Hats and scarves out for festive market

Published: 17th November 2014

Hats and scarves out for festive market

The hats and scarves were out in full force this weekend at London's Southbank as the Christmas market rolled into town.

The first weekend of the Southbank Centre's popular winter festival brought out the crowds.

Most of them were wrapped up warm in fashionable Heat Holders hats or chequered scarves to ward off the worse the run-up to winter had to throw at them.

The festival, which kicked off last Tuesday, offers visitors a 50-stall market of wooden chalets comprising everything from sheepskin rugs to Christmas wreaths, from gingerbread to local mead.

Mulled wine and other festive refreshments are on offer inside an 18-metre Christmas tree, while a festive train ferries visitors to the Festival Pier from Hungerford Bridge.

Five giant rabbits are glowing from 10am to 11pm daily. The seven-metre high illuminated bunnies come courtesy of Amanda Parer, an Australian artist.

And if all this isn't enough, you can lose yourself in a maze of 300 Black Forest trees. The German blue spruces provide the perfect labyrinth and children will get a little prize at the end.

The festival runs until January 4 and is open from 10am to 10pm daily, apart from the rabbits.

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