Canterbury Christmas Market

Highlight of Canterbury's holiday season

The Canterbury Christmas Market is the highlight of the holiday season for our little medieval city. From 12 November to 24 December, visitors will be privy to a festive feast of seasonal foods and drinks as they shop with local artisans for décor, gifts, and treats.

Located in and around the Whitefriars Shopping Centre on St George’s Street, the Canterbury Christmas Market has popped up in the city centre for the better part of a decade, and it features 56 stalls to browse. After 2 years away, the Market is back and better than ever, and we’re sure that a visit will ramp up the jolly in your life.

Once there, and if you’re feeling peckish, be sure to stop in for traditional bratwurst or a hearty burger, either of which pairs well with mulled wine or a crisp ale. And there is no shortage of sweet treats for dessert: fresh donuts topped with Nutella, towers of Christmas chocolates, and churros…just to name a few.

For the younger visitors, thick hot chocolate can be purchased to sip as you wait to see Santa. The man in red is available via booking here, and his reindeer will be just outside, hungry for snacks as they wait to head back to the North Pole.

If you happen to visit at the weekend, you’ll find live-action festive characters ready to meet and greet the kids.

While the Market is a great place for visitors to participate in holiday cheer, it’s also a showcase for local makers and artisans, many of whom don’t have their own storefronts. For these sellers, the Canterbury Christmas Market allows for important visibility and interaction with potential customers.

So get festive and support local! We’ll see you at there!

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