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10 Christmas Markets to Visit in Kent


It’s that magical time of year – streets across the county are lined with snow-coated wooden huts offering festive treats, unique decorations and mulled wine. From family-friendly events complete with music and fairground rides to traditional markets promoting local produce, we’ve rounded up our top 10 picks of Christmas Markets to enjoy in Kent this season!

1) Rochester Christmas Market

Set in the picturesque gardens of Rochester Castle, this annual Christmas Market is always a hit with locals and visitors alike. With a selection of festive food and drink stalls offering delicious treats, unique Christmas gifts, decorations and fairground rides, there��s something for the whole family to enjoy. 

Plus, if you visit Rochester on 7 and 8 December, you can step back in time at the popular Dickensian Festival!

When? Weekends and select dates until Saturday 15 December. Generally open from 10am – 6pm; check the full list of opening times here.

Prices: Free, small charge applies for rides and activities. 

2) Leeds Castle Christmas Market

Enjoy a selection of seasonal gifts, decorations, toys and festive food and drink from stalls overlooking the spectacular Leeds Castle. In the centre of the market you can find fantastic fairground rides for small and big kids alike! 

When? Weekends until 15 December. Grounds open 10am – 5pm (last entry 3pm).

Prices: Included with the price of admission. Small fees apply to fairground rides.

3) Folkestone Christmas Market

New for 2019, the Folkestone Christmas Market will offer a wonderful selection of gifts, decorations and food and drink. With live entertainment, a golden ticket hunt, arts and crafts and wooden cabins, the market is bound to get you in the Christmas spirit! 

When? Open every day until 22 December. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 10am-5pm. 

Prices: Free entry.

4) Canterbury Christmas Market

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful city of Canterbury, the 2019 Christmas Market promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more market stalls, events and Santa’s Christmas Grotto.

When? Runs until 3pm Christmas Eve. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 10am-5pm.

Prices: Free entry.

5) Traditional Christmas Market Fremlin Walk, Maidstone

The Fremlin Walk Christmas Market is back! Enjoy a festive spin on your shopping trips this season as you browse gifts and delicious food on offer in wooden Christmas huts dotted in between shops.

When? On now until Tuesday 2 January.

Prices: Free entry.

6) Gravesend Christmas Market

The popular traditional Gravesend Christmas Market is bound to delight this year! With photo opportunities with Santa’s sleigh, Elf Selfie Boards and a free Magical Christmas Experience along with stalls and crafts, there’s plenty of festive fun to enjoy.

When? Saturdays 30 November, 7 December and 14 December between 10am-4pm.

Prices: Free entry (including the Magical Christmas Experience).

7) Faversham Christmas Market

Pick up some beautiful locally made gifts and produce at the Faversham Christmas Market! Along with music, mulled wine and carol singing, there’s plenty of Christmas spirit in the historic town centre of Faversham.

When? Saturdays 8, 15 and 22 December 10am-4pm.

Prices: Free entry.

8) Sheerness Christmas Market

Head over to the Sheerness Christmas market to enjoy the Christmas light switch-on and lantern parade! The Christmas market will start from 10am with stalls, crafts and entertainment. 

When? Saturday 30 Nov 10am-5pm.

Prices: Free entry.

9) Ightham Mote Christmas Mini-Market

Experience a Christmas Market with a difference at Ightham Mote this year! Throughout the weekend there will be a mini-market in the stunning National Trust house with local producer stalls. Plus, Father Christmas will be visiting from 11am-2.30pm!

When? Saturday 30 Nov – Sunday 1 December 10am-4pm.

Prices: Adults £9.50, Children £4.75. Full price list here.

10) Winterland Margate, Dreamland

Escape to a seaside Winterland this Christmas at Dreamland. With a stunning fairy light walk, winter market stalls, crafts, free festive film screenings, plus a selection of seasonal rides running in the park, this a Christmas Market you won’t forget!

When? 7, 8, 14, 15 December, then daily 21 – 31 December. Open 12 noon-6pm and 12 noon-4pm Christmas Eve (closed Christmas Day). 

Prices: Wristbands can be purchased online, find prices here.

Fancy getting creative and making your own Christmas crafts this year? Take a look at these 3 Handmade Chocolate Christmas Gift ideas.

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