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Christmas markets in Kent

Max Mannouch
5th November 2021

Warm open fires making a crackling sound, roasted chestnuts being sold by the pound. Christmas trees twinkling oh-so-bright, illuminating this cold dark winter’s night. Festive tales as old as time being shared whilst passing round the mulled wine- It must only mean that Christmas is here so it’s time to spread some yuletide cheer.

From frosty fairs and festive goodies, to whimsical stalls and winter warmers, find it all at Kent's Christmas markets. Visitors and residents will be spoilt for choice with the wide variety of Christmas markets and Christmas days out across the county this season. So follow the trail of this winter’s tale to discover where you can get the most amazing Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Festive Spirits at Penshurst Place Gift Shop


The joyful Christmas spirit is heading to Penshurst Place from 6th November to the 24th of December, bringing wonderful gifts of hampers filled with local produce, freshly-grown mistletoe and beautiful ornaments in the much-loved gift shop.  Embrace the Christmas spirit…

Escape to Canterbury this Christmas

Escape to the historic city of Canterbury dressed in its festive best from 12th November to Christmas Eve. This year it’s bigger and better than ever with more stalls, great events and the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. Santa and his elves will be in town on Friday 30th November and available for pre-booked visits from 30th November until Christmas Eve. Enjoy delicious sweet treats, warming winter drinks and cocktails as well as the opportunity to buy unique gifts. Escape to the city this Christmas…

Christmas at Chartwell

Join everyone at Chartwell, the childhood home of the much beloved Winston Churchill, for their glorious Christmas markets. Open from the 4th December – 19th December to indulge in your favourite festive foods and get the perfect decorations to add a little sparkle to your Christmas tree. Feel the Christmas magic…

Sissinghurst Festive Market

Embrace the Santa in you and kick start your Christmas shopping at Sissinghurst festive market on 27th and 28th November. With a large range of stalls selling delicious local food and drink, crafts and festive gifts, you’re sure to check off items from your wish list. There will be live entertainment throughout the weekend and the market is free to enter and Sissinghurst’s restaurant and shop will be open too. Embrace your inner Santa…

Rochester Christmas Market

Bring the family together and enjoy the magical festivities of Rochester Christmas Market. See the fairy lights draped over traditional German wooden chalets, twinkling at the foot of the 11th century Rochester Castle. Fill the kids’ stockings with wonderful handmade and personalised gifts sold at the market and hear the chimes of the traditional funfair. Or indulge in a delicious hog roast whilst listening to live entertainment on the bandstand. The market is open on the weekends of 27th November – 3rd December, 10th December and 11th -12th December.

Wine Wonder at Hush Heath Estate

Join in the celebration at Hush Heath Estate with Christmas cakes and fizz (their very own sparkling wine, of course) on the 25th of November. Plus with plenty of goodies to be found at the vineyard shop, you'll be able to start ticking off that Christmas present list in a flash. It's wine O'clock...

Folkestone Harbour Arm's First Christmas

The Folkestone Harbour Arm will be hosting it's first Christmas market this year. Every weekend from the 27th of November until Christmas, the Harbour Arm will be beautifully decorated with Christmas decorations, live music, local produce, gifts and Christmas spirits. For more information click here...

A Christmas Weekend at Ightham Mote

Enjoy a homely Christmas celebration at Ightham Mote on 4th December – 5th December.Escape the hustle and bustle of the high street by visiting Ightham Mote's festive mini-market where you can get your loved ones something a little different. Santa will be there to give well-behaved girls and boys a festive gift and children can join in with some Christmas activities too. There will be a choir there too to add some extra Christmas sparkle to the market. There's no place like a stately home...

Christmas in Tenterden

A creative market featuring textiles, gifts, ceramics, perfume, bath products, jewellery and anything you could ask for, this creative artisan market will be on Saturday the 4th of December from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy!


A 10 day Christmas spectacular at Tonbridge Castle, featuring a Christmas market, workshops, Santa’s grotto, Mistletoe town and the Jingle Bell Bar with a bandstand! This Truly will be a magical Christmas, especially as there will be snow every evening… View the timetable here

Herne Bay Christmas Market

Join us in Mortimer Street Herne Bay in the build up to Christmas, for a truly festive, and all Kentish Christmas Market. Supporting Kent based producers and crafters, find unique, handmade gifts and delicious locally made food! Shop local this Christmas from Sunday the 5th of December to Sunday the 19th

Christmas in Faversham

An indoor Christmas market located at the Alexander Centre, in the heart of Faversham, with food, drink, gifts and everything you would want to spend your money on. This Christmas Fair will be on every weekend from the 27th at 10am.

Kentish Christmas in Folkestone

The Kentish Christmas market is coming to Folkestone from Friday the 26th of November to the 18th of December. This new artisan market will feature live music, street food, and produce from local producers. Live music will take place place from 11.45am - 12.45pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm every Friday and Saturday.

The market will be located outside of the Folca building from 10am - 3pm

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