30 things to see and do in Thanet, December 17-18

Last chance to see the Christmas Tree Festival at St George's Church (with warden Jennifer Smith) Photo Frank Leppard

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.

Christmas Cliftonville Farmers Market

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

The market is back for its final date before Christmas with 40 stalls booked, selling everything from vegan to wild game.

All the usual producers will be there with a few new ones, selling vegan soaps, quality hats, scarves and gloves for men and women and another selling Italian chocs, panettone and more.

Real Deal Roasters will be there with their selection of coffees, hot chocolate and teas and SMOKE will be back with their delicious pork or beef served hot in a brioche bun with Cajun pickle. Many stalls will be selling gift packs.

Thanet Festival Choir

Thanet Festival Choir present a Christmas Carol Concert with Family Carols at 3pm to 4pm on Saturday 17th December at All Saints Church, Birchington.

Clifford Lister will conduct this concert of beautiful music and the audience will be able to take part in some of the better known carols.  Accompanying organ will be played by Edward Gaunt.  Excerpts from the Messiah will also be sung, featuring the soprano Ching-Kwang (Nicole) Ng.

This concert has become a regular feature of Thanet’s Christmas experience but it is the choirs first time at this venue.  There will be an appeal for the homeless charity, Porchlight.

Admission is by programme, £5 on the door.

Christmas market at Archive

December 18, 5pm-8pm , Archive, 17 Military Road, Ramsgate

Shop from local independent makers, small but curated selection of artisan crafts people, artists, designers, jewellery and furniture makers and Archive Homestore which includes a children’s section and books,

They will also be selling festive treats and mulled wine.

Windmill Community Gardens Christmas fair

Come and enjoy Christmas at the Windmill Community Gardens Margate, this Saturday 17th December between 12-3pm.

Explore the festive themed trail through the lovely gardens, browse unique craft stalls and book onto the wreath-making event to brighten your doorway this Christmas.

Seasonal refreshments (tea, coffee, mulled apple and freshly baked goods) available to purchase, Christmas crafts for the whole family, and carols to get you into the festive spirit.

The gardens are on Dane Valley Road, Margate.

Tickets are limited so booking is essential, starting from just 50p available via www.ticketsource.co.uk/windmill-community-gardens-margate

Ramsgate Living Advent Calendar

Raising funds for Thanet Shelter. Decorated homes, some offering drinks and nibbles, inviting you to gather every night in December up to Christmas. between 6.30pm-8pm. Donations welcomed.

December 18- 13 Southwood Road


Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Let them eat cake! Emma Thompson leads a dazzling ensemble in this rousing big screen adaptation of the smash-hit, Olivier-winning family musical.

Friday 16 December to Monday 2 January

Book at  https://thepalacecinema.co.uk/whats-on/

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

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-choir-live-tickets-479866201727

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/833905747801797/833905751135130/?active_tab=about

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/santas-grotto-christmas-world-thanet-tickets-435548827267

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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bradstowsingers/christmas-concert/

RAF Manston Santa’s Grotto

Open 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 www.theomnibusproject.co.uk/bookings

St John’s Church Margate

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

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]

Avatar: The Way of Water (12a)

Carlton Cinema, Westgate

Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.

December 16-24

Details at https://pdwest.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=70526

‘Missing Andy’  at Elsewhere, Margate.

December 17, Doors open at 7pm

Missing Andy is a 5 piece Brit Pop / Rock band from Essex,

Presented by Juicebox Live. This is an 16+ event

Tickets  £16.50 Book now

Gabriel Moreno Xmas Decadence

December 17, Ramsgate Music Hall, 7.30pm

A one-off celebration of musical bohemian decadence, deep singer-songwriter musings, poetry galore and troubadour madness.

All ages event.

Tickets £10 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

Cliftonville Voices

December 17-18, 2pm – 6pm; Cliftonville Cultural Space on the corner of Albion and Godwin Roads

An exhibition from a project collecting history and memories of 100 years in Cliftonville. The project was commissioned by Cliftonville Cultural Space – the group which has taken on the former Margate synagogue with plans for renovation.

The result is a multi–media, immersive exhibition designed by Oscar-winning graphic designer and filmmaker, Arnold Schwartzman OBE.

Christmas Art Rebels Workshops

December 17-18, Turner Contemporary,  Drop-in from 1pm-4pm

A weekend of free Christmas themed workshops with an alien twist at the Turner Contemporary

The workshops are aimed for families and all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Clore Learning Studio is also home to 400 art books for young people.

Art by David and Cathy Harvey

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate, December 14-21

A show of acrylic paintings by David and collage pieces by Cathy.

On Saturday the gallery is hosting its Christmas drinks afternoon with Mulled Wine and Festive nibbles!

Opening hours Tues-Sat 10.30am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

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

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

1pm-4:30pm, 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

Quex Park, Birchington

Open  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  https://www.theelfexpress.com/

Storytime with Mrs Claus – Kitchen Edition

Quex Park, Birchington

Open 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  https://www.theelfexpress.com/mrsclausstorytime

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

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 www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Tickets are available from Ticketsource on 0333 666 4466 or go to the website www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk 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.

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 is 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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mos-productions/dick-whittington/e-kxekrj

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.

Buy tickets at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/Act1Theatre/snow-white-the-seven-dwarfs-a-family-pantomime/e-yayzmd


  1. Thank you Kathy Bailes, for giving a mention to our last Farmers’ Market of the year this Sunday.
    Also for including us in your round up of events held throughout the year.
    This must take an enormous amount of your time and we get it for free.
    From all of us at Cliftonville Farmers’ Market,
    Merry Christmas!

Comments are closed.