camden has a bit of a reputation as a party Borough – a place of events, festivals, performance and art. It’s a lot for a little Borough to live up to – especially at Christmas – but as ever, Camden has got some events worthy of its stature.

Markets and Fairs

Camden is famous for its markets, and as you might expect, they go to Town at Christmas (pardon the pun).

Camden Lock Christmas Market

The Lock is one of London’s most famous market venues. It’s worth a visit at any time of year – but there’s a special Christmas themed market taking place from 14th to 18th December. It kicks off on 14th with a Kids night – including jugglers, magicians, musicians and more. The best bit is that entry to the market is free to enter – but we don’t expect you’ll be able to resist the huge range of gifts on offer – from designer clothes, christmas food, decorations and more.

Antiques and Christmas Craft Fair

Highgate’s Literary and Scientific Institution in South Grove plays host to a festive fair featuring mince pies, mulled wine, christmas crafts and – more unusually – unique antiques on display in the historic building. You don’t have to get dressed up in your best Dickensian, but if you like your antiques you may want to take some spare cash.

Doors open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 28th November and entry is £1.50, Children free. Find more information on the Hampstead market website.

West Hampstead Christmas Market

If you fancy a trip a smidgen off the Camden Patch – then West Hampstead’s got a Christmas Market that’s worth a visit. The usual fair is on offer – including seasonal food, cards, gifts, local arts & crafts, puppet shows, singing, dancing, face-painting and – of course – plenty of mulled wine.

It’s taking place between 10am & 4pm at West End Green, West End Lane and Emmanuel Church.

Tate Modern Christmas Market, Das ist Gut, Ja?

If the traditional old UK Christmas is wearing a bit thin, then how about German themed celebration. The Tate Modern is a bit of a trek from Camden (South of the River in fact – and closer to our Southwark branch – but we missed it in our Southwark guide) but, like most things at the Tate Modern there’s a twist. And in this case it’s in the shape of Bratwurst – as Tate Modern hosts a Christmas Market German style.

Taking place from 20th – 23rd November you’ll find a wealth of German food and drink on offer – from Bratwurst to Apfelstrudel, Glühwein to Hog Roast plus a range of stalls its gifts you won’t find on the High Street. Visit the website for the full opening hours and prices. 


Rhymes, Melodies and Food

If you like food and food history – then there’s an event you’ll love at an unlikely venue. The Royal College of Physicians plays host to 500 years of festive food – ‘a candlelit evening of culinary time-travel’. Featuring expert guest speakers, the event delves into the college archives and examines festive food and drink from the past 5 Centuries – including original Victorian meat-laden Mince pies!

The event costs £15 and includes food & drink tastings. Find out more on the RCP website.

Carol Singing for Anthony Nolan Trust

Regular visitors to the ABC Selfstore blog will know of our association with The Anthony Nolan Trust whose Spit kit stocks we help find a storage home for. If Christmas excites you because it coaxes out out your inner tenor (or you just like a good festive sing-along) then the Trust is holding a Carol singing event that’s sure to delight. It’s at St Pancras Church on 9th December and Doors open at 6.15pm for a 7pm start. Tickets for the celebration and song event are £10 for adults & children are free – visit the website for all information and to book.

It’s a fundraiser too – so you can go home with an extra warm glow that you’ve enjoyed yourself and helped a cutting edge research into stem cell treatment.

Christmas Poetry

If you find words that rhyme bring you joy, then you’ll love the series of Christmas events lined up at poetry hotbed – Keats House. Throughout December there’s a  series of special events with a festive winter theme. Highlights include: Afternoon Poems – Christmas Fun Get into the jolly spirit of Christmas early with a rich variety of festive poems brought to you by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors – taking place from 3 – 4pm on Saturday 12th December.

Whilst on Tuesday 15 December between 6.15pm & 8.30pm A Keatsian Christmas – brings an evening of poetry and games focusing on Christmas festivities during the Romantic period – as enjoyed by Keats, Leigh Hunt and their friends. Both events are free – but booking is recommended. Discover more and the full rundown of events on the Keats House website.

Wherever you go, whatever you’re doing – we hope you have a brilliant run-up to the festive season.

 

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