Christmas markets in Kent: 11 of the best
PUBLISHED: 15:22 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:25 06 September 2018
Wandering through a festive market with mulled wine in hand is one of the pleasures of the season, so we have picked some of Kent’s best Christmas markets to do just that
24, 25 & 30 November, 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 December
What could be more festive than a Christmas market in the grounds of the historic Rochester Castle? With a cup of mulled wine in hand, be greeted by the scent of roasting chestnuts as you wander around the stalls selling high quality gifts and maybe sampling some Christmas treats from local producers. There will be a traditional fun fair too! Check the website for times and dates.
1 & 2 December
Visitors to Rochester will feel like they’ve stepped back in time this Christmas at the Dickensian Christmas fair taking place at Rochester Castle during the Christmas Market. In celebration of Charles Dickens’ time spent in Medway (1817 – 1822), this event will see lantern parades, traditional carol singing and plenty of dressed up characters from the writer’s ever popular tales. Expect to see the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge, Miss Havisham and Tiny Tim.
Held in tandem with the switching on of the market town’s Christmas lights, Faversham Christmas Lights Night Food Market begins after the 5pm switch on 6pm and runs until 10pm. Expect a night of local food and drink with a yuletide twist and plenty to see as well with music and dancing.
24 November, 9 & 16 December
The Guildhall will be illuminated with festive lighting along with the rest of the famous market place for three special festive instalments for the Faversham Christmas Market. Local produce, handmade gifts and mulled wine will be in abundance. There will also be live music with a brass band and carollers and even donkeys that are sure to delight the kids.
24 & 25 November, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 December
Leeds Castle’s Christmas market is a must visit. Held on the lawn overlooked by the historic castle, this market is a great option if you are bringing along the kids. With a vintage style fairground and the chance to meet some reindeer and see some falconry too, keep the family happy while checking out the gifts, toys and decorations in the wooden chalets.
23, 24 & 25 November
The streets of Tenterden will be bustling with festive shoppers again this year, with traditional market stalls selling Christmas gifts, decorations and crafts alongside artisan food producers perfect to grab bits for the Christmas Day spread. The lights will be switched on on Friday afternoon, adding to the seasonal atmosphere created by carollers and street entertainment.
16 November – 24 December
Whitefriars Shopping Centre on Gravel Walk in Canterbury will be hosting an exciting Christmas market to celebrate the yuletide. With over 70 German market-style cabins selling everything from gifts and toys to tasty seasonal food and drink, this event is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
Whitstable Castle will be putting on festive events throughout the month of December. On the 2nd, Christmas at the Castle will see stallholders selling wreaths, gifts and a Santa’s grotto that the kids will love. The Orangery Tearooms will have festive treats to indulge in during the day too. On the 9th, the Christmas Food Festival will have seasonal and locally produced Christmas food and drink to make your season feasts that little bit more special.
Gravesend Borough Market, situated next to the River Thames, will be hosting the Gravesend Frost Fair this year with a nod to times when the Thames froze over in Victorian England and ice skaters, stallholders and locals would gather for festive fun. Each weekend will have a different theme including an ice and vintage theme and all things magical theme. Expect stalls packed with gifts, food and lots more.
Sevenoaks Christmas Market is back for another year. Crafts, gifts and decorations will be in abundance for you to find a special present for loved ones. See the website for a full list of stalls.
22 – 25 November
In the courtyard at the former home of Winston Churchill, the Chartwell Christmas Market will be held. With the historic house as a backdrop, this will be a festive occasion that’s perfect to grab a gift and warm up with some food and drink in the covered market.