Christmas In Kent

Christmas Events In Kent

By Julia Davies
Christmas markets, Santa’s grottos, dazzling light trails, children’s activities, paw-tastic events, and festive fairs – Kent has it all. Discover the magic of the holiday season in Kent as we gift you our guide through a Winter wonderland of Christmas events, enchanting markets, sparkling light switch-ons, festive trails, and Santa’s whimsical grottos. Immerse yourself in the joyous spirit of the holidays with our curated list of yuletide celebrations, ensuring your Christmas is filled with merriment, twinkling lights, and the warmth of community.

Noel traditions have evolved over the years, and many go back to eras past. Here’s a brief history of a trio of festive events that are an essential part of Christmas.

Pantos are a British institution over the festive holidays and are mainly based on a classic children’s story. Pantomime means ‘all kinds’ of ‘mime’ (panto-mime), and is modelled on the early masques of the Elizabethan and Stuart days, according to Historic UK. In the 14th Century, the early masques were musical, mime or spoken dramas, and usually performed in grand houses. Starting at the festive season, the role reversal of the lead characters (the principal boy played by a girl and the Dame by a man) may have also evolved from the Tudor ‘Feast of Fools’. The feast was an unruly event, involving much drinking, revelry and role reversal. Christmas markets originated in Germany, and are also known as Christkindlmarkt (literally: Christ Child Market, but the term ‘Christkind’ usually refers to an angel-like ‘spirit of Christmas’ rather than the Christ Child). According to Wikipedia, they date back to the late Middle Ages and became a popular Advent custom during the Reformation era. The figure of Santa is based on Saint Nicholas, a 4th-Century Christian saint, and Father Christmas fills the role in many European countries. The world’s first Christmas grotto was in Lewis’s Bon Marche Department Store in Liverpool, England, opened in 1879, called Christmas Fairyland. It has since become a staple of the festive offerings of towns, attractions and shops, according to Wikipedia.

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As well as our blog posts, there are lots more events to discover. Check our our events under our seasonal category or events by date for even more wonderful magical moments full of festive cheer.

See our round up of great Christmas events with our series of blog posts packed full of events, experiences, Winter wonderlands, and lots, lots more

Child's rocking horse for Christmas events in Sevenoaks with Christmas At Chartwell in Kent

The Garden of England has a wealth of wonderlands, castles glistening with lights, skating, weekend festive fun, funfairs, storytelling, trails, and train rides with Santa – there’s something for everyone this Christmas in Kent. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly activities, enchanting light trails, or immersive festive experiences tailored for children, Kent has something extraordinary in store for everyone. See our blog full of great events throughout the county. Read More.

A drawing of a Santa sitting and reading letters for Santa Grotto events in Kent includes the Santa Specials at Crampton Tower in Broadstairs

Elves, hot chocolates, candy and Santa’s faithful reindeer – there are plenty of festive delights including meeting Father Christmas in his grotto. Spaces have been transformed into the perfect place to meet Santa – caves, trains, attractions, castles and many more wonderful places. Plus, there are Santa Paws for fur babies for a magical Christmas for all the family. Read More

On a tree a Merry Christmas sign for the Free Christmas Events in Kent blog

This holiday season, Kent is transforming into spectacles of joy with an array of captivating events, activities, Santa visits and lots more plus the added gift wrapped present – they are all absolutely free! Read More

Name of show and a red flower in a glass jar for panto events in Ramsgate. Beauty and the beast at Granville Theatre in Kent

Pantomimes are a celebration of the timeless themes of love, friendship, and the triumph of good over evil, all wrapped up in a vibrant display of costumes, sets, and toe-tapping tunes. With their roots dating back to the Victorian era, these theatrical extravaganzas have evolved into a delightful mix of fairy tales, slapstick comedy, and audience participation. Read More

Elf in snow with a loud hailer for The Elf Who Lost His Voice at Penshurst Place and Gardens in Tonbridge in Kent


Celebrate the magic of Christmas with our highlights of festive live entertainment with theatre shows, musicals and concerts. Children’s theatre, ballet, orchestral concerts of festive favourite tunes in Kent – there are plenty of productions to delight the whole family this Christmas in the Garden of England. Read More

White dog asleep on a xmas wrapped gift for Christmas Dog Events in Kent blog post


Check out our blog full of paw-fectly great activities for four-legged friends to have a cracker of a Christmas. Plus tips on how to keep them happy and safe during the festivities. Read More

Festive items for feature of Christmas Markets in Kent

Soak in the sights, sounds and smells that create the perfect festive cheer as you shop, sample, and Carol sing at the many Christmas markets in Kent. Winter wonderlands are full of activities and festive family fun events in the county. Markets in towns through the Garden of England offer a range of products, experiences and fun festive treats. Read More

A snowman inn a snow globe for Christmas Events in Kent - the Christmas Fairs & Fayres blog post

The community spirit of the season comes alive in the heart of cherished church halls, town centres and quaint village spaces. Transformed into festive wonderlands, they are bedecked in twinkling lights and adorned with handmade decorations. With Santas, games, treats and a treasure trove of festive finds, get into the heart of the holiday spirit with these family and community events.

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Picture Credit: Main: Kira auf der Heide at Unsplash. Top to bottom. Christmas at Chartwell – The National Trust Images/Megan Taylor. Santa Specials at Crampton Tower. Beauty and the Beast at Granville Theatre. Elf Who Lost His Voice at Penshurst Place and Gardens. Christmas markets image – Cris Dinoto at Fairs and Fayres image – CHUTTERSNAP at


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