Your essential guide to what's on in Kent this December

PUBLISHED: 09:17 05 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:27 20 February 2013

Your essential guide to what's on in Kent this December

Your essential guide to what's on in Kent this December

From ice skating to concerts, carols, pantos and of course the man in red himself - top days out in Kent

Whats on in Kent this December



16 Nov-13 Jan 2013


Winter Wonderland


Christmas is coming, as if you hadnt guessed, and what better place to drink in the festive atmosphere than in one of Kents premier shopping destinations. Skate around the ice rink, enjoy the magic of a snowfall and pay Santa a visit in his workshop.


Tickets: From free to various


0870 777 0252


Bluewater, Greenhithe


Satnav: DA9 9ST



18 Nov, 2 and 9 Dec


Light Up A Life


All are invited to join up and celebrate, reflect upon and dedicate a light to the life of a loved one lost.


Tickets: Free


St Marys Church, West Malling


The Friars Aylesford


Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone



23 Nov-24 Dec


Ice skating/Father Christmas


Father Christmas and his helpful little elves will be welcoming families to a cosy cabin. As well as enjoying a meet and greet with Santa, visitors can also enjoy a spot of ice skating. The rink returns to the park only bigger and better.


Tickets: 9.50 (Father Christmas); from 7.50 (ice skating)


01892 554645


Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells


Satnav: TN1 1QY



28 Nov-1 Dec


Private Peaceful


Set against the backdrop of the battlefields of the First World War, follow the fortunes of Tommo and his brother Charlie as they venture from their childhood home in Devon to the Somme.


Tickets: 5


01732 304241


EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge


Satnav: TN9 1JP



30 Nov-2 Dec


Festival of Christmas Trees


The Tree Festival is a celebration of that most traditional of decorations. With more than 80 trees displayed, St Marys will become a magical and beautiful place to spend an evening.


St Marys Church, Westerham


Satnav: TN16 1AS



23 Nov-24 Feb 2013


Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne


Focusing on the work of the Canterbury-based picture book artist Anthony Browne, visitors will be immersed in his fabulous world. Anthony will also feature in Kent Life February 2013.


Tickets: From 4


01227 378 100


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury


Satnav: CT1 2RA



1 and 2 Dec


Artisan Makers Market


Hand-made crafts and unique gifts, just perfect for Chrimbo


Tickets: Free


01227 378 100


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury


Satnav: CT1 2RA



1-24 Dec


Christmas at the Castle


The magic of Christmas comes alive at Hever. With traditionally decorated rooms, twinkling lights and roaring log fires, there is a certain romantic feel as you wander from room to room, and then outside into the gardens a true winter wonderland.


01732 865224


Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge


Satnav: TN8 7NG



1 and 2 Dec


Dickensian Christmas Festival


Held annually since 1988, this Dickensian-themed event helps the streets come alive with entertainment, readings, song, and dance. Lamp-lit parades, costumed characters, carol singing and festive stalls will also be setting the scene.


Tickets: Free


Rochester



Every weekend in Dec


Santa Specials


Santas Grotto, sumptuous Christmas lunches, seasonal story-telling and some early Christmas presents await those who hop aboard the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.


Tickets: 16 (18 22, 23, 24 Dec)


01797 362353


Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, New Romney


Satnav: TN28 8PL



Throughout Dec


Santa Specials


Meet Father Christmas on board the Kent & East Sussex Railway this year. Also, look out for Santas little pixies; they will be laden with gifts and goodies for all those on the trains.


Tickets: 14.50 to 21


01580 765155


Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden


Satnav: TN30 6HE



2, 6, 7, 8 Dec


Experience Christmas/The Most Wonderful Time of Year


Tickets: Free (Experience Christmas), 6 (The Most Wonderful Time of Year)


Explore the Christmas story with family, friends and your local community. Make, do, imagine, ponder, reflect, and, above all, get involved. Also, see a festive theatre performance.


01732 770962


St Peter and St Pauls Church and St Philips Church, Tonbridge


Satnav: TN9 1HD



2 Dec


RTWSO Concert


This Christmas concert, conducted by Roderick Dunk, will contain a stocking-full of seasonal surprises by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, plus music by the legendary film composer John Williams. Violinist Nicola Benedetti will be taking centre stage.


Tickets: 11 to 20


01892 530613


Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells


Satnav: TN1 2LU



3 Dec


Keane


Following huge worldwide success with their fifth consecutive number one album Strangeland, Keane is coming to Kent. Book now.


Tickets: 29.50


01843 292 795


Margate Winter Gardens, Margate


Satnav: CT9 1HX



5-7 Dec


A Christmas Carol


A brand-new musical version of this festive ghost story will be a spellbinding winter-warmer, we promise.


Tickets: 12 to 46


01843 292795/ 01843 296111


Theatre Royal, Margate


Satnav: CT9 1PW



7 Dec


Festive Concert


Piano virtuoso David Rees Williams and Martin Hall Nicholls will perform a varied selection of music, including many old favourites.


Tickets: 10


01892 750845 or 01892 750665


Frant Church, Frant


Satnav: TN3 9DX



7 Dec


Cancionero Christmas Concert


Rejoice and be merry at this festive time of year. Lute, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy and rebec offer an alternative sound to welcome Christmas this year. Thanks to the unusual choice of instruments, many festive favourites will be given an unusual twist.


Tickets: 8, 4 (children)


07802 752995


All Saints Church, Tudeley


Satnav: TN11 0NZ



From 8 Dec


Santas Grotto


Visitors can snap up a number of gifts and goodies at this popular attraction. You can also enjoy some pleasant refreshments, and meet the Man in Red as well. Perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas.


