For an island that is only 25 square miles, Guernsey offers an incredible number of things to see, places to discover, and activities to take part in. This winter is no exception, with everything from craft markets to music festivals to the traditional Christmas Wonderland taking place on the island, and within easy reach of both The Duke of Richmond Hotel, and Old Government House Hotel & Spa in St Peter Port. We’ve selected our favourite Guernsey events over the Christmas period and into the New Year, to help narrow it down a little.
Craft Markets in Market Square, St Peter Port
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas market, look no further. This annual craft market displays everything from the usual Christmas hampers and handcrafted jewellery to handmade bath products and prints of the beautiful Guernsey coastlines. All locally sourced and made, this Guernsey event has grown year on year, so there’s no excuse to put off the Christmas shopping.
Every Saturday from 29th November – 20th December 2014.
Making a Mark at Brian White Gallery
The Making a Mark exhibition at Brain White Gallery in the Guernsey Museum at Candie focuses on artistic expression through mark making, exploring a variety of media including painting, printing and sculpting. Wander through Victorian watercolours and Egyptian funerary paintings, before heading to their Discovery Room, where you can try out mark making yourself.
Until Wednesday, 31st December 2014.
Bachmann Christmas Wonderland
One for the children, local family the Bachmanns welcome you into their winter wonderland in the beautiful gardens of their St Saviour’s home for a night of festive fun. Enjoy an array of Christmassy foods (and warming punch for the adults), while the kids can meet Santa and join in with some carol singing. All proceeds go to charity, making this one of the best Guernsey events to soak up some Christmas spirit.
Wednesday, 3rd December 2014.
Normandie Market, St Peter Port
The visiting Normandie Market has become a favourite among locals and tourists alike, providing a variety of delicious French produce including cheeses, breads, crepes and olives, traditional lace and cashmere clothing, and handmade pottery. Sample a selection of Normandy cider and wine as you browse for the perfect stocking fillers and Christmas Eve nibbles.
Saturday, 6th December & Sunday, 7th December 2014.
The Bridge Photography Project, Guernsey Museum
This photographic exhibition, titled simply ‘The Bridge Photography Project’, will take place at the Guernsey Museum at Candie and focus on the ‘industrial north’, St Sampson’s Harbour. Imagined and executed over the past three years by local photographers Rob King and Adam Prosser, the series depicts the gradual yet inevitable change of workers and local characters in this close community. After viewing the works, why not head over to one of the St Sampson’s cafes, a social hub where, according to the artists themselves, the people ‘always have time for a chat.’ It’s a wonder they get any work done.
Friday, 30th January – Sunday, 8th March 2015.
Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society 2014
The Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society present their annual Christmas concert, performed against the beautiful backdrop of the St James Concert Hall. There’s something for everyone’s tastes, with the line-up set to include Haydn’s Harmonie Mass alongside Vaughan Williams’ fantasia on Christmas carols. Relax as you listen to the stunning orchestral scores, and give your feet a rest after all that Christmas shopping.
Friday, 19th December & Saturday, 20th December 2014.
Header Image: St Sampsons © States of Guernsey