Discover the best Christmas Markets in Kent

Phoebe Shipton  ·  8th December 2023

As the festive season approaches, Kent transforms into a winter wonderland, adorned with twinkling lights, christmas trees and decorations. One of the best ways to get into the festive spirit is to visit one of the many Christmas markets in Kent. In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey through some of our favourite festive markets.

Whitefriars Christmas Market – Canterbury 

Nestled within the historic city of Canterbury, the Christmas market here is a true spectacle. Against the backdrop of the iconic Canterbury Cathedral, the market comes alive with over 70 stalls offering a variety of handcrafted gifts, local produce, and festive treats. Visitors can stroll through the cobbled streets, sipping on mulled wine and enjoying the festive atmosphere. From unique artisan crafts to delectable seasonal delights, Canterbury Christmas Market is a must-visit for anyone seeking the true spirit of Christmas.

Leeds Castle Christmas Events:

Imagine a Christmas market set against the stunning backdrop of Leeds Castle, often referred to as the “loveliest castle in Kent.” Leeds Castle transforms into a winter wonderland with its festive events. Typically hosting a christmas market, light shows or themed events, there’s something truly special for everyone to enjoy. 

Betteshanger Christmas Markets and events:

Starting from late November through to December, the wonderful Betteshanger Park combines the magic of the season with the beauty of the outdoors. Nestled within the country park, you will find a mix of local crafts, artisanal products, and seasonal goodies. Visitors can also enjoy activities like visiting Santa and the winter lights trail, making it a perfect destination for families looking to create lasting holiday memories.

Broadstairs Christmas Market:

The picturesque coastal town of Broadstairs hosts a charming Christmas market that captures the essence of a traditional English Christmas. The market, set in Victoria Gardens, features a range of stalls selling handmade gifts, festive decorations, and mouth watering treats. Just a short walk to the seafront too, you can enjoy a fresh winter walk and soak up the breathtaking coastal views. 

Whitstable Christmas Market:

Known for its artistic community and seaside charm, Whitstable offers a Christmas market that reflects the town’s creative spirit. The Whitstable Christmas Market showcases a curated selection of handmade crafts, art, and locally produced goods. Visitors can explore the stalls lining the harbor, enjoy live performances, and sample the delicious offerings from food vendors. The market’s laid-back atmosphere and coastal setting make it a perfect destination for those seeking a relaxed and festive experience.

Enjoy exploring Kent in the festive season

Kent’s Christmas markets offer a diverse range of experiences, from the historic backdrop of Canterbury to the enchanting Leeds Castle and the coastal charm of Whitstable. Whether you’re searching for unique gifts, indulging in festive treats, or simply soaking up the magical atmosphere, these Christmas markets in Kent are sure to leave you with cherished memories of the holiday season.

Looking for somewhere to stay with friends and family over the festive season? Why not browse our Christmas Cottages collection and celebrate with your loved ones in your very own second home.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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