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The best Kent & East Sussex Christmas events

22 Nov 2019

Christmas is a magical time of year in Kent & East Sussex as both counties transform into winter wonderlands, coming alive with twinkling lights, festive displays and delectable, seasonal aromas. You and the whole family can discover the spirit of Christmas by visiting the regions’ most enchanting and uplifting destinations,such as, Christmas markets, festive train rides, pantomime performances and Father Christmas's grotto. So why not make the most out of this festive season and discover the best Christmas events happening across Kent & East Sussex.

 

Festivities...

Canterbury on Ice @ Dane John Gardens

Date:   29 November 2019 - 1 January 2020

Time:   Various between 10am and 8pm

Duration: 45 minutes on the ice

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Dane John Gardens is a historic park within Canterbury city's walls, within walking distance of the city centre. The gardens will provide a dramatic backdrop for the ice rink, with twinkling lights and views available from the city wall walkway and top of the ancient mound.  

Getting there by bus... 

Stagecoach runs buses from all around east Kent into Canterbury. There are frequent buses throughout the daytime from most towns and Dane John Gardens is a short walk into the city from the main bus station. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey     planner here

 

Magical Medieval Christmas @ The Canterbury Tales

Date: 14 - 15 December 2019

Time: Various between 10am until 6pm

Duration:  Around 45 minutes

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HELP SAVE FATHER CHRISTMAS!

The Canterbury Tales is hosting festive fun with Father Christmas in a very special time travelling adventure for children...

Your mission, to save Father Christmas whose been transported back in time to the Middle Ages and bring him home in time for Christmas! Young travellers will also get the chance to visit Father Christmas’s grotto and receive a present from the man himself.

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach runs buses from all around east Kent into Canterbury. There are frequent buses throughout the daytime from most towns and The Canterbury Tales is a short walk into the city from the main bus station. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

 

Mother Goose @ The Marlowe Theatre

Date: 28  November 2019 – 12  January 2020

Time: Various between 10:30am and 7pm

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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You’ll be glad to know it’s officially pantomime season! (Oh, no it isn’t. Oh, yes it is!). And this year’s fun-filled, family performance is none other than Mother Goose. So warm up those vocal chords and get ready for some festive audience participation, as the Marlowe Theatre pantomime has a reputation for being one of the biggest and best in the country!

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach runs buses from all around east Kent into Canterbury. There are frequent buses throughout the daytime from most towns and The Marlowe Theatre is a short walk into the city from the main bus station. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

 

 

Christmas Grotto @ Wildwood Trust

Date: 1 December 2019 - 24 Decemeber 2019

Time: 10am until 4pm

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Once again, Santa Claus will be making a pit stop to Wildwood's ever popular Christmas Grotto! The cost per ticket is just £12.50 per child which includes a luxury soft toy, mounted photo and a visit with Santa and his elves.

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach ‘Triangle’ buses serve Wildwood every 15 minutes throughout the day. The buses run from Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

 

Christmas Grotto @ Ashford Park Mall

Date: 26 November 2019 – 24 December 2019

Time: Various between 11am and 5pm

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Meet Father Christmas at Park Mall Grotto!

This Christmas enjoy a cosy grotto, complete with twinkling fairy lights to make special guests, Father Christmas and his helper Elf, feel at home. Children will have the chance to meet the man himself and receive a hand-wrapped gift. Families can find the grotto between The Little Teapot & the Barrow in Park Mall.

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach runs frequent buses into Ashford town centre throughout the day. Park Mall is a short walk from the main town centre bus stops. There are high frequency local buses that connect with trains at the International Rail Station and out of town buses from Maidstone, Tenterden, Romney Marsh, Folkestone, Canterbury and Wye. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

 

Winterland Margate @ Dreamland

Date: 7 December 2019 - 31 December 2019

Time: 2pm - 6pm (12-4pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day)

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Escape to a magical Christmas world down by the sea this December as Dreamland presents Winterland Margate!

Visitors can expect dazzling fairy light walks, a winter market with festive food and drinks, yuletide crafts, free festive film screenings, Christmas trees, wreath making and more. A selection of seasonal rides - Dreamland Drop, Double Decker, Gallopers, Speedway, Chair-O-Plane and Austin Cars - there will also be a special giant Snow Globe!

Getting there by bus...

Dreamland is served by route 8, 8A and 8X buses every 15 minutes during the daytime with buses up to 22:15 in the evening. If you’re travelling from elsewhere in Thanet you can hop on a Thanet Loop bus from Broadstairs, Westwood, Ramsgate or Cliftonville. Buses run about every 8 minutes throughout the day and serve Cecil Street in Margate which is a short walking distance from Dreamland. Other bus routes include:  32, 33, 34 and 37 please see our website to   plan your journey.

