Festival of Markets
Downtown London, in collaboration with the London Community Recovery Network, Dundas Place, and the City of London, is thrilled to announce the Festival of Markets. Taking place every weekend from November 25th to December 19th, with an additional event on December 23th, the Festival of Markets is a collaborative event series that aims to bring a true holiday season ambiance to London.
During the festival, Dundas Place between Ridout Street and Talbot Street will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate 12 shipping container units. This block of Dundas Place will remain open for residents and visitors to visit and walk or bike through. The container units will be used by a diverse offering of different vendors, and the street will be programmed with large-scale art installations, projections, and live music.
The event schedule is as follows:
Festival of Markets presents IndigenART
Curated Indigenous vendors, food, art, and music. You can expect to find clothing, beading, zines, ceramics, and health and wellness products.
Friday November 26 from 5-10pm
Saturday November 27 from 11am-9pm
Sunday November 28 from 12-4pm
Festival of Markets presents A Very Vintage Xmas
Curated vintage vendors, art installations, and music. You can expect to find clothing, housewares, decor, and jewellery. There will also be a retro bus on site for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.
Friday December 3 from 5-10pm
Saturday December 4 from 11am-9pm
Sunday December 5 from 12-4pm
Festival of Markets presents PopART
Curated pop art vendors, art galleries, and music. You can expect to find beautiful illustrations on display, comic books, collectables, illustrations, and clothing.
Friday December 10 from 5-10pm
Saturday December 11 from 11am-9pm
Sunday December 12 from 12-4pm
Festival of Markets presents Afrik
Curated African vendors, food, and music. You can expect to find handmade items, pieces of art, and jewellery.
Friday December 17 from 5-10pm
Saturday December 18 from 11am-9pm
Sunday December 19 from 12-4pm
Festival of Markets presents Last Minute London
Curated local handmakers, art, and music. You can expect to find handmade clothing, jewellery, decor, and unique gifts.
Thursday December 23 from 10am-5pm
All public health and COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly followed. As this is a fully outdoor event, masks are recommended when interacting with others and will be made available at the entry points. Hand sanitizer will be provided at various stations throughout the market. All vendors participating in the Festival of Markets are fully vaccinated.
Hot Tickets! Hot Drinks!
Planning to be out exploring downtown after the Lighting of the Lights?
To kick of the holiday season many downtown businesses are offering a free hot beverage and a pair of tickets to the Home for the Holidays show at the Grand Theatre.
Participating businesses include: Black Walnut Bakery Cafe, SAGA Board Games & Coffee, The Tea Haus, and Market Cafe.
Window Display Contest
Downtown businesses are ready for the holidays!
Beautiful, winter themed window displays are popping up on every corner.
To add a little bit of spice, we have created a contest for the best display! Follow the link below to vote for your favourite.
In true holiday fashion, carollers will be roaming the streets of downtown London!
While you are out and about make sure to keep an eye out for these festive performances along King, Talbot, and Richmond streets during the below times:
Saturday November 27th 3-5pm on Richmond Street
Friday December 3rd 6-8pm on King & Talbot Streets
Saturday December 4th 12-2pm at Black Walnut Cafe
Friday December 10th 6-8pm on Richmond Street
Saturday December 11th 12-2pm at Black Walnut Cafe
Saturday December 18th 12-2pm at Black Walnut Cafe
Friday December 31st 2-4pm on King & Talbot Street
Holiday Scavenger Hunt
It is time to get festive this winter with this London-themed Holiday Scavenger hunt, celebrating all cultures and religions.
The first 40 winners will receive $100 downtown dollars! Game details below.
Downtown Dollar Gift Cards are 25% off!
Gift Cards are on sale for 25% off now until December 17th using promo code HOLIDAYS25! until supplies last.
These cards can be used at approximately 100 downtown businesses and never expire. Perfect for the hard to shop for person in your life or as a corporate gift!
Follow the link before to purchase before they are gone.
Where do I park?
There are a number of parking options available downtown...for cars and bikes!
Follow the link below to find parking options in the downtown.
HOT TIP: For 2 hours of free parking use the promo code CORE in the Honk Mobile App.