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Dive straight into the Christmas spirit…

If you’re a little tired of the High Street struggle around Christmas time and want to find some unique gifts as well as enjoying a festive experience, Christmas fairs are the only way to go. The team at Mulberry Cottages feel your pain and have put together a list of the Christmas markets around Kent and Sussex that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step (without the aid of mulled wine)!

Firstly there is the festive spectacular in Canterbury which combines a German theme with Glühwein (a sweet mulled wine) and traditional Christmas music to transport you to the snowy slopes of Garmisch. The selction is impressive, with an array of gifts and is all set in a warren of picturesque ‘snow-laden’ log cabins. The market runs daily until Christmas Eve.

Canterbury Whitefriars Christmas fair

If you prefer something more historical, then the Dickens Christmas market at Rochester Castle combines its shopping with costumed characters, unique hand made curiousities all in the impossibly beautiful setting of the Castle, lit up for the occasion. Mr and Mrs Claus are even setting up their home in the grounds to delight youngsters or those young at heart! Open all week except Monday and Tuesdays until the 18th December.

Step back in time with the Dickens Christmas Fayre at Rochester Castle!

Also in Kent there is the Ashford and Bexley Heath Christmas Fairs sprinkling Christmas spirit running up until the 22nd and 24th of December.

Over in Sussex these is plenty of festive cheer to be had. Ham Farm in Ringmer, East Sussex is rather ambitously hosting its own carol-singing, sleigh-bell ringing Christmas Village from the 5th December for three weekends. Children can meet Father Christmas and make their own stockings, whilst adults can enjoy the vast array of festive food and drink on offer, as well as browsing the tree selection or even doing some last minute christmas shopping! Entrance is £3 for adults, £1.50 for under 16’s and children under 8 go free… this also included a free hot drink and mince pie to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

On the 10th December Rye joins in the fun with its annual Christmas celebration. Father Christmas (complete with real reindeer!) makes his way through the town at 4.30pm and the School Creative Centre presents its Christmas ‘Bizarre’.

Father Christmas making a 'rare' (!) public appearance in Rye.

More celebrations are happening all over Sussex, with Christmas overtaking Chicester from the 8th-11th December and Brighton festooning its cobbled lanes and alleys into a scene from ‘A Christmas Carol’. So wrap up warm and head out to grab unique gifts and a pleasurable shopping experience this December (you might be granted a Christmas miracle yet!)

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