Best Christmas Markets Near You 2021
Whether you’re an eager elf and already have your tree up with presents wrapped or you are looking for a festive push into the Christmas Spirit, we have a list of the local Christmas Markets to get you feeling merry and bright. Find out what festive fun awaits you in Kent, Essex, Hampshire and Sussex!
Folkestone Harbour Arm Festive Market 2021
Where: Harbour Approach Rd, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1QH
When: Open on weekends between Saturday 27th November- Sunday 19th December & Thursday 23rd December-Friday 24th December 2021
Jingle those bells in a round-of-applause as Folkestone Harbour Arm is putting on their FIRST Christmas Market! Look out for the rustic wooden huts which will have local and small business sellers offering their unique and quirky products! If all that shopping has made you hungry, you can expect seasonal food and drink on offer and cheerful Christmas music to fully immerse you into the celebrations!
For more information, head to www.folkestoneharbourarm.co.uk/about/folkestone-marketplace/
Where: Whitefriars Shopping Centre, CT1 2TF and lower St George’s Street
When: Friday 12th November- Friday 24th December
In the heart of the cobbled streets of Canterbury, the festive cheer has already begun with their Christmas market, fit with food, a helter-skelter and stalls filled with artisan gifts! This market is fun for the whole family as there are plenty of opportunities to grab a mulled wine for the adults… and a chance to meet Santa Paws & Claus for the little ones, and yes, we do mean your fur babies too!
For more information, head to https://canterburychristmasmarket.co.uk/
Rochester Christmas Market
Where: Rochester Castle Gardens, Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW
When: Saturday 27th November- Sunday 12th December 2021
Transport yourself back in time as Medway’s Merry Christmas Market and Dickensian Festival are making a return to the magical Rochester Castle Gardens! Fill your snow boots with a variety of unique gifts, a traditional Bavarian food village and a frolic on the affordable funfair rides which are priced at just £1! Travel to Medway for a mulled wine on these dates for the popular market:
- Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 November, from 10am to 6pm
- Friday, 3 December from 12pm (noon) until 8pm
- Saturday and Sunday, 4 and 5 December, from 10am until 7pm
- Friday, 10 December from 12pm (noon) until 8pm
- Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 December, from 10am until 6pm
For more information, head to https://www.visitmedway.org/events/rochester-christmas-market-2021-74939/
Where: Tonbridge Castle, TN9 1BG
When: Friday 10th– Sunday 19th December 2021
‘Tis the season of love and cheer, so let’s celebrate the local area and appreciate the magic on our doorsteps by #shoppinglocal this Christmas! Curated by the TN Card, ‘Mistletoe Town’ is a free to enter Christmas market set in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle and lined with beautiful wooden chalets where you will find treasure from independent sellers! Indulge in food, drink from the Jingle Bell Bar and a sing-along to Christmas Classics.
There are also ticketed events on offer, such as live entertainment in the Igloo Theatre (a 300-seat, heated space), a chance to meet the big man himself in Santa’s Grotto or try your own hand at Christmas crafts with the workshops run by local makers!
For more information, head to https://castlemas.com/
Where: Woodham Rd, Battlesbridge SS11 7QU
When: Thursday 16th September – Thursday 23rd December 2021
This German-inspired market has over 30 stalls selling yuletide goodies, from Christmas ornaments to woollen hats! Meadow Croft wanted to make its visitors feel as if they had stepped foot into an authentic German town by sourcing products from Europe. You can also enjoy refreshments of German beers and bratwurst sausages!
For more information, head to https://www.meadow-croft.co.uk/events/german-market
Essex Christmas Wonderland
Where: Garon Park, Southend, SS2 4FA
When: 10th December 2021- 2nd January 2022
Jingle all the way to Essex for this Christmas Spectacular! There is something for everyone at this wonderful market with log cabins selling Christmas products, delicious street food, fairground rides and a Santa experience too. And if that is not enough, there is a real ice rink for you to show off your moves with family, friends or on a dreamy date!
For more information, head to https://www.essexchristmaswonderland.co.uk/ice-skating
Gunwharf Quays Christmas Village
Where: Gunwharf Quays House, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ
When: 13th November 2021- 2nd January 2022
We’re about to rock your fluffy socks off with the news that for the first time EVER, Gunwharf Quays is going to have its very own Christmas Village! Explore the cosy cabins with gifts to suit everyone or put your feet up on the carousel and to top it off, have a refreshment at the Alpine Lodge Bar! The market will be so good, even Father Christmas can’t keep away (check out the website for exact times and dates)!
For more information, head to https://gunwharf-quays.com/articles/visit-our-christmas-village
Where: Winchester Hampshire, SO23 9LS
When: Friday 19th November – Wednesday 22nd December 2021
Have a holly, jolly Christmas Shopping trip at the most charming of Markets in the UK, where you can shop from a collection of local handmade gifts, eat German and European inspired foods and have a magical experience!
For more information, head to https://christmas.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/traders
Brighton Christmas Festival and Market
It’s CHRISTMAS! The Brighton Christmas Festival is anticipated to be the biggest and brightest winter-themed attraction in the county this year… and we can’t wait! There is going to be entertainment & live performances, a funfair and Santa’s Grotto for the younger guests; whilst the adult festival-goers can enjoy a mulled wine in the Après Ski zone!
For more information, head to https://www.brightonchristmasfestival.com/
We hope that you have a great time rockin’ around the Christmas Markets!
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