Leisure & Travel
by Aspect County

A feast for the eyes

Kent and Sussex Christmas markets

In the run up to Christmas, throughout November and December, there are a whole host of Christmas markets taking place within the South East, which showcase amazing produce from across the counties and the rest of the UK. Many of the traders are independent, and often local artisans, so a trip to a Christmas market is a great way to purchase some unique items whilst shopping local. Get into the Christmas spirit and feast your eyes on wonderful gifts, festive decorations and specialist food, whilst sipping on a cup of warming mulled wine.

Who needs to go abroad when you have some of the best Christmas markets right here on your doorstep? Take a look at some of the markets popping up in Kent and Sussex this year.

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Brighton Christmas Festival
With more than 150 stalls, the Brighton Christmas Festival and Market will be the biggest and brightest winter attraction in Sussex this year’ according to their website. It is a city-wide event with many of the famous attractions and venues participating. 

What to expect: stalls, live shows, fairground, Santa’s Workshop, Après Ski zone and more.

When: 26 November – 31 December 2021.

Eastbourne Christmas Market
The popular Christmas market returns this year and in addition to all the usual festival traditions, Eastbourne Council are encouraging youth traders to take a pitch. The Best Youth Trader’ will be selected and will win a business support package to help their business grow.

What to expect: live entertainment, local produce, children’s rides, ice rink, youth trader award.

When: 17 December – 20 December 2021.

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Start your countdown to Christmas here at the Wonders of the Weald Christmas Experience. This year the market of artisanal gifts and seasonal treats will focus more closely on the spirit of the museum showcasing the very best produce of the region.

What to expect: eclectic stalls selling produce from the Weald & Downland region, festive music and demonstrations.

When: TBC at the time of printing

Pantiles Market, Tunbridge Wells
Set against the iconic Georgian colonnade, the weekly outdoor market on The Pantiles steps into Christmas in December, featuring a diverse selection of local traders including seasonal food and drink and handcrafted goods – there’s something for everyone.

What to expect: food and drink stalls, artisan goods and gifts.

When: 4 December – 19 December 2021.

Rochester Christmas Market
Step into Christmas in the picturesque Rochester Castle Gardens. You’ll find an array of market stalls, traditional fairground rides and warming winter food and drinks. A festive day out for all the family.

What to expect: unusual stocking fillers, personalised gifts, Bavarian food village.

When: Various dates from 27 November – 12 December 2021.