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Best Christmas Markets in Kent in 2023

It’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas so here is a guide to the 9 best Christmas markets in Kent in 2023. There are plenty of options from Santa’s grottos to food markets and music to enjoy. Most Kent Christmas markets start mid to late November and end on or before Christmas eve. In addition to those that are on over this period there are also some pop-up markets that appear on one off weekends. 

Kent Christmas Markets 2022

Canterbury Christmas Market 2023

Plenty of festive fun to be had at this year’s  Canterbury Christmas market.  Festive music to accompany your wanderings around food, drink and gift stalls. Bring your pooch for “Santa Paws” – ticketed opportunity to meet Father Christmas for your dog and 2 two-legged companions; or take a VR trip to Lapland.  Also a toy workshop and Santa’s letterbox to make sure he receives everyone’s Christmas gift wishes on tme. 

Dates: 10th November – 24th December 2023

Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 9am- 6pm

Sunday 11am – 4pm  

Closing on Christmas Eve at 4pm. 

Free entry but activities are ticketed and charged.  Book early!

Canterbury Christmas Market 2023

Broadditch Authentic Christmas Market

Located near Gravesend, Broadditch Farm shop offers something a little different with over 60 carefully chosen stalls presenting specialist food and drink, unique gifts, artwork, decorations and much more. You can enjoy hot food and hot (or cold) drinks while being entertained by local singers and there’ll even be an appearance by Farmer Christmas!

Dates: Friday 17th November 3pm – 9pm

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November 9am – 5pm

Free entry, parking £2 per car. 

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Folkstone Festive Marketplace

Put away the surfboards and beach towels and don your winter coats as you explore the Folkestone Festive Market on the harbour. Bigger than ever this year with more stalls, more live music, more gifts to choose from, and food and drink to get you in the festive mood.  

Dates: Every weekend from 17th November – 24 December 2023

11am – 6pm, free to enjoy

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Christmas at Chartwell

Themed “Chartwell’s Storybook Christmas” this year,  visitors are invited to explore the favourite childhood books of Winston Churchill’s daughter, Mary Soames.  Enjoy the beautiful house decorated for a 1930s family christmas and venture into the walled garden to meet characters from classic childrens books.  In addition to lit-up grounds and a Christmassy house they also run a Christmas Fair in mid November with a range of stalls to enjoy.

Dates: 25th November – 23rd December 2023

House is open from 12 – 3pm daily;  trails and gardens open until 4pm. 

National Trust propoerty, no need to book.  Parking £4 per car. 

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Rochester Christmas Market

Set in the beautiful and spectacular Rochester Castle gardens, the Rochester Christmas market has something for everyone.  From finding that special gift to an array of stocking fillers.  Accompanied by festive music, and food and drink.  This year there’s a brand new “Children’s Christmas Village” – for the under 11s to hear Christmas stories from Mrs Claus,  craft their own decorations, and decorate a festive treat to take home. 

Dates: 3 consecutive weekends: 

25/26 November 10am – 6pm

Friday 1 December 12 noon – 8pm: 2/3 December 10am – 7pm 

8th December 12 noon – 8pm: 9/10 December 10am – 6pm 

Entry Free.  Children’s Christmas Village £10 per child (aged 4- 11). 

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Sissinghurst Festive Market

Be quick! The Sissington Festive Market is only here for one weekend! Rest assured though that you’ll be able to enjoy delicious local food and drink, as well as fill your Christmas stockings with crafts, decorations and gifts.

Dates: 25th – 26th November 2023

10am-3pm, entry to National Trust Castle Gardens

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Faversham Christmas Market

A wonderful opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit with this annual event in Faversham.  Last minute shopping for that special gift or stocking filler all locally made, along with delicious local produce to keep you going while you shop. 

Dates: 9th – 10th December 2023  9am – 3pm. 

Free

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Christmas At Whitstable Castle

Mince pies, mulled wine, over 60 Christmas stalls inside and outside the Castle, along with Santa’s Grotto – it can only mean that Whitstable Christmas Fair is here again in 2023

Dates: 2nd – 3rd December 2023  10am – 4pm. 

Entry Free. 

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Dreamland Margate Christmas Fair

Whimsical fun and magical moments for all the family at Dreamland Margate.  Selected rides, family friendly performances,  an array of market stalls; and Santa’s snow mobile and sleigh rides. 

Dates: 15 December to 22 December  11am – 6pm

Entry: free with ticketed activities

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