Thanet 2022 Christmas fun coming up (part one)

Christmas fun is coming Photo Eleanor Marriott

Margate light switch on event

Christmas will come to Margate’s Cecil Square thanks to Margate Carnival organiser Jack Packman teaming up  with a number of organisations and county councillor Barry Lewis.

Cecil Square missed out on the festivities last year – although there was plenty of Christmas spirit and events in the Old Town and Cliftonville – and the covid pandemic in 2020 meant the cancellation of all large switch-on events.

This year funding from Kent Community Foundation, KCC Cllr Barry Lewis and Barclays plus donations of services from D R Tech Services, Thanet Virtual High Street, Creative Banana and Be On The Wall working with Margate Carnival means not just the tree but a packed light switch-on event too.

The big event takes place on November 26 and will include a Christmas market, Santa’s grotto, live entertainment and independent traders.

The fun will run from noon to 8pm with the tree lights switched on at 6pm.

Broadstairs lights

Pierremont Park and the High Street

A traditional family fayre with Christmas stalls & music, Santa’s Grotto, food & drink, and the switching-on of the High Street Christmas Lights on November 26 from noon until 6pm.

Broadstairs and St Peter’s Chamber of Commerce present the Christmas Fair with traditional stalls  selling crafts, gifts, food and drink, Santa in Pierremont Park, Christmas music, choirs and carol singing

Christmas Tree & High Street Lights Switch-On at 5pm.

Ramsgate lights

Christmas fun in Ramsgate takes place through the town on November 27 from noon until 5pm with the light switch on at 4.30pm.

There will be stalls from the handmade market, the land train, naughty elves, live entertainment, children’s workshops and rides, a snow machine, Grotto at Discovery Planet.

Boats in Ramsgate harbour will also display lights again this year. Illuminations are put in place in December.

Find out more here

Lunch With Father Christmas

The Watering Hole at Quex, Birchington

26th, 27th November, 2nd-4th, 9th-11th, 16th -22nd December at 12pm

Each child will have time for meet, greet and photo opportunities with Father Christmas in our grotto themed cafe. Christmas colouring activity sheet and a Christmas Cuddly Toy!

Lunch with Father Christmas will last two hours.

Child ticket £18 and Adult ticket £15

Book now

Quex Craft Village Christmas Shopping

November 25, starting at 4.30pm

Come and visit Quex Craft Village Christmas Craft Shopping Event with Christmas gifts and offers available.

Quex Craft Village is a community of craft workers, plying their trades from working studios.

Margate Old Town Christmas Market

November 26-27, 11am to 5pm in Market Place

Come along and browse all of the local handmade goodies Margate Old Town Christmas Market has to offer!

Some 20 traders including handmade, vintage, artists, pottery, dog treats and so much more

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

St Augustine’s, 125 Canterbury Road, Westgate, November 26-27, 10am to 4pm

Join Midas Leisure for their Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

Free parking available onsite

Supporting the Kent Air Ambulance

Dickens House Museum Festive Weekend

November 26-27

Come and see the home of Mary Pearson-Strong, the basis for Charles Dickens’ beloved David Copperfield character Betsey Trotwood. The house will be dressed for a traditional Dickensian Christmas.

Saturday 26th

The Declaimers will be performing vignettes in the Museum throughout the afternoon, bringing the world of Dickens’ colourful characters to life.

Take part in children’s’ crafts, including paper-chain and decoration-making, to take home and decorate your tree at home.

The gift shop will be open, so you can complete your Christmas shopping. Choose from beautiful children’s books, puzzles, candles, homewares, and more to find the perfect gift.

Sunday 27th
The Museum will be open for tours, and the gift shop will be open.

Opening Times:

1pm – 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

Cliftonville Cultural Space Winter Festival

In celebration of Cliftonville Cultural Space’s 2nd birthday, Cliftonville Cultural Space is holding a Winter Festival

Sunday 27th November: Winter Art Fair 12pm-5pm – There will be a bar, music, stalls and a chance to have a look around this incredible building. The market will be raising money for Margate Independent Foodbank through a raffle on the day.

The cultural space is at the former Margate synagogue in Albion Road, Cliftonville

Little Red Riding Hood

Minster Village Hall, November 30-December 3

Shows weekdays at 7.30pm and Saturday 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Minster Playhouse present ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with story by Tina and Robert Burbidge

Join Little Red Riding Hood on her adventures as she goes to visit her Grandma and befriending a wolf

Tickets Adult £10, Child £5

Contact [email protected] or call 07501 894381