Your Guide to Christmas Shopping in Kent

Christmas in Kent is just glorious, especially when it snows and the streets of Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells are dusted with a light smattering of snow. Unfortunately, Christmas ‘tis the season when we have to traipse around the shops looking for last-minute gifts for family and friends. After all, there is only so much one can buy on eBay and Amazon, and with Christmas delivery services not always reliable, it is usually better to buy gifts in person. So what are your options if you have some Christmas shopping to do in Kent?

Decide on a Budget

Before you rush out with a bunch of credit cards in your wallet, decide in advance how much you want to spend. For small gifts, a handy contactless debit card is ideal, but if you need to splash out on a designer dress at the McArthurGlen Outlet in Ashford, consider taking out a loan from Once you have a budget in mind, prepare a list of who-needs-what for Christmas, as it will save a lot of time. OK, now we are ready to hit the shops, where are the best places to go in Kent?

McArthurGlen Outlet in Ashford


The McArthurGlen Outlet in Ashford is your go-to place for big brand designer gear at a discount price. All the big names are here, including Calvin Klein, Molton Brown, and Lindt. You can stock up on lingerie for her, a new shirt for him, and some sweet treats for the kids. Basically, you can do all of your Christmas shopping under one roof and stay nice and warm at the same time. It’s a great place to get your Christmas shopping done, plus there is plenty of free parking. What more do you need?

Tunbridge Wells


The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells is a 17th century market area. You will find a range of unique shops here, which is perfect if you are looking for an extra-special gift for a loved one. Browse little independent boutiques and craft shops before stopping for a latte in one of the many artisan coffee shops.

The Royal Victoria Place is full of big brand names like Monsoon and Superdry. There is also a Christmas market over the festive period.



Historic Canterbury is wonderful at any time of the year, but at Christmas time it turns into a magical winter wonderland. The Christmas market is fun for all the family. Explore the festive cabins full of gifts, hot food and mulled wine. The kids will also enjoy visiting Santa in his Grotto.

If the weather is not so good, check out the shops at the Whitefriars Shopping Centre. You’ll find more than 70 different outlets here, including favourites such as Top Shop and Fenwicks.

Bluewater Shopping Centre


If you want to do a festive shopping bonanza, head to the Bluewater Shopping Centre; it’s the largest one in the UK and if you can’t find what you are looking for here, abandon hope because it probably doesn’t exist.

Happy Holidays!

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