21 fab Christmas Markets
Is it even Christmas if you haven't eaten scalding chestnuts from a chalet hut? Do your festive shopping right this year with these 21 merry markets within Kent and beyond.
It’s Christmaaaaaaaaassss! OK, not quite – but I think we’re allowed to get a leeedle bit excited now. The Christmas parties, carol services and panto are all to come, but hey, November is already seeing the start of the festive fairs and markets across Kent and beyond. Ready to shop? Hell yeah!
Canterbury Christmas Market, until Fri 24 Dec
A colourful array of festively decorated huts, unique indie gifts, eats and treats plus a helter-skelter! Visit Canterbury Christmas Market in Whitefriars Shopping Centre and the lower section of St George’s St. Open Mon to Fri 10-6, Sat 9-6 and Sun 11-4. Enjoy live music at the market every Fri, Sat and Sun afternoons. You can book to see Santa Claws for a truly magical experience for your little ones or Santa Paws (for your four-legged friend, obviously).
Water Lane Christmas Market, Hawkhurst, Fri 3 & Sat 4 Dec
This secret garden is an idyllic rural gem – consisting of walled garden, vinery, Victorian glasshouses and restaurant. Enjoy all the festive feels in this magical setting – when a talented group of creatives, producers and makers will be setting up stalls with their wares. Head over for breakfast or lunch in the Carnation House before choosing a Christmas tree and wreath to take home. Plus shop for beautiful and original gifts including cards, candles, baskets, skin care, mince pies and puddings, charcuterie, gin and cheese. There will be a children’s craft table, hot chocolate and marshmallows and hot chestnut soup and wood fired flatbreads. Open Fri 3 Dec, 12pm – 6pm and Sat 4 Dec, 10am – 4pm.
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, every Sat & Sun until 19 Dec
For a wide selection of food, gifts and crafts – plus plenty of festive carols choirs and feels visit this popular weekly event, open every weekend in the lead up to Christmas. Plus you’ve got all the gorgeous restaurants, bars and indie shops that flank The Pantiles to tempt you too. Open every Sat & Sun ’til Christmas (10am to 4pm) – make a day of it!
Folkestone, Fri 26 Nov – Sat 18 Dec
Support local this Christmas and shop the Kentish Christmas Market coming to Folkestone from Fri 26 Nov til the 18 Dec, 10am – 3pm outside of the Folca building. There will also be live music and entertainment from 11:45 am – 12:45pm and 1:30 – 2:30pm every Friday and Saturday.
Sissinghurst Castle, Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov
Treat yourself to a Christmas shopping spree at Sissinghurst with the ever buzzy festive market. Browse a large range of stalls selling local food, drink, crafts and produce. There will be live entertainment throughout the weekend with local bands playing on Saturday and Sunday. Free entry to the market from 10.30am till 3pm. The restaurant and shop will also be open.
Folkestone Harbour Arm, Sat 27 Nov – Fri 24 Dec
For the first time ever, Folkestone Harbour Arm will become home to a purpose-built Festive Market! Expect lots of wooden huts surrounded by decorated trees and fairy lights – pictured above. Beginning from Sat 27 Nov, running every weekend in the run up to Christmas, including the 23 & 24 of Dec. There will also be a programme of Christmas events including bands, choirs and films plus traders from The Good Yard will be offering the very best of food and drink with a festive twist. More details coming soon…
Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts & Gifts Market, Sun 28 Nov, Sun 5 & Sun 12 Dec
Explore this indoor fair at The Alexander Centre, a beautiful listed building right in the heart of Faversham. Open 10am – 3pm, browse a wide range of stalls from food, drink and gifts!
Yuletide Market, Yalding High St, Sat 4 Dec
Yalding High Street will be alive with street entertainers, festive food, the Farmers’ Market and a variety of stalls run by charities, village organisations and individuals, all helping to create a festive atmosphere (5-8pm). Fantastic, well established, Annual Christmas market. Great shopping, festive entertainment and delicious food. Yalding High Street from 5pm-8pm Saturday 4th December. Grab your friends & family & get in the festive spirit with your community.
The Creative Market, Tenterden, Market Square, Sat 4 Dec
Tenterden Market is the place to pick up gorgeous, locally made gifts and produce, enjoy some festive music and get all your shopping done in one go. Find it in Market Square on Sat 4 Dec, 10am – 4pm!
There’s also tasty food stalls and craft stalls at The Woolpack, Fri 3 Dec open 12-7pm and Sat 4 Dec open 10am-7pm – including a raffle!
