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Whats to do in Kent this Christmas

With Christmas on the way, Kent is celebrating with a plethora of festive concerts and events throughout December. There are activities for the whole family to enjoy as well as the odd opportunity for parents to head out for the evening by themselves to recharge and rediscover the Christmas spirit of their childhood. Here’s what’s on in Kent in December 2017.


No list of Christmas events in Kent is complete without the inclusion of pantomime. Our picks for this year are Cinderella at Folkestone’s Leas Cliff Hall and Peter Pan at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

Staged between the 13-30 December, Cinderella is produced by the creative team behind last year’s successful Jack and the Beanstalk. With stunning costumes, special effects and exciting choreography, the show promises to be fun for all the family. Peter Pan features a star-studded cast headed up by Shaun Williamson as Captain Hook. Joining him are Coronation Street star Wendi Peters and Gemma Hunt from CBeebies’ Swashbuckle. The panto runs from 24 November 2017 to 14 January 2018.


Shopping for Christmas gifts or decorations? A host of Christmas markets are taking place across the county. One of the most popular is Leeds Castle’s market, set on the Cedar Lawn and overlooked by the castle. Taste the seasonal food and drink, shop for toys, gifts and accessories, and meet the resident reindeer and birds of prey.

In the centre sits a Victorian carousel that both adults and children can enjoy, as well as a big wheel, which offers splendid views of the estate. Inside the castle, you can discover the origins of Christmas traditions such as cards and crackers.

If it’s festive food you’re after, Tunbridge Wells’ farmer’s market has its Christmas event on 21 December, and is an opportunity to buy those last minute goodies such as cheese and pâtés, cakes and wines.

Meet Santa

Christmas is an extra special time of year for children, and meeting Santa is one of the highlights. Between 2 – 24 December, kids can meet Father Christmas in his Neverland themed grotto at Whitefriars in Canterbury. Costing just £4 per child, it’s a chance for them to get an early gift and look at some of the crafts on display.

Christmas past

For an historical experience, head to Dover Castle to discover what Christmas was like during the Second World War. Help a family support the war effort while making do over the festive season, or attend a vintage tea dance.

Ightham Mote will be celebrating Christmas past too, with characters from Victorian and 1950s Christmas visiting the house. There’ll also be festive music and a trail for children over the weekend of 2 – 3 December.

A place to stay

If you’re planning Christmas days out in Kent this winter, why not stop at The Marquis at Alkham for a delicious lunch or afternoon tea with your family? Our menus feature mouth-watering dishes that feature the best local produce. Contact us today to book.