Christmas light switch-on events in the Thanet towns and villages are now well underway.
We’ve had Liberty X and East 17, along with Santa and the Grinch, at Westwood Cross and now it’s time for our towns to get the festivities going.
This weekend Christmas light switch-on fun takes place in Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Birchington.
Margate Old Town
November 25, 11am – 5pm
Christmas light switch on 5pm with the Mayor of Margate
It’ll be an all day extravaganza filled to the brim with Christmas treats from traders, local singing groups, Christmas tree and activities for children.
Margate Cecil Square
November 25, noon-6pm
Christmas tree light switch-on 6pm
Free parking (Mill Lane Carpark)
Live performances (noon-6pm)
Meet Santa at Santa’s Grotto
Christmas Market Stalls
November 25, 10am-5pm
A festive family fun day with activities including:
Food and Craft Fair
Entertainment, Meet the Grinch
Carols around the tree
Light Switch On
Organised by Birchington Traders Together and Birchington Parish Council
Noon-7pm, November 25
A day of shopping, eating, drinking, laughing, and singing with Christmas Light up the Park at the Christmas Market.
From 6pm at the front of Pierremont Hall, gather around the old Victorian lantern for that classic tradition of community Christmas Carol Singing.
People are invited to bring their own lanterns and torches to ‘Light up the park’. . Reusable flame-free lanterns will be available to purchase.
The Christmas tree lights this year will be on for the whole event.
The Christmas Market will include children’s choirs, carol singing, seasonal treats, plus local makers, crafters, designers, artists, food producers, caterers and shops.
Noon until 7pm: Brighter Days Market Stalls from local makers, crafters, designers, artists, food producers, caterers and more, as well as local businesses and shops.
Noon to 5.45pm: Local and School Choirs singing on the Portico Stage at the back of the Hall (schedule to be shared on social media)
* A children’s fun area with a fair ride and game stall
* Children’s Christmas Party in the Music Room, where children can decorate Christmas gingerbread shapes and have fun with our arts and crafts, followed by a visit from a special visitor (and his Elves)!
Tickets £10 per child. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
6pm: Christmas Carol Singing – everyone’s invited to the front of Pierremont Hall, around the old Victorian Lantern for that classic tradition of community Carol Singing,
Brought to you by Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council.
Ramsgate Christmas Lights Switch-On
November 26, noon-5pm
Ramsgate’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On events and celebrations with switch on at 4.30pm
Ramsgate Christmas Fair combines with Ramsgate Handmade and Vintage Fair – with Christmas food and treats, gifts and decorations – all made locally.
Other events/attractions include
Miss Ramsgate & Her Court
Plus: A celebration of light at St George’s Church Ramsgate
Free Entry – donations are welcome.
Sunday 26th November – from 5pm
St George’s Church, Church Hill, Ramsgate, CT11 8RA
From 5pm join St George’s church, to celebrate the first year of Project 200. There will be refreshments, and entertainment will be provided by Free Range Orchestra, with animations and video projections by the students of University for the Creative Arts.
Come directly to the church or follow Samba Ya Wantsum up the High Street from the Ramsgate Christmas Light Switch On event.
Ramsgate Christmas Illuminations at the harbour
Wonderful spectacle of boats and local businesses lit up for the festive season
The berth holders of Ramsgate Royal Harbour are busy decorating their vessels in the period leading up to Christmas.
Lights are judges in a variety of categories with a prize-giving at Ramsgate’s Royal Yacht Club.
Westgate Christmas Light Switch-On
December 3, 11am to 5pm
Westgate-on-Sea Annual Christmas Fayre & Lights Switch-On
Station Road plays host to a fantastic day for all the family – great shopping, live music, and delicious food!
Father Christmas in person (located in train station reception)
Live on-stage entertainment throughout the day across two stages including – Coastal Choir, MOS Cast of Dick Whittington, Treble Bass, Off the Hook Productions, FNK Haus
Food and drink stalls
4.30pm Lights switch-on
December 2, noon until 5pm
GRASS community organisation celebrate Christmas at The Oval Bandstand and Lawns in Eastern Esplanade.
There will be mulled wine, shopping, food, community stalls and free live music.
Santa Claus will be making an appearance in his magical grotto and the team will be lighting up the bandstand.