Enjoy a fun day of shopping or two at some of these great fairs, bazaars, charity events and Christmas markets in Kent.
Chartwell Christmas Market
Friday 25 November to Sunday 27 November 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
This popular market returns to kick start your Christmas shopping and gives you the opportunity to find that perfect gift for friends and family.This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
Tenterden Christmas Fayre
Friday 25 November (12.00pm-9.00pm), Saturday 26 November (9.00am-7.00pm) and Sunday 27 November (10.00am-5.00pm) 2016
High Street, Tenterden, Kent
There’ll be street entertainment and live music along with – Santa’s grotto, fairground rides, carol singers and community initiatives added to the mix to compliment one of Kent’s best destinations for independent retail shops.
Strode Park Christmas Fair
Saturday 26 November 2016, 10.30am-1.30pm
Theatre in the Park, Strode Park, Herne, Herne Bay, CT6 7NE
Santa in his Grotto, crafts, books, gifts and much more. There will also be a bbq running during the event and mulled wine being served from the Theatre bar. Free entry!
Christmas Lights Night Food Market
Saturday 26 November 2016, 5.00pm-10.00pm
Faversham Town Centre, Market Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AG
To celebrate the switch on of the Faversham Christmas Lights at 5.00pm. Night food and drink market, festoon lighting, entertainment and music from 6.00pm.
Sandwich Christmas Lights Switch On and Market
Saturday 26 November 2016, from 10.00am
Sandwich Town Centre
Festive stalls, music, street entertainment and lots of food and drink. A lantern-lit parade around the town in early evening and the Grand Christmas lights switch on at 7pm. Stalls will be on the Guildhall Forecourt and inside the Guildhall itself from 10.00am. The outdoor programme starts at 3.00pm.
Rochester Christmas Market
Saturday 26 November to Sunday 11 December 2016, 11.00am-6.00pm
Castle Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SW
Set in the picturesque castle gardens, you’ll find a great mix of stalls to help find those unique and quirky Christmas gifts as well as festive entertainment, food and drink. Free entry.
Faversham Christmas Markets
Sunday 27 November 2016
Faversham Town Centre, Market Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AG
Our historic Market Place with it’s beautiful Guildhall is packed full of stalls selling handmade gifts, toys, clothes, jewellery, crafts and pottery, local produce, food and drink. With brass bands, music and carol singing and donkeys, there is something for everyone.
Canterbury Christmas Market
Sunday 27th November 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
The Chiesman Pavilion, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury
The Canterbury Christmas Market returns for 2016. Featuring craft stalls, homemade produce, games, gifts, hot and cold refreshments, live music, children’s activities, Santa’s Grotto and lots more! Our famous Grand Draw will also be taking place, so make sure to buy some tickets to be in with a chance of winning lots of fantastic prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!
Whitefriars Christmas Market & Santa’s Grotto
Saturday 26 November to Saturday 24 December 2016, Mon-Sat 10.00am-6.00pm (later 21/22/23) and Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm
Canterbury, CT1 2TF
This year’s Whitefriars Christmas Market features over 40 colourful cabins selling seasonal produce, gifts, decorations, and food and drink, in addition to our 60+ top brand stores. This year includes a new food court, so you can all enjoy your choice of scrummy Christmas goodies together. Santa’s Grotto will be open from 3 December until 24 December, from 11am to 4pm Sunday to Friday and 10.30am to 5pm Saturdays (closed 5/6/12/13 December). Admission to grotto is £4 per child.
Dickensian Christmas Festival
Saturday 3 December and Sunday 4 December 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Boley Hill, Rochester Castle Gardens and the High Street, Rochester, ME11SW
Uncover a feast of Victorian delights with familiar fictional characters, parades, carols, stalls, reindeer and lots of festive shopping. All this with a guaranteed snowfall, framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle.
The Christmas Market at Leeds Castle
3/4, 10/11, 17/18 and 23/24 December 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL
Discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink and meet the reindeer and our birds of prey. In the centre of the market, enjoy the nostalgic fairground attractions, children’s rides and a daily programme of live musical entertainment. Take a ride on the Victorian carousel and the high flying ‘chair-o-planes’ or take a leisurely trip on the big wheel for a spectacular view of the Castle. Small additional charges apply for the rides. Usually admission charge to Leeds Castle applies.
Christmas at the Castle
Sunday 4 December 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Whitstable Castle and Gardens, Tower Hill, Whitstable, CT5 2BW
Join us for a traditional Christmas Fair both inside and outside of our beautiful castle. Stalls will be selling Christmas trees, holly wreaths, gifts, mulled wine and more.
Tankerton Christmas Market
Sunday 4 December 2016, 10.30am-4.00pm
Whitstable Junior School, Oxford St, Whitstable, CT5 1DB
There will be stalls inside the school hall & outside near the front door to the school. Amongst the stalls booked are Whitstable Twinning Association with their gluhwein & stollen; Utility Warehouse; Ceramics; children’s character clothing & goodies; Face painting will be in the school library. Also available will be seasonal hot & cold food & drinks.
Sevenoaks Christmas Market
Friday 9 December (10.00am-7.00pm), Saturday 10 December (9.00am-7.00pm) and Sunday 11 December (10.00am-6.00pm) 2016
Vine Gardens, Dartford Road, Sevenoaks, Kent
This Christmas Market in Sevenoaks on The Vine will provide the best of festive backdrops with Santa’s grotto, stage and festive tavern featuring togther with stalls selling seasonal products and gifts. Live music, street entertainment and chidrens’ entertainment will feature throughout the 3 days with festive bar and a range of seasonal hot foods to add to the festive spirit. Entry is free.
Christmas Special Tunbridge Wells Farmer’s Market
Thursday 22 December 2016, 9.00am-2.00pm
Civic Way, Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS
The town’s twinkling Christmas lights will add atmosphere to the market, while a number of craft stalls including Romney Wool and hand woven baskets will offer great last minute Christmas gift ideas. Our Town Mayor will be drawing a winning ticket for a raffle prize made up of food and drink kindly donated by our brilliant stallholders. Carol singers, Christmas Tree sale and festive foods.