Rochester Christmas Market, Every Sat & Sun from Sat 27 Nov til Sun 12 Dec
Set in the picturesque Rochester Castle gardens, browse the stalls for unique gift ideas and unusual stocking fillers. Wander through the Bavarian Village, Craft Fair or visit the funfair. There will also be live performers and live music to keep you entertained. There is even a guaranteed snowfall, all framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle. Rides are £1 every Friday and activities are half price.
Ightham Mote, Ightham, Sat 4 & Sun 5 Dec
Visit Ightham Mote and experience the Christmas-dressed house in all its festive splendour. There will be a mini Christmas market with plenty of goodies from local producers. Plus you can also enjoy a Percy the Park Keeper winter kids trail, as well as many other festivities happening throughout December. Kick start your festive shopping on 4 & 5 Dec with the mini market celebrating local producers. The shop is full of tempting treats too, a perfect place to find that special gift.
Whitstable Castle, Sat 4 & Sun 5 Dec
Enjoy the Christmas gift stalls at Whitstable Castle from handcrafted gifts to one of a kind decorations at this two-day Christmas market. Afterwards take the kids to Santa’s Grotto, try afternoon tea in the Orangery Team Room or a warming cup of mulled wine or mince pie. Open from 10am – 4pm.
Chartwell, Fri 4 – Sun 19 Dec
The childhood home of the much beloved Winston Churchill, Chartwell has a glorious Christmas market this December. Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm. Find that perfect gift for a friend of loved one – even a treat for yourself? They have a beautiful selection of homeware to fashion, food, drinks and plants. Including gorgeous Christmas decorations!
Green Farm, Shadoxhurst, Sun 5 Dec
Join the enchanting Green Farm for an afternoon of gifts, food and family fun at their Christmas Market. The stallholders will be selling sustainable gifts and those made from reclaimed materials. Buy from Team Sikel who make amazing gifts from punctured bicycle inner tubes, A Good Talking To who uses remnants, seconds and repurposed fabrics to create beautiful homewares and Zero Waste on Wheels provides plastic-free refills and a selection of cruelty-free products. Meet Splash and Snowy the donkeys PLUS there’ll be a special appearance by Father Christmas and his trusted elf. Join them from midday to 3pm on Sun 5 Dec.
Herne Bay, Mortimer Street, Sun 5, 12 & 19 Dec
Mortimer Street will come alive in the build up to Christmas for a truly festive, Kentish Christmas Market. Supporting Kent based producers and crafters, it’s your one-stop shop to find unique, handmade gifts and delicious locally made food. 10am – 3pm. Free parking in William Street Car Park.
Castlemas, Tonbridge Castle, Fri 10 – Sun 19 Dec
A fabulously festive, fun-filled event is coming to Tonbridge this December! Open from the 10-19 Dec, open 10am-11pm every day, Castlemas has everything you need for a festive day-out. There will be live performances at The Bandstand, Mistletoe Town where you can shop til your heart’s content with their fabulous range of independent local stalls – not forgetting The Jingle Bell Bar! Watch out for the snow at 6:30pm every day and weekends at 2:30pm!
Penshurst Place, until Fri 24 Dec
From gifts to gift wrap, homeware to decorations, Christmas is heading to Penshurst Place! Their Christmas Gift Shop is a welcome haven away from the bustle of the High Street, providing a quiet and relaxing Christmas Shopping experience. They have a range of wonderful gifts from hampers filled with local produce to homemade wreaths, Christmas Trees and their very own Mistletoe. The Porcupine Pantry will also be providing hot drinks, snacks and festive treats!
Brighton Christmas Festival, Sussex, 26 Nov – 31 Dec
Things are getting rather merry in Brighton and Ho-Ho-Hove, with various locations around the city donning their sparkliest lights and sprouting over 150 festive stalls. Expect live entertainment, a funfair and Santa’s Grotto, and (yeah, baby!) an Après Ski zone, where the adults can enjoy a glass of mulled wine.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, 19 Nov – 3 Jan
Back for its 15th year, Winter Wonderland is more Christmas microcosm than market, but it has that too! Then once you’ve suitably shopped, sampled, and perused, you can head onto the fairground rides, ice sculpting workshops, Santa Land, and ice rink. New for this year is the obligation to book ahead which – fingers crossed – will reduce the mega crowds.
Winter Market, Southbank Centre, until 23 Dec
Wander along the Thames and revel in twinkling lights, indulgent street food, and giftable goodies. Tip: don’t miss the gooey fondue eaten out of transparent snow globes, from Jimmy’s Lodge. Insta-catnip!
Kingston Christmas Market, Kingston-upon-Thames, 18 Nov – 24 Dec
It’s the outskirts of London, but this European-style Christmas market makes Kingston well worth a visit. Thing hog rolls, twinkling lights, a vintage carousel, and gorgeous gifts to buy from Alpine cabins. See you there!