Feel festive at Tate Modern’s Christmas markets
Do you remember the days when Christmas markets sold mulled wine in decorated mugs, mugs so charming that often the deposit was lost in favour of adding another novelty Christmas mug to your shelf? The Tate Modern’s Christmas markets are unfortunately a paper cup job.
They offer a fairly mundane mini market collection. At the foot of the Tate the markets house only three or four rows of stalls that at best can offer little stocking fillers, and at worst DIY neon festive tack. There are the staple stalls that make up any market, selling stone jewellery on beaded strings, prints of snowy landscapes, snow globes and decorated balls for your trees. In the middle is a fairly impressive bratwurst stand, proudly exhibiting a large Christmas tree on its roof. Aside from this, the decoration is limited to lights adorning the stalls and the river backdrop.
A busy Saturday afternoon on the Southbank had bypassed the markets, which were sparsely populated by a few disinterested parents as their children buzzed around the neon stall fronts.
Sandwiched between the endlessly atmospheric Borough Market and the festively decorated Southbank Centre market, the Tate’s contribution to this year’s festivities pale in comparison and fall between the two.
Perhaps as we fully enter the Christmas month, the Tate markets will step up their game. The addition of some carollers or child friendly decorations would help to create that festive atmosphere that gets people out of their warm homes and onto the chilly streets to revel in Christmas cheer. For now, it’s certainly not the best Christmas market in London and a bit of a disappointment.
Tate Modern’s Christmas market runs Bankside at the Tate Modern until the 23rd December 2015, for more information visit here.