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Where and when to see Christmas lights switch-on events in Kent

PUBLISHED: 15:21 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:21 16 November 2017

Christmas light switch-on events in Kent (photo: Richard Semik, Thinkstock)

Christmas light switch-on events in Kent (photo: Richard Semik, Thinkstock)

© Richard Semik

Across Kent towns and cities will be celebrating the spirit of Christmas and lighting up the streets to herald the start of the festive season. Here is your guide for where to be to enjoy the festivities

Where: Ashford, town centre

When: Saturday 18th November, festive activities 11.30am to 4.30pm

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Where: Broadstairs, Pierremont Park

When: Saturday 2nd December, 5pm. Festive fayre from 11.30am to 6pm

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Where: Canterbury, St George’s Street

When: Thursday 16th November, 6.30pm. Live music and entertainment 5pm to 7pm

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Where: Chatham, junction of Meeting House Lane and Chatham High Street

When: Friday 17th November, 5pm. Entertainment from 3.45pm. Full details

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Where: Deal, High Street

When: Friday 17th November, 7.30pm. Live music from 6pm, Father Christmas arrives at 7pm. Full details

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Where: Faversham, Market Place

When: Saturday 25th November, 5pm. Night market 6pm to 10pm. Full details

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Where: Folkestone, Creative Quarter

When: Friday 17th November, 5.30pm

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Where: Gillingham, High Street

When: Friday 24th November, 5pm. Entertainment from 3.45pm. Full details

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Where: Gravesend, Community Square

When: Friday 17th November, from 4.30pm. Full details

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Where: Paddock Wood, Commercial Rd

When: Sunday 26th November, from 3pm. More details

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Where: Rainham, shopping centre

When: Friday 1st December, 5pm

Highlights: family entertainment from 3.45pm with the town’s Deupty Mayor switching the lights on at around 5pm. Don’t miss Paddington who will be making an appearance at Rainham Library at 2pm (booking essential, 01634 337799). Event page

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Where: Ramsgate, town centre

When: Sunday 26th November, midday to 5pm, switch on 4pm

Highlights: choir, singers and pantomime personalities, land train, snow machine, Santa’s grotto, craft fair with stalls, fairground rides, lantern making for winter procession. Ramsgate Town website

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Where: Rochester, High Street and Blue Boar Lane junction

When: Saturday 18th November, 5pm

Highlights: entertainment from midday, Santa Fun Run at 2pm, more entertainment from 3.45pm with lights being switched on at 5pm. Christmas in Medway Facebook page for full details

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Where: Sandwich, Guildhall

When: Saturday 25th November, 7pm.

Highlights: festive craft stalls will be in the Guildhall’s Main Hall from 10am. Live entertainment from 3pm. Light switch on at 7pm. Event page

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Where: Sevenoaks, High Street

When: Friday 24th November, 7.30pm

Highlights: Entertainment from 6pm with Santa’s grotto, festive stalls, fairground rides and reindeer. Event page

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Where: Sheerness, High Street and The Broadway

When: Saturday 2nd December, time TBC

Highlights: Christmas market throughout the day, Santa Run, annual lantern parade with light switch on. Event page

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Where: Tenterden, High Street

When: from Friday 24th November, 5.30pm

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Where: Westerham

When: Friday 1st December, 6.30pm

Highlights: food stalls, Christmas tree festival, late night shopping 6pm to 9pm. Event page

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Where: Westgate-on-Sea

When: Sunday 3rd December, 4.30pm

Highlights: a fun fair, live entertainment throughout the day from 11am to 5pm, with the switch-on happening at 4.30pm. Event page

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Where: West Malling

When: Sunday 19th November, 5pm

Highlights: live reindeer, an ice rink, Santa’s grotto, street food, mulled wine, festive stalls from 12pm to 5.30pm. Light switch on at 5pm. Events page

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If we have missed your event, contact Samuel.Mathewson@archant.co.uk

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