Thanet 2022 Christmas fun coming up (part three)

Christmas fun Photo Brian Whitehead

Ellington Park Ramsgate Christmas fair

December 11, open 10am – 6pm

In association with Friends of Ellington Park get into the Christmas spirit..

Funfair, Live Music, Bookshop, Trains, Beer Tent and a Visit From Santa

Brighter Days Winter Market

December 17, 11am to 3pm, Pierremont Hall, Broadstairs

Transforming Pierremont Hall into a vibrant market, the Brighter Days hand-picked makers’ market will showcase local makers, artisans, artists and craftspeople.

Ramsgate’s Late Night Shop and Market

December 8, Shops open 3pm until 8pm

Christmas market in Charlotte Court with over 20 stalls

Shops offering nibbles and bubbles

Free raffle ticket with every late night purchase between 5pm-7.15pm. Prizes include vouchers to spend in participating businesses of your choice

Shops taking part include – Board at Home, Wooden Box Cafe and Wooden Box Gallery, Sugar Rush, Arts in Ramsgate has drumming workshop, Kids Bright House, House of Dawg, Heaven & Hell, The Recovery Well, Alchemy, Limarni, Turner Rowe Gallery, Molly Pickle Studio, Saltworks, York Street Gallery, McGillan and Woodell and Elephant in the Room.

Christmas Cliftonville Farmers Market

December 18, 10am-1pm, Walpole Bay green

The market is back for its final date before Christmas – selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more!

Cliftonville’s award-winning Farmers’ Market was established in 2001 by the Cliftonville Residents Association and is run entirely by volunteers.

Producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more!

Christmas Tree Festival at St George’s Church, Ramsgate

December 9-18. Church open 2pm-5pm

Friends of St George’s present their annual Christmas Tree Festival showcasing an array of decorated trees by local groups and businesses

Raising funds for the church restoration

St Peter’s Church Christmas tree festival

December 9-11

The church will be filled with Christmas trees.

Dec 9, 4pm-6pm Judging of the trees by the mayor, prizegiving and performance by St George’s and St Peter’s Junior Schools choirs

Dec 10, 10am to 5pm church open for viewing the Christmas trees

Musical entertainment from 2pm-4.30pm.

7pm David Lammier plays Christmas melodies on the organ, Glass of wine and mice pie in the interval. Tickets for the concert are £7.50 in advance from the parish office or on the door

Dec 11, 11am to 3.30pm church is open for viewing trees

9.30am Family Praise Service

4pm Christmas Choral Evensong

Donations of £1 from tree festival visitor appreciated, money to be used for church upkeep

Reading of  ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

December 11, The Pavilion, Broadstairs. Start time: 3pm

The Dickens Fellowship Broadstairs Branch proudly presents a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

To be performed by the Dickens Declaimers.

Entry is free but there will be a collection on behalf of the NSPCC

Margate Museum Christmas talks

Venue: Magistrate’s Court, Margate Museum, Market Place

Title: “Deck the Halls”

Theme: Find out what King John wanted for Christmas? Which Christmas Song was banned by the Church? Christmas Carols.

Dates: Saturday 10 December and Sunday 11 December (talk repeated)

Time: 2 pm

Entry: No ticket required. Free entry with Museum visit or a donation

Rock Choir Live

December 17, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church Margate

Fetive evening of carols and pop classics from the Rock Choir. Guest performers and a Christmas raffle. All proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society

Tickets £7, under 12s free entry

Tickets at

Christmas Carol Service at Thanet Disabled Riding Centre

December 11, 2pm-4pm

Annual open air Christmas Carol service with farm animals, carols, cakes, raffle and our TDRC ponies in their Xmas outfits! All for a donation!

Christmas Silvers Socials

Christmas Party for adults with learning disabilities and additional needs at Silvers in Margate High Street on December 20 and 21st, 6pm to 8.30pm both days.

Very limited spaces on 20th but availability on 21st. Tickets are free of charge but do need to be booked online in advance.

Book here

Frozen – Christmas Party at Silvers Margate High Street

December 17, 11am to 1pm

Silvers will be hosting a magical Kids Christmas Wonderland featuring visits from your favourite Ice princesses. Festive Wonderland with a visit from Santa which includes one present per child.

Event page and ticket link at

Christmas Disco at Millmead Children’s Centre

December 13, 4pm-5.30pm

The Millmead Children’s Centre on Dane Valley Road (Margate CT9 3RU) is hosting a Christmas disco for families with children under the age of 7 years.

£2.00 per person (both adult and children). You need a ticket to enter and children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 years for the full duration. Children are not to be left unattended.

Mince Pie and refreshments are provided

In the large hall, join the fun with Christmas music, visual effects, laser and disco lighting together with party games. Fancy dress is optional but fun is essential!