Tickets: Contact venue


01233 861493


Rare Breeds Centre, Ashford


Satnav: TN26 3RJ



9 Dec


Bordeaux Gala Dinner


This exclusive event includes a welcome drink with canaps, followed by a five-course Gala dinner, designed especially for the evening. Dress is black tie. Make sure you book your ticket.


Tickets: 92


01892 526455


Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells


Satnav: TN1 2LY



12-23 Dec


Christmas Past


Leeds Castle journeys back to the Victorian era with traditional vending stalls, a giant Christmas tree, Father Christmas, jugglers, fire eaters and much, much more.


Tickets: 20, 15 (children under 15), Free (under 4s)


01622 765400


Leeds Castle, Maidstone


Satnav: ME17 1PL



13 Dec


A Rock Choir Christmas


Featuring the UK's largest contemporary choir, the playlist consists of well-loved pop numbers, a mixture of Motown, gospel and a smattering of chart hits.


Tickets: 7.50, 5 (concessions)


01732 304241


EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge


Satnav: TN9 1JP



14, 15, 16 Dec


Erith Christmas Tree Festival


Eighty brightly decorated and lit Christmas trees will be scattered throughout the Church for your enjoyment. On 16 Dec, there will be a Christmas Tree-lit carol service.


Tickets: Free (donations welcome)


Christ Church, Erith


Satnav: DA8 3AN



14, 20, 21 Dec


Christmas Evening Specials


Come and see the enchanting gardens illuminated as night falls, marvel at the sumptuous decorations and stay toasty warm thanks to the roaring log fires. Father Christmas will be on hand, as well as a brass band and a childrens carousel.


Tickets: 12.50 (adults), 6.20 (children)


01732 865224


Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge


Satnav: TN8 7NG



15 Dec


The Glory of Christmas


An evening of festive cheer where as well as the eclectic and unusual musical offerings, the audience will also have the chance to sing in Christmas with the church choir by joining in with a few much-loved carols.


Tickets: 10


01892 822448


St Andrews Church, Paddock Wood


Satnav: TN12 6DZ



16 Dec


Reindeer Ramble


Hospice in the Weald is offering an exclusive chance to walk around the private grounds of Eridge Park Estate for the Reindeer Ramble. Help raise money for the vital services the organisation provides.


01892 820508


Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells


Satnav: TN3 9JT



17 Dec


White Cliffs Winter Walk


Build up an appetite for all that Christmas indulgence by enjoying a gentle walk along the White Cliffs. Expert guides will highlight the landmarks features and history. Wrap up warm.


Tickets: 6.75


01304 202756


White Cliffs of Dover, Dover


Satnav: CT16 1HJ



23 and 24 Dec


Carol Concerts


Fancy an alternative to the hustle, bustle and consumer-centric lead-up to Christmas?


Singing carols is an essential festive pastime, and where better to do this than in the beautiful and historic Canterbury Cathedral.


01227 865350


Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury


Satnav: CT1 2EH



Pantomimes


30 Nov-6 Jan 2013


Peter Pan


Tickets: 15 to 26


08448 717620


Churchill Theatre, Bromley


Satnav: BR1 1HA


This is the story of the Boy Who Never Grew Up and his fight with the dastardly Captain Hook, played by EastEnders actor Ace Bhatti



30 Nov-20 Jan 2013


Sleeping Beauty


Toyah Wilcox and Gareth Gates are the stars of this Christmas show about the slumbering princess and the lengths everyone goes to wake her.


Tickets: 13 to 30.50


01227 787787


Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


Satnav: CT1 2AS



1-30 Dec


Dick Whittington


Get ready with your calls of hes behind you and oh no he isnt, as our intrepid and ambitious hero travels to London to seek his fame and fortune.


Tickets: From 8


01634 890421


Britannia Theatre, Dickens World, Chatham


Satnav: ME4 4LL



8 Dec-6 Jan 2013


Aladdin


Boyzones Shane Lynch stars as the villain Abanazar in this fun-filled festive take on Aladdin.


Tickets: 17 to 46


01732 450175


The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks


Satnav: TN13 1ZZ



8 Dec-6 Jan 2013


Aladdin


EastEnders bad boy Steve McFadden will be playing a big bold version of Abanazar in this festive frolic.


Tickets: 16 to 29.50


01322 220000


The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


Satnav: DA1 1ED


13-30 Dec


Jack and the Beanstalk


Magic beans, a whopping great plant and a fearsome giant combined with up-to-the minute music and colourful scenery all add up to some frolicsome festive fun.


Tickets: 13 to 50


01843 292795/ 01843 296111


Theatre Royal, Margate


Satnav: CT9 1PW



14 Dec-6 Jan 2013


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves


Benidorm and Abigails Party actress Janine Duvitski will be stepping into the evil high heels of the Wicked Queen in this Christmas caper.


Tickets: 15 to 22


01892 530613/ 01892 532072


Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells


Satnav: TN1 2LU



28 Dec


Cinderella


The Sunday Drama College will be rounding off a wonderful year with their take on a well-loved story. It will be based on the original Asian story, both dark and tragic.


Tickets: 12, 10 (concessions)


01892 524252


The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells


Satnav: TN3 9JH



24-27 Jan 2013


Sleeping Beauty


Satnav: TN13 1ZZ


The Sevenoaks Entertainers return to the stage for the groups annual panto event.


Tickets: Contact box office


01732 450175


The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks



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