Free Family Festive Events in Kent

Free Christmas Events in Kent

Christmas in Kent is all wrapped up this year with a host of family festive events. Get ready to embark on a joyous journey filled with laughter, enchantment, and festive cheer. This holiday season, Kent is transforming into spectacles of joy with an array of captivating events that promise to make your heart merry and bright. Best of all? They’re all absolutely free!

More Festive Magic
Lots of Christmas markets and fairs in Kent offer free entry, with some hosting a free Santa’s Grotto and children’s activities. See our Christmas in Kent with highlights of our features all things Christmas.
Most events listed here are free, but some have activities that incur a small charge.

Free Festive Events in Kent 2023

The Hornby Christmas Trail Trail
Until 22nd December 2023
Little ones can get tickets at the ready and get on board the city’s festive free trail. There will be 38 festive Hornby train displays hidden in the Christmas windows of local businesses. Each time they spot a Hornby train, they can pop inside and the ‘station master’ will stamp their ticket! When they have five stamps their final stop will be the Fenwick Toy Department in St George’s Street, to collect a prize. While there, they can also enter the big prize draw to win their very own special Hornby Train set and Christmas bundle.

Two toy elves next to a small xmas tree for Naughty Elves On The Shelves At Guildhall Museum in Rochester in Kent

Naughty Elves On The Shelves 
Guildhall Museum, Rochester, Medway
Until 23rd December 2023
See if little ones can find all the naughty elves and find out what they have been up to, plus write a letter to Santa. Time: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm. Pictured above.

Folkestone Festival Marketplace
Folkestone Harbour Arm
Until 24th December 2023 – selected dates
Christmas events in Kent include the Folkestone Festive Marketplace at Folkestone Harbour shop from independent businesses. This year promises more decorations, more free films, more entertainment, and longer opening hours. There are free film screenings and there will also be a traditional carol service at this Christmas event in Kent. So shop, be entertained and enjoy the vibes for Christmas. Price: Market – free entry – Santa’s Grotto: From £4. Time: Friday to Sunday, Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm, 24th December: 11am-4pm. Traditional carol service on 23rd December, time TBC.


Christmas Cinema
Betteshanger Country Park, Deal
Until 23rd December 2023
Free festive film events in Kent include a range of Christmas feel-good movies outdoors at the park, so wrap up warm for some movie magic. At Betteshanger Country Park in Deal, movies include Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Arthur Christmas, Santa Claus – The Movie, The Greatest Showman, The Polar Express, The Grinch, Elf and lots more at this festive treat. This is on a first come first served basis. Price: Free but parking charges apply: December 2023 – Weekday: Free, Weekend: £5. Time: 12.30pm & 3pm.

Winter Wonderland
Jean Mealham Centre, Woodchurch, Ashford
23rd December 2023
Plenty of fun at this festive Kent event with Pinky the Party Pony, miniature train displays, craft stalls, Santa & Elf with presents for the children and lots more. Price: Free entry – donations welcome. Time: 12Noon-4pm. Read More

Christmas events for Kent with Canterbury Cathedral avert

Canterbury Cathedral
23rd and 24th December 2023
Carols are a highlight of the Cathedral’s year, with music and readings to tell the story of the birth of Christ in an atmospheric service with candlelight. Music is provided by all parts of our world-famous Cathedral Choir and by the singing of the traditional Christmas carols by the congregation. Time: 5.30pm-7pm – first come first serve.

Free Christmas Events in Kent picture: © Brett Sayles at



We do our best to endeavour to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible from the information we have at the time of publication. We are not liable for any changes that a company or event makes at the last minute, whether time changes or price amendments.

If you have an attraction we should feature, we would love to hear about it. Please email details to

Please support the venues and advertisers and say you saw them on our website so we can carry on providing this free resource of the many wonderful events and attractions in Kent.

Sign up for regular updates about what’s happening in Kent