Tickets at

Christmas World 2022 at Under 1 Roof Kids Thanet (Pysons Road)

Open 10am-6pm from 18th-23rd December.

Christmas Village entry is free and all activities and experiences are optional pay per go. You do not need to book tickets to enter Christmas World Christmas Village.

Outdoor field hosts the quaint Christmas Village, see the twinkling lights of the funfair and smell the delicious mulled wine!

Shop around the Christmas market, visit Elf activity sheds, meet the Grinch (18th and 19th only), ride a real sleigh and  meet and receive a gift from the big man himself! (all  activities are pay per go.)

Santa’s Grotto tickets are limited and your slot must be pre-purchased. Slots  fill quickly.

Book at

Christmas concert at St Luke’s Church, Ramsgate

December 17, 5.30pm-6.40pm

The Bradstow Singers and The Bradstow Chamber ensemble present to a concert of festive music, both new and traditional, with seasonal readings and carols, in the beautiful church of St. Luke’s in Ramsgate

Tickets at

Thanet Chamber Choir

The Thanet Chamber Choir, with help from Ramsgate’s Holy Trinity C of E Junior School Choir, is giving a concert of carols, seasonal music, and readings – including audience carols – to celebrate this festive time of year.

Come and help us raise the roof at Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs, CT10 1HQ  on Saturday 10th December at 3.30pm. Tickets (£10, U18 free) are available either from Eventbrite or on the door (subject to availability).

RAF Manston Santa’s Grotto

Open 10th, 11th, 17th – 21st December, 10am-3pm

Will you be on Father Christmas’s naughty or nice list? Take a trip to RAF Manston History Museum to visit him in his grotto

£5 per child to visit Santa’s Grotto (Booking isn’t necessary, but to secure your little one’s place for a present and visit with Santa, contact [email protected])

Museum entry not included (Adult £5/Child £2.50/ Under 5’s Free /Concessions £4/ Carers Free/Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £15)

SEN sensory Santa

The Omnibus Project, Unit 6 Crossways Business Park, Canterbury Road, St Nicholas-at-Wade

Sessions on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December.

Cost is £15 for an individual session or £30 for a family ticket (up to 3 children) and the price includes your own Santa session, a craft activity kit to take home, the opportunity to play interactive games with the elves and photo opportunities.

Tickets can be purchased from the website

St John’s Church Margate

December 7, 10am to 4pm, Christmas Tree Festival –(free entry / refreshments available / ”nearly new” stalls for bargain gifts including toys and books plus Christmas decorations and handcrafted items)

December 9, 10.30am – Carols by pupils  from Holy Trinity and St John’s

December 10, 10am to 4pm, Christmas Tree Festival -(free entry / refreshments available / ”nearly new” stalls for bargain gifts including toys and books plus Christmas decorations and handcrafted items)

December 17, 10am to 12 noon – Saturday Shop in the St John’s Community Centre next to the church (monthly pop up Charity Shop with a Christmas flavour – free entry)

December 18, 6pm – Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve, 2pm – Crib Service and 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, 10am joint service to be held at All Saints’, Westbrook

More details at

Serenaders Ladies Choir Christmas concert

Annual Christmas Carol Concert at St Philips Church in Palm Bay on Saturday 17th December at 2.30pm. £5 a ticket

Carol’s including Joy to the World, O Holy Night and many more. The climax to the afternoon will be “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

For tickets contact either Musical Director Janice Regan on 01843 224027 or publicity officer Chris Buffrey on 07711938373 email: [email protected]

Cliftonville Cultural Space Lights

Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st December, 5pm – 7pm

A fantastical three-day explosion of light projections on the building’s façade, based on images and designs created by local primary schools and community groups.

The festival will culminate in a spectacular light show at 6pm on December 21st celebrating the Winter Solstice as people around the world light up the darkest day of the year!

All events will take place at Albion Road, Cliftonville CT9 2HP (the former Margate Synagogue)

Father Christmas at the Caves

Margate Caves, December 3-23

Weekends from Saturday 3rd December 11am to 4.30pm and then Monday to Friday 11am to 4.30pm from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd December.

The Margate Caves are being transformed into a sparkly subterranean snow-land this Christmas as the great man flies in from the North Pole and sets up his magical and merry wonderland, hidden far below the hustle and bustle of Northdown Road.

The jolly elves will welcome you to the Caves and invite you to explore the subterranean Winter Wonderland, with seasonal selfie points, festive trails and activities. Hark! The Chief Elf will call when it’s time for your visit! You’ll enjoy some time with Father Christmas and the children will receive a special gift. There’ll be a chance to create a Christmas craft to take home, as well as enjoying our subterranean wonderland.
The café will be serving seasonal specials along with sweet treats, and there is range of gifts for all the family available in the shop.

Children will be able to meet the man in red, receive a gift and explore the festively-themed Caves, with the shop and café open for festive themed treats and gift buying!

