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Your Guide To Christmas 2019 @ Kings Cross St Pancras

🔔 Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way, Oh what fun it is to ride, In a one-horse open sleigh…

Christmas 2019 is around the corner and we decided to share with you a helpful guide for this year’s Christmas at Kings Cross St Pancras including Coal Drops Yard.

Let’s start with the first activity which is quite obvious; Kings Cross – Coal Drops Christmas Tree

This year, shoppers will be encouraged to perform their own rendition of a festive hit in a quick-fire karaoke experience, in order to win the chance to switch on the Christmas lights. Entertainment will also be provided in abundance with carol singing by London Gay Men’s Chorus, and House Gospel Choir, followed by live DJs until late. The evening also kicks off a calendar of festive workshops including piñata making and wrapping paper printing. Each workshop requires a minimum £10 donation to homeless charity, Shelter, who’s Boutique by Shelter charity shop is nestled in Coal Drops Yard.

Northern Brights

Coal Drops Yard has been transformed this year into a fluorescent winter wonderland. It contains colorful flocked trees and multi-colored illuminations inspired by the natural beauty of the Northern Lights. Head here for a totally relaxed festive shopping experience.
If you want to learn everything from tree flocking and wrapping paper printing Coal Drop Yards will provide Workshops for you!

Northern Brights Festive Workshops.

Cool, independent brands such as Kiosk, Twiin, Tom Dixon and Kitchen Provisions will teach you everything from tree flocking and wrapping paper printing to cracker and festive pinata making. You can come and explore the area, learn something new, do more and get into the Christmas spirit all whilst giving back. All proceeds are donated to Shelter. Ticket prices need to be honest of a minimum of £10.
Bauble Marbling at Tom Dixon;
If you are looking for something personalised for your Christmas tree this year, Coal Drops Yard and Tom Dixon invite you to create your own marbled bauble. You can pick colours, swirl the inks and create something unique each time! With a free glass of bubbles on arrival and with up to 6 different creations you’ll be sure to impress your friends and family. You can book this workshop here. Date: Mondays – 18 and 25 Nov and 2 and 9 Dec: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Craker Making at Kitchen Provisions
Coal Drops Yard and Kitchen Provisions invite you to create the essential festive table accessory, the Christmas Craker. Choose from a selection of gifts, cracker patterns, festive jokes or have your family play out a different charade. You can book this workshop here.
Date: Tuesdays – 19 and 26 Nov and 3 Dec: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Pinata Making at Twiin
Hosting the annual Christmas party this year? Learn how to create the perfect party pinata, the festive addition you never knew you needed! Join Coal Drops Yard and Twiin to choose your pinata size, decorative paper and fill the inside with colourful confetti and Christmas sweet treats. All guests will receive a free drink on arrival to really get the creative juices following. Book this workshop here.
Date: Wednesdays – 20 and 27 Nov and 4 Dec: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Festive Wrapping Paper Printing at Kiosk
Add a personal touch to your Christmas gift this year with your very own designed Christmas wrapping paper. Get creative and design the perfect pattern with the help of experts. All guests will be able to print their custom creation using FOS certified or recycled paper. Book this workshop here.
Date: Thursdays – 14 and 28 Nov and 5 Dec: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Christmas Under The Canopy

This year Canopy Market will be open every day in the run-up to Christmas, and each week sees a different theme take over the market. Expect carol singers, live jazz, special events, seasonal master-classes, workshops and tastings, plus all the festive food and unique gifts you can dream of. From unique craft gift ideas to a winter craft beer festival and plus, new this year, get everything you need for the Christmas table at The Market Larder. Buy directly from independent, ethical and sustainable food producers. Think farmhouse British Cheeses, sustainable smoked salmon and prize-winning cockerels from Nathan of the Butchery.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12.00-19.00, Fri 12.00-20.00, Sat & Sun 11.00-18.00
Where & When: 29 Nov – 22 Dec, West Handyside Canopy

Ceramics x Canopy Market

The first weekend of Christmas Under the Canopy kicks off with a craft and ceramics special. Canopy Market will be joined by emerging artists from Made in Arts London and a host of independent ceramicists alongside Thrown, the contemporary North London art gallery.

