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


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


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


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


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


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


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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