Christmas balls. Author and copyright M. R.
Christmas balls. Author and copyright M. R.

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.

There is live music and performances every weekend, character walkabouts, free arts and crafts activities for the children as well as late night shopping. Decorate and hang a bauble on our community tree inside the small business marquee supported by Whitefriars Shopping Centre and Canterbury City Council.

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.


ATTENTION: We recommend that you check the opening of the Christmas markets with the organizers.