 

Jack & The Beanstalk @ Margate Winter Gardens

Date: 5 December 2019 - 8 December 2019

Time: Various between 2pm and 7:30pm

Duration: 2 hours plus interval

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Join in on the hilarious journey up the Beanstalk and the challenges Jack will face to defeat the Giant, get the gold AND the girl!

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach runs frequent buses into Margate throughout the day. The Winter Gardens is a short walk from the main Cecil Square bus stops. There are high frequency local buses until late in the evening on the ‘Loop’ from Westwood, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Out of town buses run every 15 minutes throughout the day (and up to 22:15 on Mondays to Saturdays) from Canterbury, Birchington and Westgate. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

 

Santa Specials @ Kent & East Sussex Railway

Date: 30 November 2019 – 24 December 2019

Time: Various

Duration: 1 hour 10 minute return journey

Santa specials 

Take a magical steam train journey to meet Santa this Christmas

Be prepared to meet Santa on board the festively decorated steam trains, and make sure to keep a look out for his elf helpers with their sacks full of presents! Everyone will receive complimentary refreshments too; a mince pie & choice of soft or alcoholic drink for adults & a soft drink & chocolate bar for children.

Kent & East Sussex Railway will also be putting on a ‘Relaxed Day’ on the 30th November. They’ll be operating a less intensive timetable to welcome individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum or those who will benefit from a more relaxed environment. Rest assured they’ll still be offering the full programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy!

Getting there by bus..

Tenterden Station is just a short walk from The Vine bus stop on Tenterden High Street which is served by buses from Hastings, Ashford and Rye. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

 

Father Christmas @ Bodiam Castle

Date: Weekends 30 November - 22 and 23 December 2019

Time: Various between 10:30am and 12pm

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Enjoy a festive storytelling session and meet Father Christmas in a beautiful medieval castle setting. 

The £10 ticket price includes the Father Christmas experience, a gift for the child and a festive biscuit. 

Getting there by bus..

You’ll need to catch the number 349 bus which runs hourly on Saturdays and every two hours on Sundays. Buses run from Hawkhurst or Hastings and on Sundays from Cranbrook too. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

   

Xmas Crime Tours @ The True Crime Museum

Date: Saturday 7th December 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Duration: 1 hour

 

TCMGet in the fiendish festive spirit as Scrooge guides you through the creepy caverns telling tales of crimes gone by... 

Free mulled wine and mince pie included!

Getting there by bus...

Hastings True Crime Museum is well served by local buses and ‘wave’ route 99 buses from Bexhill and Eastbourne. See our website to   plan your journey.


Christmas Markets...

Whitefriars Canterbury Christmas Market

Date: 22 November 2019 - 24 December 2019

Time: Various

Canterbury MarketOnce again the sparkling Whitefriars Christmas Market returns to get you well and truly into the Christmas spirit. This year, it’s bigger and better than ever with more market stalls and loads of great events including Santa’s arrival on Saturday 30th November and available for pre-booked visits to the Grotto until Christmas Eve.

Enjoy some great Christmas shopping with amazing unique gift ideas, seasonal treats and warming winter drinks & cocktails! 

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach runs buses from all around east Kent into Canterbury. There are frequent buses throughout the daytime from most towns and The Christmas Market is right near the main bus station. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

 

Faversham Christmas Market

Date: 8th, 15th and 22nd December 2019

Time: 10am - 4pm

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The Faversham Christmas Markets have become a popular yearly event and are the place to pick up lovely, locally made gifts and produce, enjoy some festive music and sip a glass or two of mulled wine. The historic Market Place is packed full with stalls selling handmade gifts, toys, clothes, jewellery, crafts and pottery, food and drink. With brass bands, carol singing and donkeys; there is simple something for everyone!  

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach bus route 3/3X serves Faversham town centre. On Saturdays you can get buses into Faversham every hour from Sittingbourne and every 15 minutes from Canterbury. On Sundays buses run hourly from Canterbury. The Market Place is a short walk from the Newton Road Library bus stop which is the stop you’ll need to get off the bus if you’re coming from Canterbury. From Sittingbourne and Bysingwood you’ll need to alight at the Court Street bus stop right next to the Market. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

 

Meads Magic @ Eastbourne

Date: 29th November 2019

Time: 2:30pm – 7pm

 

Mulled wineMeads Magic is a popular Festive Street Market held in Eastbourne. The high street is closed and filled with activities and fun for all the family. The street is lined with market stalls selling handcrafted goods, perfect for Christmas gifts. There will be choirs from the local schools as well as live music, special events and festive activities too! 

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach bus route 3/3A serve The Meads from Eastbourne town centre. There are four buses per hour up to 6.30pm. Eastbourne town centre is served by buses from far and wide so you can always connect with the 3/3A bus in the town centre. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.