Christmas events in Kent 2017
Kent is once again packed full of Christmas events this December.
From grotto experiences to markets, ice rinks to Christmas tree festivals there is something for every family to enjoy.
And with Christmas Day over in a flash - all the more reason to take in some of the other activities the county has to offer in the run up to the big day.
The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury
A Magical Medieval Christmas and a time travelling adventure awaits visitors to The Canterbury Tales this December.
Young adventures are needed to rescue Santa from the middle ages. To find out how, click here.
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe
Mr Crumble the Christmas Chef is running Bluewater's grotto this year by the lake in the West Village. There is also festive food and drink and ice skating. More here.
Frosted Fairground, Dreamland Margate
The Snowman and The Snowdog will be among the special visitors to Dreamland Margate's Frosted Fairground this Christmas.
Fun, food, entertainment and music will form the fairground's festive plans. Full details of which can be found here.
Betteshanger Park, near Deal
Snow tubing and 100 metres of snow caves come to the country park for Christmas. The action packed activities run from Thursday, December 21 until Monday, January 1. For all the details click here.
Herne Bay Pier will get a merry makeover ready to welcome families for festive fun this December. Every weekend, a traditional Christmas Market of stalls offering gifts, crafts, produce and more will line the pier. The pier’s 30-permanent huts will be open too offering everything from fashion to champagne and oysters – making for a memorable Christmas shopping experience. There will also be a giant snowglobe, Santa's grotto, a magnificent Christmas tree and visiting reindeer for families. Events take place between December 2 and 23.
National Trust properties, various locations
Emmetts Garden, Knole, Ightam Mote and Scotney Castle all have family friendly festive events. From trails to miniature markets and even a visit from Santa the county's properties have something for every family looking to step into the Christmas and the great outdoors. For all the details click here.
Forum Shopping Centre, Sittingbourne
Santa Saturdays are returning to The Forum in December. There will be singing, arts, crafts, activities as well as a chance for a free meet and greet with the man himself. All the details here.
Walmer Castle and Gardens
Step into the castle's award winning gardens after dark and experiencing its magical lantern festival taking place between December 15 and 18. For all the details click here.
Santa Specials by rail
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway and Kent and East Sussex Railway are all running special Santra railway rides this December.
Alongside the return train ride, most include a chance to meet Santa and the elves, refreshments and a special gift for children.
For all the details and ticket information click here.