Christmas on the Coast Path

Folkestone Harbour Arm Christmas Market

15th November 2022

It’s that time to start to plan your Christmas shopping and what better way than to discover outdoor Christmas markets along the England Coast Path to not only embrace the wonderful winter coastline during this time but it is the perfect place to shop at some of the most spectacular independent shops in the great outdoors.

Take a look below at our top coastal Christmas markets for you to discover.

Folkestone Festive Marketplace

After a great first year of Folkestone Festive Marketplace in 2021, they are returning with a bang for 2022. This year they are doubling the amount of Christmas classics on the Harbour Screen, more live entertainment, food and drink options with a pop-up ‘Food Village’ exclusive to their festive market. They are also doubling up on bespoke built market huts filled with delightful decorations and gifts from independent traders. Taking place every weekend from 19th November 11am – 6pm, plus two late night shopping experiences on the 24th November and the 15th December 5pm – 9pm.

Herne Bay Christmas Market

Come and meet a host of traders, local and guest producers. There truly is something for everyone, shoppers can pick up a diverse selection of authentic products, chat with the producers directly. Herne Bay Christmas Market begins on Sunday 11th December.

Christmas at Whitstable Castle

Join in for a 2 day traditional Christmas Fair 2nd – 4th December with stalls outside and inside the castle, selling Christmas gifts, holly wreaths etc plus Santa’s grotto! The Orangery Tearoom’s will be serving light lunches, mulled wine & mince pies etc all day too and the magical Santa’s Grotto will be open from 10am onwards (booking is essential).

Broadstairs Christmas Fair

A traditional family fayre with Christmas stalls & music, Santa’s Grotto, food & drink, and the switching-on of the High Street Christmas Lights. The Broadstairs Christmas Fair includes traditional stalls selling crafts, gifts, food and drink, visit Santa in Pierremont Park, Christmas music, choirs and carol singing. Event is on 26th November between 12pm – 6pm.

Margate Christmas Fair

Get in the Christmas spirit at the Margate Christmas Fair on the 26th November between 12pm – 8pm. Discover Christmas market stalls, live performances, Christmas tree light switch-on at 6pm, meet Santa at Santa’s Grotto plus so much more!

Dover’s Winter Light Up

This year we are delighted to announce a two-day festive celebrating lighting up Dover, with a Fire Garden Garden taking place on Dover Roman Lawn. On Saturday 3rd December from 12pm Dover Market Square will host a range of stalls to get your Christmas gifts and enjoy entertainment, food, and drink. And at 6pm on Saturday, their Lantern Procession includes four new big builds lighting up Dover, starting from Dover College, heading through the high street, and finishing in Market Square.

Faversham Christmas Market

Christmas shopping can be such a chore – so why not turn it into a pleasurable experience by visiting Faversham Market’s Christmas Weekend? On Friday 9th December they are having their Faversham Charter Market, Saturday 10th is their Faversham Charter Market and special Christmas Best of Faversham Market and Sunday 11th December their Sunday Christmas Market. There will be a wide variety of stallholders for across all of their markets and other local market favourites too. Faversham is also home to wonderful independent shops, cafes and businesses to add to your Christmas shopping experience.

Gravesend Christmas Market

Discover Gravesend Borough Market for handmade Christmas gifts, sweets, twinkling lights, a festive atmosphere and fabulous gifts. You can also try one of their fabulous food providers for a tasty lunch or a takeaway for when you get home. Open Friday 18th November 4pm – 8pm, every Saturday from 26th November to 24th December 9am – 2pm and every Sunday from 27th November to 18th December 10am – 2pm.

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