With the looming threat of Storm Arwen, many Christmas markets have been canceled today.

Winds of up to 100 mph hit Scotland and snow even landed in Kent.

But somehow Folkestone had blue skies and sunny weather on the first day of its new Christmas market opening.

READ MORE: Images show Kent blanketed in snow as Storm Arwen causes travel chaos

So I already felt like I had found gold when I arrived at the Folkestone Festive Market.



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It is located in the old Folkestone Harbor Station, overlooking white cliffs and magnificent ocean views.

The harbor is also home to trendy bars and restaurants, making it the perfect location for a trendy market.

This is different from the typical Bavarian market. There is no fake snow on the outlines of the fake huts in the winter village.

Instead, the huts are painted black, except for the pink and neon green outlines.




It sounds like something of a dance music festival rather than a Christmas market.

Also, the choice of bars and food is not your typical Christmas fare.



The stands are Mexican, Argentinian, Dutch and Greek.

Being a huge fan of Mexican food, I couldn’t resist the Taco Shack.




For £ 10, you can get three tacos in different flavors, including a great choice for veggies and vegans.

I had the fried chicken, pork and shrimp tacos and was amazed at the quality and the right amount in terms of quantity.




But that doesn’t mean there isn’t classic Christmas cheer in the air.

There are dozens of craft stalls selling everything from Christmas decorations to high-quality skateboards.

As you wander through space, classics such as Frank Sinatra rub shoulders with avant-garde Christmas jazz tunes.




Some Christmas markets, like in Manchester or London, will have huge bars with a very limited beer selection.

It’s a small market compared to the bigger ones, but with a much greater selection of locally brewed beers.

Additionally, most of the stalls are local in the town of Folkestone which is a boon for local businesses and means you can spend without feeling guilty as you are contributing to the local community.




The landscape overlooking the port is breathtaking.

However, the only criticism is that it is so close to the ocean that it is also blown by the wind.

On a particularly windy day like today, it was very visible that on returning to town, far from the port, it was significantly warmer despite a dark and stormy autumn day.

But regardless, the natural beauty of the area more than makes up for the freshness of the air.

I have been to many Christmas markets across the country and it can definitely hold up.

If anyone is in the East Kent area, it could do a lot worse than get in the holiday mood at this quirky and chic market.

As I walked back to the station, the sky opened and a rain fell.

But even if it was raining, I would go back anyway.