As we head into November, Christmas is just a blink of an eye away. To help get you into the Christmas spirit and to make your Christmas shopping both a lot more fun and a lot more local, here is our round-up of Sussex Christmas markets in 2023.
We are adding details to this post all the time so keep checking in.
Bubbles and Botanicals Fair at South Lodge, Horsham
On the 25th of November 2023, this is a celebration of Sussex sparkling and craft spirits, there will be 15 of the best Sussex drinks producers, and a chance to try before you buy and meet the makers. There will also be industry experts and it’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season. They currently have an early bird offer: Bubbles and Botanicals Fair.
One Garden, Stanmer Park, Brighton
What a wonderful setting for a Christmas market. In 2023, the One Garden Christmas market will be held on the 3rd and 10th of December 2023 (9.30 am to 4 pm) and there will be lots of lovely crafters, producers and makers.
Resident Artisan Winter Market, Arundel
Ardingly Winter Fair
Held at the South of England Showground in Ardingly (near Haywards Heath), the Ardingly Winter Fair 2023 will be held on the 18th of November from 9 am to 5 pm and on the 19th of November from 9 am to 4 pm and promises arts, crafts and produce from independent and local vendors. Parking is free, tickets can be booked online, under 16s go free if accompanied by an adult (they will still need a ticket).
Michelham Priory Medieval Christmas Fayre
England’s Medieval Christmas Fayre on 25th and 26th November promises to be a Medieval winter wonderland, filled with magic and fun for all ages. The event is taking place at Michelham Priory near Hailsham and is organised by the company who run England’s Medieval Festival, formerly at Herstmonceux Castle for almost 30 years.
Great Dixter Christmas Fair
Head over to Great Dixter on the 25th and 26th of November 2023 (from 9.30 am to 4 pm) for over 40 craft and designer makers within the house and grounds, along with demonstrations, food tasting and live music.
The Big Purple Christmas Extravaganza, Hophurst Lane, Crawley
This market is another early one on the 19th of November 2023 from 12 pm to 6 pm and promises a mixture of Christmas crafts, gifts, children’s entertainment and a pinch of spirituality, as well as Prosecco!
Shoreham Christmas Market, Brighton Road
Head to the coast for this Light Up Shoreham market on the 8th of December 2023. If that’s too late for you, there is also a market at Longshore Shoreham, Brighton Road, Shoreham on the 26th of November 2023 from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm.
Felbridge Christmas Market, Crowne Plaza
Being held on the 26th of November 2023 from 12 noon until 4 pm. Free entry. There will be face painting, gingerbread decorating mulled wine, festive food, a treasure hunt, Santa and of course, lots of stalls.
Petworth Festive Street Party
Brought to you by The Hungry Guest on the 16th of November 2023 (from 6 pm to 8 pm), this event includes live music, hampers and gifts.
Christmas Market & Grotto, Field Place, Worthing
On the 10th of December 2023 from 10.30 am this market promises food, crafts, gifts and a Santa’s grotto.
Brighton Christmas Market
Brighton Christmas Market is part of the bigger Brighton Christmas Festival and sounds fantastic. There are going to be 50 festive stalls, purpose-built entertainment venues, live shows, and Santa’s workshop, of course! Brighton Christmas Festival is free and is running from 18th November to 24th December 2023. You’ll find it between St Peter’s Church and Valley Gardens.
Weald and Downland Christmas Market, Singleton
This year the market will be held on the 25th and 26th of November 2023 from 10.30 am to 4 pm, with around 100 stallholders. Pre-booking is essential. Parking for this event will be at the Goodwood Cark Park D (PO18 0PJ) with complimentary shuttle buses. Disabled parking only at the Museum.
A Christmas Market at Borde Hill
Borde Hill is not hosting a Christmas market this year (2023) but they are holding a Santa’s grotto and a family Christmas experience on various dates throughout December.
Seaford’s Christmas Magic
2nd December 2023 sees this Christmas market plus festivities usually also include live music, seasonal readings interspersed with acoustic music and song in St Leonards Church, and market stalls with festive goodies.
Worthing Festive Craft Fair
On the 3rd December 2023 at Worthing Charmandean from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. This ‘So This is Christmas’ fair is a festive craft and design fair that will feature 65+ high quality craft and design stalls, plus cafe/ bar and special guests including The Sussex Ghostbusters. The fair is in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.
Eastbourne Victorian Christmas Market
With market stalls, live entertainment and fairground rides, they promise lots of handmade gifts and crafts as well as hot food and festive drinks including mulled wine. With carol singers, brass bands and street performers it sounds like a great event from the 7th to 10th December 2023.
Grittenham Barn Christmas Market, near Petworth
Grittenham Barn is in between Midhurst and Petworth and as the name suggests their Christmas market is held in their beautiful barn and in rustic outbuildings. This year the market will be on the 24th and the 25th November 2023 from 10 am to 4 pm, with lots of different stalls and goodies.
Wadhurst Christmas Market and Craft Fair
With the promise of 40 stalls, Wadhurst Market includes all the essentials such as festive food and drink, beautiful handcrafted artisan gifts, ceramics, art, sculpture, carved and polished wooden tableware and decorations. 1st December 2023 from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Draper’s Yard Christmas Makers Market, Chichester
On Saturday 2nd December, from 10 am until late, Draper’s Yard is excited to announce a Christmas Market with a difference. Featuring some of the area’s most talented makers including artists, ceramists, florists, jewellery makers and more. The Market will place a focus on quality craftsmanship, with a treasure trove of unique and beautiful gifts on display. Organised by local artist Catherine Rowe, the Christmas Makers Market will bring together talent from across the local area transforming the Draper’s Yard courtyard into an immersive festive experience. Delicious food and drink including a bespoke Christmas Cocktail, mulled wine and churros, will be provided throughout the day and into the night by The Taco Box, alongside their regular menu. Coffee Van will also be providing hot drinks by a roaring fire pit. In the spirit of giving, the Makers Market will be holding a bake sale to raise money for Stonepillow Chichester, a local charity dedicated to supporting homeless and vulnerable people to achieve sustainable independence and wellbeing.
Santa’s Christmas Fayre, Ringmer
This family fun weekend is on the 9th & 10th of December 2023 at Bentley Farm Estate, 10 am – 5 pm both days. With heated marquees, there are lots of stalls and children’s activities and Rahter Christmas himself will be stopping by!
Chichester Indoor Christmas Market
This is on the 19th of November 2023 and will have over 100 stalls. Head to the Westgate Leisure Centre.
Horsham Christmas Markets
These will be held on every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday in December plus Friday 22nd of December 2023 in the Carfax. On Christmas Eve there will be live music on Carfax Bandstand from the Windjammers band, 11 am-1 pm.
Petworth’s Christmas Cracker, Petworth
This festive makers market features high-quality artisan gifts. You’ll find a range of beautiful handmade products including jewellery, homewares, textiles and art. Held on 2nd December 2023, at Battery House.
Christmas Fair at the Beach Café, Littlehampton
This event comes with local crafters, hot food and festive drinks. Held on the 3rd of December 2023 from 12 pm to 8 pm, stay for the carol singers from 6.30 pm!
Arundel Museum Christmas Fayre
They have lots of Christmas events but this Christmas Fayre will be on the 11th of November 2023 from 10.30 am and admission is free.
Christmas Fair at Seven Sisters
On the 9th and the 10th of December 2023 from 10 am to 5 pm, there will be a Christmas Fair held in the Visitor Centre at Exceat just east of Seaford. From local produce, beer, honey, gifts, arts and crafts, this fair promises something for everyone.
Christmas in Rye Festival 2023
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