The elves have been working their magic around Kent and we're getting ready to start celebrating the winter wonderland that the county is becoming. Wherever you may find yourself this festive season, whether that be at one of our iconic heritage sites or stunning natural landscapes, you're sure to find a Christmas trail to enjoy with family and friends.
The team at Quealy & Co Estate Agents in Sittingbourne have put together a list of local Christmas markets in the area so you can make the most of north east Kent’s festive offering!
Rochester Christmas Market 2023
Location: Rochester Castle
When: 25th November – 10th December
Get your Christmas shopping off to a fun and festive start at the Rochester Christmas Market. FREE to enter. Set in the spectacular Rochester Castle gardens, the Christmas markets are held over three consecutive weekends.
It's the ideal place to search for that special gift and stocking fillers by wandering around the many craft and trade stalls. Food and drink stalls are available to purchase hot and cold beverages, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and much more.
Canterbury Christmas Market 2023
Around the city centre
10th November – 24th December
Immerse yourself in the festive ambiance as you explore a myriad of Christmas-themed stalls. The scent of mulled wine and hot chocolate, the delicious allure of festive treats, and the visual spectacle of handcrafted ornaments, unique gifts, and beautiful decorations will surely instil the joy and sparkle of the holiday season.
Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival 2023
Location: Rochester town centre
2nd – 3rd December
Each year, the first weekend of December brings Victorian festivities to Rochester in the form of a Dickensian Christmas, where you can experience street entertainment, readings, song and dance.
You’ll be captivated by Dickens’ characters as you explore the literary journey that was the great writer’s life.
Faversham Christmas Market Weekend
Location: Market Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AE
When: 9th – 10th December
The town centre will be packed with stalls selling fresh produce, gifts and Christmas decorations.
On Saturday there will be traders from Faversham Charter Market along with additional stalls for Christmas. Visitors can also enjoy a special Christmas Best of Faversham Market in Preston Street selling locally produced food, drink and artisan gifts.
On Sunday, the town centre will host a Christmas market with stalls from across all three of Faversham’s regular markets including a selection of vintage and antique stalls.During the weekend there will be live festive music and visitors can meet the very popular Happy Endings donkeys along with sheep hosted by the Yarn Dispensary.
Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle
Location: Leeds Castle
When: 24th November – 31st December
Returning for its second year, an all-new reimagined, magical Christmas trail featuring enchanting illuminations and Christmas music, will fill the air and light up the glamorous and historic Leeds Castle. This is the perfect way for you and your friends or family to get into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas.
We hope you enjoy the festivities in the local area! Dates and locations were correct at the time of publication to the best of our knowledge.
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