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Top five Isle of Wight Christmas Markets

The various Christmas markets on the Isle of Wight offer the perfect opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit by treating yourself and picking up some special gifts for friends and family.

Stay in an Isle of Wight holiday cottage and see all of the island’s iconic sights. Whether you stay in Freshwater or Cowes, you’ll be able to get around and see most of the island. Plan a week-long trip or stay for a short break just to relax for a few days before all the festivities kick in. Before you know it, it’ll be New Year.

Escape for a few days before the madness of preparing Christmas Day dinner, wrapping presents and putting up decorations sets in. 


From 30th November to 2nd December, Ventnor is transformed into a winter wonderland at this annual festive event. With a winter carnival, crafts market, ice skating, a lantern parade, Santa's grotto and carol singing, there's so much Christmas cheer in Ventnor for this weekend.

Northwood House Christmas fair

Northwood House makes a pretty, traditional venue for this classic Christmas fair. On 1st and 2nd December you’ll find the house filled with lovely stalls ready for your to complete your Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a couple of bits too.

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

See the splendour of the decorated Christmas trees at the annual festival. This year taking place from 10th to 31st December to get you in the spirit for the big day.

Victorian Christmas at Osborne House

Experience the Victorian spirit of Christmas at Osborne this December. On 1st and 2nd December you'll find the grounds taken over by traditional games, jovial entertainers and a beautiful classic carousel.

Cowes Christmas festival

A Christmas bonanza from 16th to 17th December. With stalls, food and Christmas fun, you’ll be feeling very festive by the end of the weekend. The perfect way to kickstart your seasonal celebrations.


If your island holiday gets you into the festive spirit, plan a Christmas break on the Isle of Wight.

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