The festive season is well and truly upon us and the Isle of Wight is transforming into a sparkling winter wonderland. With an abundance of bustling markets and festivals to choose from across the island, this is a great opportunity to pick up some locally made gifts for someone special (or yourself!).
Whether you’d like to visit a big traditional street market or a smaller festive fair, don your winter woollies and head on over to one of these Christmas markets on the Isle of Wight.
I love Wight Christmas Market at The Garlic Farm
When: 24th - 25th November
Where: The Garlic Farm, Sandown
There’s something for everyone’s Christmas list at the I Love Wight Christmas Market. From bespoke handmade jewellery to wood crafts and leather goods, the stalls are bursting with beautiful artisan gifts. Pick up a mulled wine to sip on your way around and be entertained by island musicians playing in the courtyard.
When: 30th November - 2nd December
Where: Various locations in Ventnor
Presided over by the Grinch himself, the spirit of Dr Seuss comes to Ventnor town at this fun annual Christmas event. Traditional wooden chalets offer unique local produce, plus there’s a glittering ice rink, children’s rides, Santa’s Grotto, carol singing, a Santa Dash on the beach and a winter carnival lantern parade through the twinkling streets.
Northwood House Christmas Fair
When: 1st - 2nd December
Where: Northwood House in Cowes
Featuring over 30 stalls, Northwood House is an atmospheric venue for this classic Christmas fair in Cowes. Peruse quality fare from Isle of Wight producers to find one-of-a-kind stocking fillers and bring the children along to visit Santa Claus in his grotto. Four-legged family members aren’t left out of the festive fun either as Santa Paws will be making an appearance - you can even take home a souvenir photo of the experience. When you need a break from shopping, relax with seasonal refreshments in the café.
Victorian Christmas at Osborne House
When: 1st - 2nd December
Where: Osborne House in East Cowes
Take a trip back in time and experience the Victorian spirit of Christmas at Osborne House, complete with a dusting of snow and an original carousel. Explore the enchanting grounds engulfed by stalls offering figgy pudding and roasted chestnuts; have a go at traditional games such as the coconut shy; watch the jesters putting on fire-breathing shows; marvel at the skilful Victorian Falconer and join in with the carol singers before taking the little ones to meet Father Christmas and even Queen Victoria!
Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
When: 6th- 9th December
Where: Across seven venues in Brighstone
What could possibly be more festive than wandering around over 200 lovingly decorated ‘themed’ Christmas trees? The spectacular Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival draws in a merry crowd every year with a myriad of family-friendly attractions and entertainment, followed by a special 'Lights of Love' carol service in Brighstone Church. Expect craft fairs, handbell ringing, lace making demonstrations and plenty of mulled wine!
Godshill Christmas Market
When: 8th December
Where: Various locations, Godshill Village
Celebrate the season with a visit to the Godshill Christmas Market, home to over 40 stalls packed with gift ideas. Hot chocolate and warm mince pie in hand, enjoy vintage amusements, local choirs, a Santa’s Grotto and a children’s treasure hunt around the glittering village.
Why not have a browse of our Christmas cottages on the Isle of Wight and start planning your Yuletide holiday? With many of our properties boasting roaring log fires, cosy blankets and well-equipped kitchens, you’ll discover the perfect setting to gather the family and celebrate this special time of year. Don’t forget to pack your Christmas jumper!
Dates are correct at the time of publishing; however, they are subject to change.