Christmas in Canterbury!

Christmas Market

The Canterbury Christmas Market returns to Whitefriars this year from Friday, November 12th through to Friday, December 24th with a colourful array of festive huts full of gifts plus the usual delicious range of seasonal food and beverage offerings. To add the festive spirit, there will be two mulled wine bars located in Whitefriars Square and Marlowe Arcade this year.

The Christmas market will be open:

  • Mon to Fri 10am to 6pm
  • Sat 9am to 6pm
  • Sun 10am to 4 pm

The Christmas Market will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

Whitefriars Wonderland Christmas Gift Store

This year we also welcome back the Whitefriars Wonderland Christmas gift store located on Whitefriars Street opposite Zara. It will be home to some 40 producers, makers, artists and designers and will be open from Friday 12th November through to Friday 24th December. You will also be able to enjoy a fun, festive indoor Christmas Garden full of sparkle and delight. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, an elf will welcome children to take part in free Christmas activities. There will also be love music and chilled vibes Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons in a festive setting in Whitefriars Square along with a cast of colourful Christmas characters!

Santa’s Grotto

Visit Santa this year at his new Grotto experience located in the Marlowe Arcade. Meet the magical fairy for a sprinkle of fairy dust and a nose wiggle followed by a fun, creative experience in the elf workshop and, of course, a meeting with the big man himself! Each child will receive an elf hat, activity sheet, gift and Certified Elf certificate.

The Grotto opens on Saturday 27th November through to Friday 24th December and admission is £7.50.

Click here for more details and to book.

Make a donation to Catching Lives’ Winter Shelter

This Christmas, we have teamed up with Canterbury BID to support Catching Lives’ Winter Shelter. You can make a quick and easy £3 contactless donation by credit/debit card via our special giving window alongside Skechers in Whitefriars Square. Money raised will help keep the lights and heating on at the shelter and provide meals and mental health support through their Day Centre.

Christmas gift guide

Download our free Christmas events and gift guide with details of all our Christmas events as well as some handy hints for Christmas gifting from Whitefriars stores!