Although Kent is now in tier 3 restrictions, a much smaller version of the Canterbury Christmas Market will be going ahead from Dec 4th, as indoor and outdoor markets are allowed to open. We are committed to delivering a safe, festive experience for everyone and continue to work with the amazing management team at Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Canterbury City Council and our partners to ensure we do everything possible to keep everyone safe. There are a number of points we would like everyone to consider – These are all local traders who really need your support, however please remember that everyone is adapting to a new way of operating and as such they may work slightly slower than usual as they adapt to the guidelines we have put in place. Your understanding is very much appreciated.
When arriving at the market, you will notice signs asking you to wear a mask when browsing at a stall. We realise that it’s an outside environment, however we would very much appreciate your cooperation with this.
Hand sanitising points are dotted around the market, the centre has a one-way system and the stall holders will also be wearing PPE.
The stalls are positioned very differently than usual, set further back with additional walk-through passages and passing points.
Please take your time to browse, queueing systems are in place, however we would like this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone, where people feel reassured that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe. Should we feel that a queue is not manageable, you will be asked to come back later. Please understand that we are doing this to ensure everyone’s safety.
There will also be traditional bratwurst, krakauer and mulled wine available, as well as a selection of other winter warmers. Frankly Nuts will be in the square with their warm candied nuts, The Larder Christmas Confectionery, Karma Winter Wear, Personalised Decorations, CCA Handmade Candles, Personalised Reindeers, Instant Printing Canvas Prints, Kent Cider, The Tasty Tea People and The Olive Hut will all be showcasing what they have to offer and there’s some gorgeous gift options.
As well as stalls in Whitefriars St, there will also be a small number of food and beverage stalls in Rose Lane. Again, these are all local people. Pop down and see these guys and what they have to offer. We would like to thank CCC, Metro Bank and Cite Crepes for their help making this happen for these traders. We have worked with CCC to ensure these stalls do not clash with any local street food traders so there is no duplication of products.
There will be no grotto this year, tier 3 means indoor entertainment must close. We know Father Christmas is an essential worker and we are going to miss him so much (maybe not the amount of tea he drinks) but he has assured us he will still be visiting us at some point over the festive period (further details to follow).
In addition to the market huts, you may remember we usually have a marquee in St George’s St for all of the handcrafted gifts. These stall holders can now be found at Whitefriars Wonderland in Whitefriars St (between White Stuff and River Island). Here you will find a stunning selection of gifts and it’s just a short walk up to the square.
Although this year we are not providing huts for the St George’s St section, we would like to mention that these guys are also local traders who would love your support. They will be trading in their usual spots and they’re a fantastic group of people who work week in week out.
All of the stall holders we have worked with over the last few years are amazing people, working hard to deliver a safe shopping experience whilst also working through the challenges this year has bought. Please support these small local businesses.
We look forward to seeing you from Dec 4th