Christmas events in Kent: Festive things to do 2019
PUBLISHED: 11:17 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 14:26 20 August 2020
From ice skating to cake decorating and wandering through festive markets, there are lots of fabulous festive events in Kent this year to get you in the Christmas spirit
- World Cribs (6 to 11 Dec)
A unique exhibition of more than 100 cribs from around the globe, collected by the author and broadcaster Libby Purves. Proceeds to the Children's Society.
Tickets: Donation on the door. St Peter & Paul, Sittingbourne ME9 8JS
- Twilight Christmas (6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 23 Dec)
Take a magical journey down the rabbit hole and into the enchanting world of Alice in Wonderland at twilight and see the castle grounds illuminated. Pre-book only.
Tickets: Free to £17.75. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
- Christmas Fayre (7 Dec)
Fun for all the family with a Santa's Grotto, children's activities, gifts, toys and festive decorations. Proceeds to the Heart of Kent Hospice.
Tickets: donations welcomed. 01622 790195. Preston Hall, Aylesford ME20 7PU
- The Giving Tree (Until 23 Dec)
Donate a gift to local disadvantaged children and spread some festive goodwill. Visit the giant tree, grab a tag with a child's name and age, then head back with your chosen gift.
Tickets: www.bluewater.co.uk. Bluewater, Greenhithe DA9 9ST
- Afternoon Tea (Until 24 Dec)
With freshly made scones, traditional cakes and home-made sandwiches, festive afternoon tea is a delight at Salomons Estate.
Tickets: £16.50-£20.50pp. 01892 515152. Salomons Estate, Tun Wells TN3 0TG
- Festive Feathers (Until 1 Jan 2020)
Write your Christmas dream on a feather in a room of winged wishes, where shimmering duckling eggs ready to hatch nestle under the tree. Spot the signature Leeds Castle black swan among the decorations.
Tickets: included with admission price. 01622 765400. Leeds Castle, Maidstone ME17 1PL
- Bedgebury lights (Until 30 Dec)
The after-dark sparkling trail is illuminated, including the Tunnel of Light, and a one-mile path which winds magically through the Pinetum. Can you spot Santa and his elves along the way?
Tickets: £18 to £54 (family). 0844 995 1365. Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst TN17 2SJ