The festive season in Chichester is a time of merriment and joy. It’s when the city comes to life with twinkling lights, the aroma of mulled wine, Santa at the Rotary Tree of Hope, and the dulcet sounds of carollers and buskers singing Christmas melodies.
Chichester’s Christmas markets are at the heart of this seasonal cheer, bringing the community together to celebrate in true traditional style. Here we take a closer look at the delightful array of Christmas markets taking place in Chichester this year, each with their own unique charm:
November Christmas Market Experiences
The Cloisters Kitchen & Garden at Chichester Cathedral presents a Sussex Festive Showcase on Wednesday 15 November at 11am, offering a cosy space to discover high-quality local produce and find that perfect gift. Then on Sunday 19 November the final Cross Market and More of 2023 takes place from 10am to 4pm. Here, you’ll find an array of locally crafted treasures, from textiles and jewellery to homemade food, prints, and more. Not forgetting the twice monthly Chichester Farmer’s Market that takes place on the first and third Friday of the month from 9am to 2pm.
A Weekend of Magical Christmas Markets, 2 and 3 December
Over the weekend of 2-3 December, you’re in for a true treat as Chichester hosts not one, but three magical Christmas markets. Pop to Draper’s Yard Makers Market on Saturday 2 December, from 10am to late, for beautiful handmade gifts by local artists, mulled wine, and more. Vintage and Very Nice returns to the city with a two-day Christmas Extravaganza at the Assembly Rooms on North Street on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, from 10am to 4pm on both days. For an immersive festive experience on Sunday 3 December, head to Edes House Open House and Christmas Mini Market. Enjoy the beautifully decorated house and relish refreshments in the pop-up café while listening to festive songs. Visit the Christmas story grotto with a local author, and explore lovely stallholders for Christmas shopping. The event takes place from 11am to 3pm.
Chichester Christmas Cheer Market, 9 – 10 and 16 – 17 December
The Chichester Christmas Cheer Market is taking place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, as well as Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December. It will transform North and East Street into a Christmas wonderland where you can enjoy festive hot and cold food and drinks while celebrating local producers and artisans. Street entertainment will add to the joyful atmosphere within our city walls.
Visiting the Chichester Christmas markets is the perfect opportunity to explore the beautifully adorned streets of Chichester with seasonal decorations and glistening lights. The atmosphere is truly magical, and it’s impossible not to be swept away by the charm of the city.
As you wander through the markets, you’ll encounter a delightful array of stalls. From handcrafted gifts and ornaments to scrumptious seasonal treats and mulled wine, there’s something for everyone. These markets showcase the talent and craftsmanship of local artisans, making each item a unique find.
The Christmas markets in Chichester cater to the entire family. Children can take part in our Free Santa’s Missing Sack Family Trail as well as enjoy a host of family-friendly activities taking place in the city, ensuring you and your loved ones create cherished Christmas memories.
Getting There and Practical Information
Travelling to Chichester is straightforward by car, train, or bus. Whether you’re driving or using public transport, Chichester welcomes visitors with open arms. Be sure to check event details and plan your visit accordingly.
Chichester’s Christmas markets offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with local artisans, support the community, and create precious memories with your loved ones. Whether you’re searching for that perfect gift or simply want to soak in the joyful atmosphere, Chichester’s Christmas markets are a must-visit. So, wrap up in your warmest scarf, sip on some mulled wine, and let the magic of the season fill your heart with joy this Christmas in Chichester.