Tickets are £10 per child including entry to the Caves, a visit to Father Christmas, a craft activity and gift to take away

Up to 2 adults per booking are FREE and no ticket required

Additional adults charged at £4 and will require to pre-book

Father Christmas at Crampton Tower

Crampton Tower, Broadstairs, December 3-18

Journey up the Crampton Tower, through the elves workshop, to visit Father Christmas in his grotto.

1pm-4:30pm Every Saturday and Sunday (3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th December)

Kids of all ages enjoy the model railway layouts and, if the weather allows, they’ll love to ride on the 5-inch gauge miniature railway!

Price £10 per child includes: Visit to Santa’s Grotto, a carefully chosen gift, entry to the museum and one free train ride per paying child (weather permitting)

Accompanying parents and guardians (maximum of 2 per group) gain free entry.

No pre-booking but please come early to avoid disappointment.

Pay desk opens at 12:30pm (Cash Only)

Last admission 4pm or when maximum numbers have checked in,

Hot drinks and children’s play area in the warm waiting room in our main hall.

Tickets £10 per child.

The Elf Express

December 3-24, Quex Park, Birchington

Open 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th – 24th December from 10am

All the good boys and girls are invited to board the Elf Express and depart to the Magical Elf Forest where the elves are eagerly awaiting your arrival.

The elves need your help to prepare for the big day and may even reward you with a sweet treat or two.

Enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights whilst heading all the way to the Elf Tower for an interactive theatrical spectacular!

​Marvel at the Elves before journeying down Candy Cane Lane all the way to the Magical Elf Kingdom where Santa and his real life Reindeer will be eagerly awaiting your arrival.

Finish off your tour in Santa’s Toyshop where you will be able to select your gift, but only if you’ve been good this year!

Adult £12.70-£14.70 / Child £21.70 – £24.70 plus booking fee

Storytime with Mrs Claus – Kitchen Edition

December 3-24, Quex Park, Birchington

Open 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th -24th December 10.30am -6.30pm

Join Mrs Claus in her kitchen at Quex Park, Birchington, this Christmas for a festive story spectacular. Suitable for children of all ages, Mrs Claus will be telling an immersive story with singing, special effects, and Christmas Cheer. The perfect addition to the Elf Express or an individual experience, Mrs Claus Story Time is a Christmas outing not to be missed

StoryTime with Mrs Claus, Kitchen Edition, is a separate experience to The Elf Express and does not include The Elf Express trails or tractor ride. Santa is not present for StoryTime with Mrs Claus, Kitchen Edition, and this experience does not include meeting the Reindeer.

£8 per person

Ramsgate harbour

Boat owners and businesses along the Arches in Military Road light up for December

And for panto fun…

Mother Goose at the Sarah Thorne Theatre

There will be panto in Thanet this December – oh yes there will – as Mother Goose is staged at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs.

The theatres panto, now in its 11th year, features John Goodrum as the Dame playing alongside Lisa Payne and Ian Crosher to name but three.

The full professional company with live music and members of the Masque Theatre School will begin public performances on Friday 9th December and will continue until New Year’s Eve.

Special Charity Nights and School shows have again been sold out in advance.

Full times and prices are available at

Tickets are available from Ticketsource on 0333 666 4466 or go to the website for details of how to book On-line, 24/7.

Dick Whittington

Margate Operatic Society (MOS) has found a new home for its annual, panto at St Lawrence College in Ramsgate.

The society usually treads the boards at Margate Winter Gardens but the current closure of the venue meant the team had to relocate.

This year MOS is bringing Dick Whittington to the stage. The tale was also the first panto performed by MOS in 2004.

It has now been revived with cast members joining the Margate Christmas fair event yesterday (November 26) before bringing some bell-chiming, rat-catching all-singing, all dancing fun to St Lawrence College in December.

Written and directed by Neil Paterson with choreography by Amy Simpson, the cast includes Molly Knight as Dick, Stuart Clements as Tommy the Cat, Shannon Essery as Alice, Stephen Porter as Sara, Lloyd Newstead as Mr B and Harcus Copper as King Rat.

Dick Whittington will be staged from Wednesday, December 14 to Sunday December 18.
Wednesday – Friday at 7pm – Saturday and Sunday 1pm and 5pm in Taylor Hall, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate
Tickets: Adults £15, Senior £13 and Children £10

Available from

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Act 1 Theatre Group bring  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the stage n Birchington this December.

The panto will be staged at The Centre in Alpha Road from December 15-17.

Can the charming Snow White escape the clutches of the Evil Queen? With the help from Prince Charming, Dame Soggybottom, seven odd men and a little magical magic from Fairy Fortune, Snow White’s story isn’t over yet….

The cast, who performed at the Ramsgate Christmas light switch on, promise toe-tapping tunes and fun for the family.

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