Indulge and feel festive at the Christmas Markets on offer in Kent. Getting in the Christmas spirit means opting to visit as many Christmas markets as you can and Kent is teeming with lots of festive offerings for you to enjoy. Our own Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat is the ideal place to base yourself while exploring the region during this festive time of year. Read below for our top picks of the Christmas markets in the local area…
Canterbury christmas market
Where: Whitefriars Sq, CT1 2TF / When: 16th Nov – 24th Dec / Times: 10am – 5pm
With over 70 huts and nearly 100 businesses to browse during the Canterbury Christmas Market, you will get into the festive spirit while seeing a wonderful range of colourful handmade gifts and beautiful decorations. Every weekend there will be a host of live music to enjoy, wonderful children’s character walkabouts and free craft and art activities for the little ones to get stuck into! Father Christmas will arrive in Canterbury on November 30th, setting up his Grotto ready for you all to visit him in his brand new cabin on 1st December! A wonderful fair to get you in the Christmas spirit and enjoy the many craft stalls, food, drink and festive gifts on offer.
christmas at Leeds castle
Where: Leeds Castle, ME17 1PL / When: 24th & 25th Nov, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th Dec
This annual Christmas market is a must visit for all in the local region, only a 30 minute drive from our own Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat, you will not be disappointed by the castle or the festive offerings. The market is held on the lawn, overlooking the picturesque castle, and will be hosting a wide range of businesses in the traditional wooden chalets, including delicious food and drink on offer, to handmade gifts and crafts helping you to find that perfect gift. There will also be a vintage family fun fair with rides children of all ages can enjoy, as well as the chance to see some falconry shows and meet the beautiful birds, and being able to meet real-life reindeer! Fun for the whole family at this Kent Christmas market.
christmas at Whitstable castle
Where: Whitestable, CT5 2BW / When: December
The beautiful castle will be hosting a variety of festive events throughout the month of December, the stallholders will be selling beautiful festive wreaths, wonderful handmade gifts and a fabulous Santa’s grotto, with The Orangery Tearooms joining with festive treats to enjoy too. Visit on the 9th December for the delicious Food Festival, which will be serving beautiful seasonal and locally produced food and drink to enjoy, with plenty for you to purchase to add to your very own festive feast at home. Visit throughout the month for a wonderful festive feel this year.
Faversham christmas market
Where: The Guildhall, ME13 7AG / When: 24th Nov, 9th & 16th Dec
The annual Christmas Market has become a popular event with all in the local area, from visitors to residents, as it’s a one-stop-shop for all things festive! The Guildhall itself will be illuminated, as well as the marketplace, adding to the Christmas atmosphere and getting you in the Christmas spirit, the market will be hosting an endless number of stalls ranging from beautiful handmade gifts, wondrous toys, one-of-a-kind clothing and stunning jewellery. There will also be plenty of crafts, food and drink to enjoy during your shopping trip, with live music from charming carol singers and a brass band, there really will be something for everyone at these Kent Christmas Markets.
So what are you waiting for? Head down to Kent and book a stay at our Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat in November or December to surround yourself in Christmas cheer!