Make Hackney Sparkle: Christmas markets & shopping

From Stoke Newington to Shoreditch, shop local for all your festive needs

HACKNEY'S spoilt for choice when it comes to markets and independent stores, so why not take advantage of the borough's unique shopping opportunities when searching for the perfect Christmas gift ... or a desperate last minute one.

There is a host of Christmas markets, late night shopping events, street festivals, and carol singing on offer, plus numerous appearances by a very busy Santa, sure to delight/terrify youngsters (delete as appropriate).

So if the idea of braving the Oxford Street crush this December gives you the fear, shun the West (End) and stay East instead. Here's our run down of some of this year's Make Hackney Sparkle highlights to give you a head start:

Stoke Newington Late Night Shopping

Free. Until 8pm, Wed 2, 9, 16 & 23 December

Stoke Newington’s shops are opening late for Christmas and look out for special offers to celebrate the festive season. Make an evening of it and visit one of the area’s popular pubs, bars or restaurants.

Shoreditch Christmas Triangle

Free. 5-9pm, Thurs 3, 10 & 17 December

Every Thursday in December, there will be late night openings with music, mulled wine and special discounts as well as Christmas workshops and events featuring local designers, shops, studios, galleries, cafes, restaurants and pop-up events.

Hoxton Square & Clissold House Christmas Markets

Free. Various times, Fri 4 - Sun 6 December & Fri 18 - Sun 20 December

Stalls at Hoxton Square and Clissold House Christmas markets will sell a range of hot food, mulled wine, spiced cider, Christmas gifts, crafts, stocking fillers and festive foods. There will also be a live music stage at each market and Santa’s grotto on Sundays. Free parking will be available on the roads and streets beside the market on 19 December.

Growing Communities Farmers’ Market

Free. 10am-2.30pm, Sat 5, 12 & 19 December

Buy everything you need for the perfect organic Christmas feast at this Stoke Newington Market (pictured below) in the grounds of St Paul’s Church. Farmers and producers will be selling turkeys, geese, sprouts, spuds and parsnips; award-winning cheeses; fresh fish; wild mushrooms; pies and delicious cakes. There will also be plenty of foodie gifts, such as hand-made chocolates, chutneys and preserves, Hackney honey, beauty products and more.

Christmas on Broadway Market

Free entry. 9am-4pm, Sat 5, 12 & 19 & Thurs 24 December

Broadway Market’s Saturday market offers high quality fresh produce, with a special Christmas Eve market for last minute shoppers. The street is also packed with great places to eat and drink, with many shops and restaurants offering discounts. Plus there’s late night shopping until 9pm every Wednesday on 2, 9, 16 and 23 December, with free parking on Saturdays.

Chatsworth Road Christmas Markets

Free entry. 11am-4pm, Sun 6, 13 & 20 December

Beautiful handmade gifts and unique crafts can be found in abundance at Chatsworth Road’s popular local market and surrounding shops. Also pick up food supplies from a range of specialist traders and enjoy tasty festive treats. Traffic will be closed to a street festival featuring a dog show and a visit from Santa on 13 December, plus late night shopping opportunities on 10 & 17 December and no parking restrictions on Sundays.

Christmas Book Market

Free. 12noon-5pm, Sun 6 & 13 December

In addition to the regular Netil House Saturday market in London Fields, there will be a Christmas-y book market with Bookwood Book Fair on two Sundays in December.

Hackney Flea-Mas Market

Free. 11am-6pm, Sat 12 & Sun 13 December

festive vintage market specialising in one-of-a-kind and handmade items. Plus carols and a cafe selling mulled wine and cakes at Abney Hall, Stoke Newington.

Stoke Newington Town Hall Christmas Market

Free. 11am-7pm, Sat 12 & Sun 13 December

This traditional indoor market at Stoke Newington Town Hall will play host to a range of retailers offering exquisite gifts, as well as stocking fillers for the kids. Visitors can also enjoy mulled wine and mince pies.

Christmas Market at The Russet

Free. 11am-4pm, Sat 12 & 19 December

Artists, crafters, bakers, food producers, jewellers, face-painters, carol singers and more come together for a Christmas market running over two afternoons of seasonal merriment at The Russet, Dalston.

Christmas on Ridley Road Market

Free entry. 12noon-4pm, Sat 12 December

Steel pans will be beating out traditional Christmas songs at this bustling market, Santa will also make an appearance. Free parking will be available on the roads and streets beside the markets on 19 & 24 December.

Well Street Market Winter Festival

Free entry. 11am-5pm, Sat 12 December

A winter festival is coming to Well Street Market (pictured above). The road will be closed to traffic and there will be live music, free children’s activities and market stalls, plus an appearance from local radio & TV personality George Lamb who is MC for the day. Traders will be selling a mix of food and drink, fresh produce, as well as beautifully designed goods from local designer/makers.

Hoxton Street Market Christmas Knees-up

Free entry. 11am-12noon, Sat 12 December

Alongside traditional and festive stalls, choirs from Shoreditch churches will fill Hoxton Street Market with Christmas carols.