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Christmas markets in Kent: 11 of the best

PUBLISHED: 12:52 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 05 October 2017

Rochester Christmas Market (photo: Steve Smith, Flickr, http://bit.ly/2xiz5cm)

Rochester Christmas Market (photo: Steve Smith, Flickr, http://bit.ly/2xiz5cm)

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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

1. Rochester Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Sunday 10th 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. Check the website for times and dates.

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2. Rochester Dickensian Christmas

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd 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.

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3. Faversham Christmas Lights Night Food Market

Saturday 25th November

Held in tandem with the switching on of the market town’s Christmas lights, Faversham Christmas Lights Night Food Market begins at 6pm after the switch on (taking place at 5pm). Expect a night of local food and drink with a yuletide twist and plenty to see as well with music and dancing.

4. Faversham Christmas Market

Sunday 26th November, Sundays 10th and 17th 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.

5. The Christmas Market at Leeds Castle

Weekends from Saturday 25th November to Sunday 17th 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.

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6. Tenterden Christmas Market

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th 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.

7. Whitefriars Christmas Market, Canterbury

Saturday 25th November to Sunday 24th December

Whitefriars Shopping Centre on Gravel Walk in Canterbury will be hosting an exciting Christmas market to celebrate the yuletide. With over 50 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.

8. Christmas at the Castle and Christmas Food Festival, Whitstable Castle

Sunday 3rd and Sunday 10th December

Whitstable Castle will be putting on festive events throughout the month of December. On the 3rd, 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 10th, the Christmas Food Festival will have seasonal and locally produced Christmas food and drink to make your season feasts that little bit more special.

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9. The Gravesend Frost Fair

Weekends from Saturday 25th November to Sunday 17th December

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.

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10. Sevenoaks Christmas Market

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December

Sevenoaks Christmas Market is back for another year. Expect hot food stands including The Street Pig serving BBQ applewood smoked pork ribs with slaw or halloumi brioche baps to sustain you while exploring the grocery foods stalls, local drinks stands serving mulled spiced cider and other treats. 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.

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11. Chartwell Christmas Market

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th 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.

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