Christmas market breaks in Guernsey

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Christmas Market Breaks in Guernsey

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Experience Guernsey’s Christmas markets and book one of our Guernsey holiday packages with a choice of accommodation and ferry travel included. The following 2018 taster offers are inclusive of taking your car:

2 star rating
St Peter Port
3rd night FREE until 20 Dec
£195

four star rating
St Saviour
3rd night FREE until 20 Dec
£205

four star rating
St Peter Port
3rd night FREE until 20 Dec
£219

Christmas Festivities in St Peter Port

St Peter Port’s quaint cobbled streets decorated with pretty Christmas lights and markets full to the brim with seasonal goodies, make Guernsey a lovely place to take Christmas market breaks, capture some festive spirit and stock up on gifts. No VAT and low duty mean value for money and the variety of shops include high street favourites, department stores and specialist boutiques. Towards the Old Quarter lie the winding streets of Mansell and Mill Street where antique and craft shops offer up unique purchases.

Christmas events in Guernsey start from 25 November and continue through December. For more information on this year’s Christmas festivities and dates take a look at our Christmas blog.

Christmas Lights Switch On

In St Peter Port, Christmas begins when Father Christmas arrives by lifeboat, usually on the last Saturday in November, to switch on the Christmas lights. Parading through the town centre accompanied by tunes from the Scout Band and a host of children’s characters, he makes his way to the Square where carol singers welcome him with the grand switch on of the Christmas lights.

Father Christmas also arrives at The Bridge in St Sampson, on the north of the island, where he will switch on the Christmas lights.

Late Night Christmas Shopping

There are two main shopping areas on the island. St Peter Port is Guernsey’s main town and has a wonderful festive atmosphere. Beautifully decorated market stalls line the cobbled streets and spill with artisan goodies whilst the twinkling lights and carol singers capture the festive spirit. The Bridge area in St Sampson is also a small shopping area.

Guernsey’s shops traditionally open from 9am – 5.30pm and close on Sundays. As Christmas approaches, the shops in St Peter Port stay open on Thursday evenings until 9pm and on Tuesday evenings until 9pm in St Sampson.

Markets

Find original presents including locally hand painted plates, hand made soaps, Guernsey stamps, jewellery, Christmas hampers, cushions and linen with the Guernsey lily motif and other unique hand crafted items at the Craft Market in Market Square each Saturday from the time of the Christmas light switch on. 

A traditional ‘Fresh Fridays’ market runs throughout the year in Market Square, moving indoors to Market Buildings during the winter months. Open Fridays from 8.30am – 2.30pm, this is the market to go for for fresh produce. For the Farmer’s and Fisherman’s Market go to St Martin’s Parish Hall on Saturday’s from 9am – 12pm where you’ll find locally caught fish, Guernsey reared meat produce and home made treats whilst St Peter’s Community Market takes place on Wednesdays from 10 – 11am in the Community Hut behind St Peter’s Post Office.

Late night shopping in St Peter Port

New shop sign at Christmas in Guernsey

Singing at the Christmas stalls in St Peter Port

Traditional treats

  • Folk & Costume Museum open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
  • 26 Cornet Street open Thursday – Saturday 10am – 4pm with late night opening on Thursdays until 8pm

If you’re looking for some traditional festive treats such as sugar mice, wooden toys and games, chutneys, jams, curds and honeys then visit Saumarez Park where you’ll find the The National Trust for Guernsey’s Folk & Costume Museum. Stop by the café which will be open on shopping days.

Unique and charming gifts can also be found at The National Trust for Guernsey’s Victorian Shop and Parlour at 26 Cornet Street in St Peter Port. Stocking traditional items such as heritage seeds and potato guns to tea caddies and knitted owls, you’ll be sure to find plenty of unusual and bespoke items.

Free Christmas shopping trip to Herm

Christmas trips to Herm are free with Travel Trident!

During November and December

  • Saturday departures at 8.30am, 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm and 4pm
  • Sunday departures at 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm and 4pm

If you plan to take a weekend trip over to Guernsey then when the shops are shut on Sundays, why not enjoy a Christmassy trip to Herm where you can shop to the sounds of carol singers, take a windswept walk around the beautiful island and then get cosy in the pub before heading back to Guernsey. If you depart and return on the same day the trip will be free!

Blue Christmas lights in St Peter Port

Tree of Joy Christmas lights in Guernsey

Christmas stall in St Peter Port, Guernsey