Christmas in Whitefriars

Canterbury is a magical place at any time of year, but especially in the run-up to Christmas!

Christmas Market

This year’s Christmas market is the biggest ever, with 70 colourful cabins selling seasonal food and drink, gifts and decorations – many handmade by local artisans. The Christmas Market opens on 16 November and runs until 24 December. Open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

Santa’s Grotto

Santa arrives on 30 November – join in the fun from 5pm to 6pm! Grotto open from 1–24 December, from 11am to 4pm Sunday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturdays (closed 3, 4, 10 and 11 December). Admission £4, includes a craft activity, gift and a chat with the big man himself. Booking essential. Purchase tickets here.

Festive fun

Look out for our competitions, craft workshops, live music performances and character walkabouts from 16 November until 24 December. Pick up a free programme from Whitefriars stores or download a copy here.

Store opening times

Download our latest Christmas store opening times here.