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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. 


Christmas Market in the Hall

This local Christmas market is a great way to spend a Saturday if you’re staying near Wootton Bridge. Pick up local crafts and produce to add a homemade touch to your Christmas shopping. Visit on the 4th, 11th, and 18th November and 2nd December.


Northwood House Christmas fair

Northwood House makes a pretty, traditional venue for this classic Christmas fair. On 26th November 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.


The Wight Festival of Christmas

A pre-Christmas festival to sink your teeth into. Get into the festive spirit with mulled wine, mince pies, Santa’s grotto and much more. From 25th to 26th November, find the Wight Festival of Christmas at 1Leisure Medina in Newport.


Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

Not strictly a Christmas market but a special seasonal event that you won’t want to miss. See this spectacular island tradition from 7th to 10th December.


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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