Canterbury Christmas Market 2019

November 22nd to December 24th

For coach drivers

Coaches can drop passengers off at the drop-off point located in St George’s Lane, in front of Whitefriars Shopping Centre, where a section of the Christmas Market is located and approximately 400 metres from Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Coach Park is approximately a 10 minute pleasant riverside walk from the city centre. There is no coach parking available within the city walls. The coach park is easily accessible from the main routes into the city with parking machines accepting credit cards and cash. Toilets including disabled, baby changing facilities and water point are available.

Times and charges – open 24 hours per day everyday. £15 for 12 hours.

Download the full information pack and guide in PDF format.

General info

  • 70+ Christmas themed huts plus two craft and produce areas.
  • A Christmas Market covering Whitefriars Square, Gravel Walk, Marlowe Arcade, Whitefriars Street, Rose Lane and St George’s Street.
  • A fantastic selection of Christmas gifts plus mouthwatering local and international food and drink options.
  • Live music and performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Santa’s Grotto from November 30th Children’s arts and crafts activities on selected dates.
  • Golden Ticket Hunt.
  • See a full list of market stalls here.
  • See a list of event dates here.

Getting there




Local taxi firms


General info – flat access to all market stalls etc.

Shop Mobility

Car parking


Market Opening hours

Friday November 22nd to Tuesday 24th December 2019

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9am to 6pm
  • Sunday 10am to 5pm
  • Christmas Eve closes 3pm

Visiting Santa

You can book to visit Santa in his grotto along with his Elves online here.

Whitefriars’ very own fairy welcomes children to the magical grotto (located in Whitefriars Square) with a sprinkle of fairy dust, a twirl and a nose wiggle which makes sure everyone will be able to see Father Christmas (sometimes he’s invisible). The elves invite the children into the activity workshop where each child receives a Santa hat to wear (and keep) and takes part in decorating their own personalised Christmas stocking, choosing from over 50,000 Christmas themed stickers. Then the elves and children will knock on the grotto door, where the children will meet Father Christmas in his cosy sitting room and whilst sitting in their own mini chair, they can let him know how good they’ve been. Parents are welcome to take photos of their own children with Father Christmas. Each child will receive a gift to go in their newly decorated stocking and a sticker badge to let everyone know they really have met Father Christmas.
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This Christmas Market is operated by RockHopper Events Ltd

RockHopper Events Ltd 12 Romney Place, Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom, ME15 6LE

Company number 11241742


RockHopper Events Ltd