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Kent's Christmas market dates have been confirmed for 2017

You need to plan ahead if you want to make the most of the festive season

Christmas presents and mince pies are already filling the shop shelves, so some people may be starting to think ahead to the festive period

You need to start planning ahead if they want to get the most out of the festive period this year, and that means jotting the all important Christmas market dates in your diary.

The dates for some of the biggest Christmas markets in Kent have been confirmed for 2017, which means you will once again be able to browse wooden stalls selling spiced warm mulled wine, hot roasted chestnuts and of course, unique festive gifts

Here are the Christmas market dates you need to know

Belmont House and Gardens

Browse for festive gifts with this two-day Christmas market.

When: November 25 - 26

There will be an entrance cost of £2 per person.

Canterbury Christmas Market

The continental Christmas market will return to Canterbury this Christmas, with 50 cabins throughout Whitefriars.

Shop for unique Christmas gifts, decorations and food specialities as you savour the aroma of barbecued bratwurst and mulled wine.

When: November 25 - December 24

Chartwell Christmas Market

The Christmas market at the National Trust site in Westerham

The undercover market is located in the courtyard outside the shop and cafe.

The popular market returns to the former home of Winston Churchill in Westerham to kick start your Christmas shopping and gives you the opportunity to find that perfect gift for friends and family.

When: November 24 - 26

Dover Christmas Market

Dover town centre will transform into a winter wonderland for two days this year, with all the festive stalls and cheer you can expect.

When: December 2 - 3

Faversham Christmas Market

Faversham Christmas Light switch on in the Market Square

The Faversham Christmas Markets have become a popular yearly event and are the place to pick up gorgeous, locally made gifts and produce, enjoy some festive music and sip a glass or two of mulled wine.

The historic Market Place with it's beautiful Guildhall is packed full of stalls selling handmade gifts, toys, clothes, jewellery, crafts and pottery, local produce, food and drink. With brass bands, music and carol singing and donkeys, there is something for everyone.

When: November 26, December 10 and December 17

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Gravesend Christmas Market

Gravesend Borough Market with the towns’ shops and businesses are celebrating four weekends of themed events to celebrate the town's heritage.

The programme starts with Gravesend’s very popular light switch on and Frost Fair Community Parade on Friday, November 17, wiith an evening market to welcome residents and visitors to the town.

Themed market events will then take place on these dates:

November 25 and 26 – Ice and Vintage theme

December 2 and 3 – All things Magical theme

December 9 and 10 – Hot and fiery theme

December 16 and 17 – All things Christmas theme

Leeds Castle Christmas Market

Browse festive goodies at the Leeds Castle Christmas Market

Leeds Castle delights in hosting the annual Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle. Discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink and meet the reindeer and our birds of prey.

In the centre of the market, enjoy their nostalgic fairground attractions, children's rides and a daily programme of live musical entertainment. Take a ride on the Victorian carousel and the high flying 'chair-o-planes' or take a leisurely trip on the big wheel for a spectacular view of the Castle. Small additional charges apply for the rides.

When: November 25 and 26, December 2 and 3, December 9 and 10, December 16 and 17

Note, you will need to pay for castle admission tickets to attend the Christmas market.

Rochester Christmas Market

Set in the historic and picturesque Rochester Castle gardens, overlooked by Rochester's 12th Century Norman Keep, market visitors will enjoy a selection of festive foods including mulled wine, hot chocolate with Baileys and roasted chestnuts as they browse stalls for unique gift ideas and unusual stocking fillers.

Features of the market include:

Magical festive atmosphere with live music

Luxury and unique gifts throughout the market.

Bavarian Village and Craft Fair.

Tasty treats from local producers.

Easy access to historic Rochester High Street with its eclectic mix of independent retailers, eateries and period architecture.

A step back in time to a Victorian Christmas to meet some of Dickens' heroes and villains (Dickensian Christmas Festival 2-3 December).

When: November 25 – December 10

Sevenoaks Christmas Market

Pop to The Vine in Sevenoaks

You are bound to find plenty of gifts for Christmas at the Sevenoaks Christmas Market on the vine. There will be crafts, entertainment, a Santa's grotto and plenty of festive food and mulled wine on offer.

When: December 8 - 10

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Sheerness Christmas Market

The High Street and The Broadway will play host to a Christmas Market so you can buy all your festive goodies.

When: December 2

Sissinghurst Castle Christmas Market

Start your Christmas shopping at the annual market, with a host of local craft and food producers set to take part.

When: November 25 - 26

Normal admission charges apply for the venue

Tenterden Christmas Market

For three days at the end of November, Tenterden High Street and the surrounding area will be transformed through the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas Fayre.

Features of the market include:

A great selection of Christmas Market stalls

Local Artisan food producers

Street food including hot food and drinks

Craft and grocery food stalls for all your Christmas shopping

Christmas gifts and crafts - wonderful ideas

Shops and cafes open late - take advantage of special discounts with the Tenterden Loyalty Card

Glittering Christmas trees and lights - light switch on is Saturday afternoon

Christmas canteen with trestle tables behind the Woolpack Hotel

Live music, choirs, street entertainment

Christmas carols

Recreation Ground Stage / Rides and Slides / Children's Activities / Seating Area / Festive Bar

When: November 24 and 25

Christmas Special Tunbridge Wells Farmers' Market

Shoppers and stall holders at the Christmas farmers market in Tunbridge Wells town centre

The perfect opportunity to buy fresh local produce for Christmas, as well as last-minute gifts.

Artisan producers bring their cheeses, Rye fish fresh from the boats, organic vegetables, cakes and wines. Seating area, hot food and drinks available. This market is FARMA certified, and shortlisted as one of the top seven Farmers' Markets in the country.

When: December 21


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