Isle of Wight Christmas Markets

With Christmas now firmly on the horizon, the Wife and I decided it would be a great idea to take the girls to a Christmas market. We were inspired when we popped over on the Red Jet to Southampton the other day and saw the outdoor ice rink and German Christmas market all set up in the city centre, with Christmas lights and Santa aerial displays. 

As they always do these things so well on the continent, I’ve been mulling over the best destination to take them to… Vienna, Prague, Strasbourg. But then the Wife pointed out that there are loads of Christmas markets taking place right here on the Island – which apparently will give me more to spend on presents (for her I’m guessing!).

And she was quite right, there are lots, so I thought I’d share some of the upcoming markets you too can visit this season.

I Love Wight Christmas Market – 30 November & 1 December

Returning or its sixth year at this market featured lots of stalls selling Isle of Wight artisan products as well as music, mulled wine and mince pies! Taking place at the Garlic Farm, Newchurch from 9am to 5pm.

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Christmas Market - 24 November 

Open from 10am to 4pm this event is inside, so will take pace no matter the weather and with stalls, face painting and music everyone is welcome. This is a great charity to support and what animal is more synonymous with Christmas than a donkey!

Ventnor Winter Gardens Christmas Market – 30 November

This market has all sorts of Christmas goodies and stalls and will also feature carol singers to help get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Open from 10am to 7pm.

Mountbatten Gift Fair – 29 & 30 November 

This popular Christmas gift fair this year is in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice.With 30 unique stalls it’s the perfect event to pick up some unique Christmas gifts, while supporting a fantastic local charity. This one is not a free event with tickets on Friday 29 November (5pm to 8pm) costing £12.50 for an exclusive preview evening which includes wine and canapés. While entrance is just £3 on the door for the main event on Saturday 30 November (10am to 3pm). But the car parking is free! 

Northwood House Christmas Fair – 23 & 24 November

Open from 10am to 4pm this festive fair is set in the beautiful historic surroundings of Northwood House, Cowes. With local artisan and gift stalls and a Santa’s Grotto – you can even get your dog’s photo taken with Santa when you visit Santa Paws!

Briddlesford Lodge Farm Christmas Market - 8 December

Briddlesford Lodge are hosting their first ever Christmas Market this December, promising an array of quality, Island based exhibitors, selling handcrafted items and gifts.

Their Bluebells Cafe will be serving tasty food from the main menu as well as some special, seasonal favourites and the farm shop will be open for late night shopping.

Here’s to a Wight Christmas! 

 

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13 November 2019

By The Master Mariner in The locals' blogs

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