Christmas events in Kent 2017

by Lauren Abbott

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. 

Youngsters will be transported back in time for a Magical Medieval Christmas.

Youngsters will be transported back in time for a Magical Medieval Christmas.

 

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

Tickets for Bluewater's Christmas experiences are now on sale

Bluewater prepares to launch its festive season

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

The Frosted Fairground at Dreamland Margate

The Frosted Fairground at Dreamland Margate

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.

Snow tubing at Betteshanger this Christmas

Snow tubing at Betteshanger this Christmas

 

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

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. 

The National Trust is encouraging families to step outside this Christmas©National Trust Images Chris Lacey

The National Trust is encouraging families to step outside this Christmas ©National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

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.

Choir performances will be included in this year's Santa Saturdays

Choir performances will be included in this year's Santa Saturdays

 

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

Enchanted Lantern Festival at Walmer Castle

Enchanted Lantern Festival at Walmer Castle

 

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

Which way to the North Pole

Which way to the North Pole?

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

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