There will be an incredible range of artists and creators, selling unique and quirky jewellery, beautiful hand-crafted ceramics, modern prints and more.

This is the perfect opportunity to get ahead with original gifts!

Market Opening Hours:
Friday 12.00-20.00
Saturday 11.00-18.00
Sunday 11.00-18.00

London Winter Craft Beer Festival x Canopy Market

Wear your silliest Christmas jumper and get down to the craft beer festival at Canopy Market. Look out for the special range of Christmassy beers and seasonal gifts from your favorite London breweries, as well as crafty products to peruse in the stalls. DJs, entertainment, and all you need to eat, drink and be merry.

Market Opening Hours:
Friday 12.00-20.00
Saturday 11.00-18.00
Sunday 11.00-18.00

Kids Christmas x Canopy Market

Santa’s reindeer are coming to town!  Join Coal Drop Years for an action-packed fun weekend. Make your own illustrated Christmas cards, ceramic baubles and screen-printed advent calendars. Get stuck into badge-making with the Design Museum, learn how to make a natural Christmas wreath, try our hot chocolates with tons of different toppings. Meet a real live reindeer, sing-a-long with our live band playing your favourite Christmas carols and dive into our festive scavenger hunt for free presents! Of course, bring your kids if you have them!

Market Opening Hours:
Friday 12.00-20.00
Saturday 11.00-18.00
Sunday 11.00-18.00

When: 20-22 Dec, West Handyside Canopy

Mexican Christmas Market


Mexican restaurants Casa and Plaza Pastor are hosting a Mexican Christmas Market with artisanal Mexican clothing, accessories, ornaments, and craftworks from independent artists and designers.

This is the perfect opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts and decorations or to enjoy some traditional Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate. If you ever dreamed of traveling to Mexico but didn’t because of the distance, here’s your opportunity.

Mexican duo Las Guadalupes, will be bringing festive cheer with vibrant mariachi songs, plus expect piñatas too to round up the traditional Mexican Christmas festivities.
The stallholders include:

  • Olin – Arts, crafts & Huichol jewelry
  • Cakes Little Miss- Mexican cookies & mini-piñatas
  • Yes Sanchez- Handbags, wallets and purser hand embroidered from Puebla
  • Nahual – Handwoven textiles and accessories
  • Inkas Crafts- Colourful clothing and textiles
  • Oaxacan art: Hand embroidered blouses and dresses
  • Marigold by Moncoco- Mexican Silver and Huichol art jewelry
  • Chalton Gallery- Art by handpicked Mexican artists
  • Sweet Nibble- Traditional Mexican ‘pan dulce’ and cakes
  • Mexican Mamma – Mexican essentials: from the food cupboard to the wrestling ring

Date: Thursday 5th December 2019 – Saturday 7th December 2019

Independent Label and London Brewers Market

Are you into independent labels? Vinyl lovers, rejoice. The Independent Label Market is back at the Yard. You’ll find stalls stacked high with vinyl from the likes of Bella Union, Brainfeed, and Dirty Hit. The market gives some of the most exciting record labels around the chance to sell their freshest sounds directly to the public. Plus there will be beers from London Brewers Market.

Date: Sat 30 Nov, 11-6.30pm, Coal Drops Yard

Botanical Boys Wreath Making

Take time out to sit and craft your very own Christmas wreath at this fun and laidback workshop led by the Hackney-based Botanical Boys. Designed to get you connected to nature, you’ll build your base using moss, fresh cuttings, and dried fruit before adding a touch of sparkle, all while quaffing mince pies and prosecco.  Book this workshop here

Date: 7-8 Dec, 1-4 pm, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard

Jewelry Making with Maya Magal

Each Wednesday until Christmas, cult jewellery makers Maya Magal London will be hosting a wonderful series of workshops for you to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces. Each session has a sustainable twist using recycled metals and repurposed beads.

