What better way to spend the lead up to Christmas than by visiting a Christmas market! There’s something about them that makes me get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Is it the smell of fresh doughnuts, the scent of cinnamon or the joyful laughter coming from all the children running around? Maybe it’s all three because let’s be honest, it’s all pretty exciting.
The Christmas markets at Leeds Castle are open from November 23rd until December 15th. You do not have to pay any extra to experience this magnificent event. It’s all included in the castles general admission which I’d like to mention is a ‘Pay once and visit all year round’ kind of thing. That means that not only can you enjoy Christmas at the castle but you can also enjoy every other holiday too. They have so many different events all year round so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth here.
Who doesn’t love a traditional fairground? even if you aren’t a fan of the rides. It’s all about the bright colours, lights, and sounds that fill you up with excitement. Leeds Castle has a fantastic fairground with such a variety of different rides to choose from. The thing I loved most was that there was something for everyone. Whether you had a small child or you are a bit of a thrill-seeker, they had quite a lot for all ages. Lexie is only 6 months old and she still was able to get involved in so much.
We went on the polar express and took a trip down to Candy Cane Lane. We felt super sick spinning around on the teacups and finally finished off with Lexie’s favourite the carousel. The whole family fully emerged themselves and had so much fun. Which was really lovely to see especially as it was Lexies first time.
We spent most of our time wandering around the markets as there were about 50 or so to look at (maybe even more). I won’t deny that when it came to the hot food stools, it was all quite expensive. You are looking at around £8 per meal but you could tell it was all fantastic quality. They only had the best food at Leeds Castle this year. If money is your main concern you could always bring yourself some food. It may be colder now but there’s nothing wrong with a winter picnic.
My favourite place was the Chocolate Cabin. Here is where I spent the majority of my money and to be quite honest most of my time. We ordered melted marshmallows on top of waffles which were then coated in whichever type of chocolate you wanted. of course, I went for the white chocolate strawberry flavour and it was delicious.
There were stools selling seasonal gifts, toys, and many different types of festive decorations. I actually managed to buy a few Christmas gifts for my friends and family whilst there. Looking locally for Christmas gifts has always been something I have done and will continue to do. Some of the best quality products I’ve ever bought have come from independent stores rather than the well-known retailers we all know off.
There’s nothing better than introducing your child to Father Christmas for the first time. Although, Alexis is only 6 months and probably a little too young. We didn’t see Santa this time but it was magical seeing all the other kids getting so excited to meet him. Leeds Castle provides a magical Father Christmas experience which is well and truly worth the money. The grotto was like nothing you’d ever have seen before. It wasn’t your cliche shopping centre trip, this actually made you feel like you were at the north pole. There were snowmen, penguins, snowflakes and so much more. It really was decorated so beautifully.
Magical Birds And Festive Feathers
Leaving the best to last with their fantastic magical birds and festive feathers display. Each room inside the castle had been transformed into its own winter wonderland. Start your journey through the magnificent Castle with a magical forest of owls to red-breasted robins surrounded by glittering snowdrops. Experience a lavishly dressed banqueting table, laid for a Christmas feast, as you continue through to the beautiful Lady Baillie’s Bedroom, where there is a variety of treasures to spot amongst Christmas garlands. Write your Christmas dream on a feather in a room of winged wishes and experience shimmering duckling eggs ready to hatch under the tree, with the signature Leeds Castle black swan among decorations of silver and gold.
Christmas Markets have always been a Christmas tradition for our family. Each year we visit a new one, some local and some further afield. Do you have any special traditions in your household? If so, make sure to share them below as I’d love to hear more.
*We were kindly gifted these tickets to the Leeds Castle Christmas Market, however, all opinions are my own. I like to believe the pictures used in this post are enough proof that we all had such a fantastic time.