Monday 8 October 2018


The Best Christmas Fairs in London + Ticket Giveaway

It may sound a bit early to start mentioning Christmas but I can't help it guys, I just love the season of joy so much. And with the first festive fair starting at the end of the month – the time has come for me to start planning which seasonal outings I'll be adding to my diary this year, which is a huge part of the fun in the lead up to 25 December. The first event to hit London calendars is the Spirit of Christmas Fair in Olympia and not only am I rounding up my favourite fairs to hit up this year I also I have an opportunity for one lucky reader to win two free tickets to the first one of the season!

Spirit of Christmas Fair

This wonderful fair is always the first one to hit our calendars and this year is no exception. Taking place from 29 October until 4 November at Olympia London (nearest overground station: Kensington Olympia, nearest tube station: Baron's Court), Spirit of Christmas Fair, is one of the bigger events and it's a fantastic one to start the season with. The only thing I always have to be careful of is that I don't do all of my Christmas shopping at once here as there are plenty of other opportunities before 25 December (but oh my, the temptation!). At the seasonal shopping event you'll find a collection of independent boutiques and designer-makers with over 825 to choose from. Favourites will be returning as well as 200 brand new arrivals. I'm also a big fan of their winter workshops and food hall. And, bonus, with your ticket you can also pop into the Luxury Travel Fair and the Winter Art and Antiques Fair next door for free! An adult ticket to the Spirit of Christmas Fair starts at £20.50 for one day or £28 for unlimited entry. You can buy tickets here.

I have a competition to win tickets at the end of this post so make sure you read on!

Country Living Christmas Fair

The next festive event on the calendar is the Country Living Christmas Fair, running from 7 to 11 November. Not as big as its peers, as it's being held at the Business Design Centre in Islington (nearest tube station: Angel), it's still packed to the brim with amazing gift exhibitors, food stalls and workshops. I've been going to this one for years and it's one of my absolute favourites (obviously, it's included in this post after all!). They definitely get the Country Living brand feel across with their choice of small business exhibitors who really get that cosy atmosphere the brand evokes. This year I'm particularly looking forward to workshops on Handmade Christmas Decorations with Caroline Cox, Advent Candle Table Decorations with Sara Ward and making a Hand-Stamped Winter Tote Bag with Yve Grady-Crewes. Adult tickets start from £15 and can be bought here.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Last but certainly not least is arguable the biggest fair of them all this season: the festively themed Ideal Home Show one. It also sets up shop in Olympia London but this time around from 21 until 25 November, so cutting it quite close to Christmas. This is kind of perfect though, as it is absolutely packed with lots of foodie related exhibitors and so is perfect to pick up some last-minute essentials for your own seasonal spread. This fair isn't quite as cosy as the others in this post but what it lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up for in sheer size and with some other cool features a well. For example there are musical performances on the band stand, delicious restaurants on site, and lots of great talks. Tickets start at £13 for adults and can be bought from the official website here.

* * * Win tickets to the Spirit of Christmas Fair * * *

I'm so so excited to have teamed up with the Spirit of Christmas Fair this year to give one lucky reader a pair of free tickets. I've been going to this festive event for years and I'm always telling people to check it out and now one of you guys can, completely for free, whoop! To enter just follow me on Twitter and retweet the Tweet linked to below. Please note: travel to the fair is not included, so make sure you can make it to London on one of the fair dates if you enter. You have until midnight on Friday 19 October to participate after which a winner be randomly selected and contacted via private message on Twitter (so make sure you follow me so I can DM you if you've won!).

🎵 Listening to: Heathers the Musical – Seventeen

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