Canterbury Christmas Markets

Ancient city of Roman foundation, the Romans called it Durovernum Cantiacorum, Canterbury became famous in the twelfth century as a place of pilgrimage. The city, which lies just 60 kilometers from London, is still partially surrounded by medieval walls with a Norman castle, and has its greatest appeal in the beautiful Gothic cathedral, built between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries, and today’s world headquarters of the Anglican church. The Cathedral of Canterbury with the ruins of the St Augustine’s Abbey and the church of St. Martin are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.


Dates of the Christmas Market:
Usually end of November – December

Christmas Market in Canterbury (Christmas Market in Whitefriars Square, Whitefriars Street, Gravel Walk, Marlowe Arcade and St George’s St). Visit beautiful, historical Canterbury at Christmas featuring a Christmas market with 70+ huts and nearly 100 businesses. The market offers a colourful array of gifts and decorations as well as a fantastic selection of food and drink.

The market spans Whitefriars Square, Whitefriars Street, Gravel Walk, Marlowe Arcade and St George’s St from Friday November 16th through to Monday December 24th 2018. There is live music and performances every weekend, character walkabouts, free arts and crafts activities for the children as well as late night shopping on November 16th and on November 30th when Father Christmas arrives in the city. Decorate and hang a bauble on our community tree inside the small business marquee supported by Whitefriars Shopping Centre and Canterbury City Council.

The grotto is open from December 1st and this year the elves have built him a new cabin! If you are one of the lucky golden ticket winners you get to visit Father Christmas on the evening he arrives.

Opening Hours: 

Info: We welcome coach drivers with a complimentary bratwurst and hot drink. For full details please contact Nikki on or for performance opportunities contact Ben on

The city of Canterbury has also a general market that takes place weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but during Christmas will take place every day.


Send us by e-mail ( ) information such as that the date, opening hours, a detailed description of the market, information for the exhibitors …. and we will put them (for free) on our site. A poster (without drawings) of your market is appreciated.