Whitefriars gearing up for festive season with start of Christmas market

The Whitefriars Christmas market will feature 68 stalls

Final preparations are taking place ahead of the opening of this year’s Christmas market in Canterbury’s Whitefriars shopping precinct.

Its opening tomorrow (Friday) coincides with the launch of the Christmas lights in the city centre.

Whitefriars will see 68 cabins plus 70 small artisan businesses in what will be the biggest and longest-running Christmas market ever seen in the city.

The market will be located throughout the Whitefriars precinct – in Whitefriars Street, Gravel Walk, Marlowe Arcade and St George’s Street.

Santa will arrive at a special event planned for November 30 from 5pm to 6pm, accompanied by his elves and Christmas characters with lots of giveaways for children.

The Christmas Market runs until December 24. Opening hours will be 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday, with some late nights close to Christmas.

Santa’s Grotto, which last year welcomed over 1,800 children, will be open from 1 December until 24 December in Whitefriars Square, from 11am to 4pm Sunday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturdays (closed 3, 4, 10 and 11 December).


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