Date: Wednesdays from 6 Nov – 18 Dec, Coal Drops Yard

STORE Store Christmas Workshops- Candle Making

Designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo introduce you to the craft of traditional beeswax candle making. You’ll make a set of two dipped candles, one hand-twisted candle and six birthday candles all wrapped and stamped with a bespoke wax seal. Book Workshop here

Date: Sat 14 Dec, 2-6 pm, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard

The Drop’s Christmas Market

Coal Drop Yard’s friendly wine bar, The Drop, has rounded up some pals to put on a Christmas Market for lovers of food, drink and entertaining. Find thoughtful presents for the discerning hosts in your life. Expect wines, cheeses, preserves, as well as wine accessories, aprons, glassware, tableware plus a few surprises. More info here.

Date: 13-15 Dec, 12-10pm, Coal Drops Yard

Sleep Easy This Christmas

The creators of sleep spray ‘This Works’ are taking over Coal Drops Yard’s boutique charity shop to offer one-to-one sleep consultations and help you sleep better (and look better) this holiday season. There will be mince pies and other Christmas treats, as well as some fabulous fashion bargains, so be sure to stop by for a rummage.

Date: Sat 7 Dec, Coal Drops Yard

Winsor & Newton Pop Up Store

Calling all budding artists! Head to the Winsor & Newton pop-up store in Coal Drops Yard this Christmas. You can explore, play and create using the newly-launched promarkers and watercolours in all kinds of vivid and metallic shades. Add to the “Live art wall”, learn a new technique from the pros, have your gifts wrapped in one-of-a-kind paper, created live! There are competitions, giveaways and new promotions every day. More info here.

Date: 12-15 Dec, Kiosk, Coal Drops Yard

Cracker Making at Kitchen Provisions

Coal Drops Yard and Kitchen Provisions invite you to create the essential festive table accessory, the Christmas Cracker. Choose from a selection of gifts, cracker patterns, festive jokes or have your family play out a different charade. All workshops are priced at a minimum donation of £10 and proceeds are donated to Shelter.  Book tickets here.

Date: Tuesdays from 19 Nov – 3 Dec, 5.30-7.30pm

SUPERMAX presents: 10 Christmas Crackers

Thursdays and Fridays at SUPERMAX are where it’s at this festive season. Ten nights of non-stop party with the DJs each devoting themselves to a different killer theme. Think 90s jams, house party vibes, R’n’B, hip hop, and nights of unabashed Prince and George Michael worship.
Date: Thursdays & Fridays from 21 Nov- 20 Dec

Christmas at Kings Place

Get into the holiday spirit with a selection of sparkling seasonal shows at Kings Place. Highlights include Bach’s joyous Christmas Oratorio, a performance from the Girls Choir and College Choir of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, a Christmas Folk show, and Robin Ince’s anarchic Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People combining comedy, music, scientific experiments and special guests. Book here
Date: 1-21 Dec, Kings Place

Festive herbs & drinks Masterclass

Learn tips and tricks for growing herbs successfully at home during this Superb Herbs Festive Masterclass. Plant up your own 23cm Big Mumma terracotta herb planter and carry it home in a Superb Herbs tote bag.  While you work, sample some herb-infused festive drinks including a warming lemon balm liqueur, a chocolate-mint syrup and a sage-tini.  You will also receive a 10% off voucher for your next purchase at Superb Herbs. Book this masterclass here
Sat 23 Nov, 1-3pm, Botanical Boys, Coal Drops Yard

Beer + Burger – Grinch Burger

The Christmas-inspired guest burger is back! A juicy turkey patty, loaded with a brussel sprout + roast chestnut pesto, maple bacon and American cheese. It’s Christmas in a bun!

Available from Sun 1 Dec, Beer + Burger Store, York Way

Ruby Violet’s Fancy Festive Pudding Club

Enjoy a freshly baked mince pie & a scoop of Billy’s Brandy ice cream, Cracking Christmas Baked Alaska or Mini Chocolate Fondant pudding with a melting chocolate heart. Indulge in a short and intense hot chocolate, prosecco or a delectable cocktail.
Date: 21 Nov – 31 Dec, Ruby Violet
There you have it, plenty of activities to do during the festive period at Kings Cross / Coal Drops Yard and London Town. If you are staying with us – Central Hotel London – we hope you enjoy this amazing festive period, if you are thinking of booking, do book direct on our website as we always have surprises for you.
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