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Enjoy the festive season in Maidstone

Christmas in Maidstone

Christmas is such an exciting and magical time and in Maidstone we have an amazing schedule of events to share with you. There are so many interesting things to do, from fairs and fetes to markets and concerts, making this a great time to visit.

Fabulous Christmas Lights

The big Christmas Lights Switch On event takes place at Fremlin Walk on 23 November. There will be a host of local acts and performers, as well as Santa and his reindeer. Enjoy free face-painting, the Christkindlmarkt and lots of treats from the stores. The entire town will then be illuminated by twinkling Christmas lights, giving the place a magical festive atmosphere.

Christmas Fun for All

If you’re looking for some festive fun then many Maidstone attractions have special Christmas events and activities in the lead up to the big day.

Take a trip to Christmas past at Kent Life and experience Christmas on the Home Front.

Discover the origins of Christmas crackers, decorated Christmas trees and other festive Traditions of Christmas at Leeds Castle as the State Rooms are beautifully decorated with flowers and displays, all with a contemporary twist.

Children will love meeting Santa and he’s popping into quite a lot of venues this year! See him at Maidstone Museum, Kent Life, Leeds Castle and The Hop Farm.

Christmas Fayres and Markets

There are a number of great fayres and markets around Maidstone this Christmas. Not only do these offer great seasonal experiences to help you get into the spirit but they're also a good opportunity to buy some really unique presents!

Get a head start on the Christmas shopping at the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair from 16 – 18 November, and Leeds Castle’s magical Christmas Market returns to the Cedar Lawn each weekend from 25 November.

There’s a Christmas Mini-Market at Maidstone Museum on 9 and 16 December – be sure to indulge in a tasty hot roast turkey and stuffing roll while you explore the stalls selling a variety of local produce.

Christmas Concerts

There are a wealth of excellent musical celebrations of Christmas in Maidstone, from Carols by Candlelight at The Friars, to a magical live performance of the soundtrack to The Snowman by Maidstone Wind Symphony. There’s also a celebration of Twelfth Night from Maidstone Choral Union to look forward to in January.

Christmas Pantomime

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a special festive pantomime, and this year the Hazlitt Theatre has got something really special to keep the tradition alive. From 1 – 31 December enjoy the classic tale of Cinderella – it’s full of magic, glass slippers and ugly sisters, and a family-sized dollop of good old pantomime humour! With a star studded cast, including Stefan Booth from EastEnders as Prince Charming, and the legendary Rustie Lee as the Fairy Godmother, this magical performance will not disappoint, so book your tickets now!

Christmas Shopping

Maidstone has a fantastic retail offer all year round, but at Christmas time it gets even better. The Mall Maidstone and Fremlin Walk, as well as many of the excellent independent stores in town, all extend their opening hours so that you can continue shopping into the evening under the lovely sparkling lights.

Shop in Peace (and goodwill to all men) with a little help from Maidstone Museum as they are running a number of two hour workshops full of fun Christmas activities to keep the children entertained while you hit the shops.

Shopping hours

There is late night shopping until 8pm in Fremlin Walk on Thursday 7th December.

Then, from Monday 11th December, Fremlin Walk will be open:

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday (including Christmas Eve): 10.30am – 4.30pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday 31 December: 10.30am – 4.30pm

New Year's Day: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Monday 2 January: 9am – 5.30pm (normal opening hours return)

There is late night shopping at The Mall Maidstone every Thursday from 7 December, 9am - 8pm. From Monday 18 to Friday 22 December, it will be open 9am - 8pm daily.

Saturday 23 December: 9am – 8pm

Christmas Eve: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9am - 5.30pm

27 - 30 December: 9am - 5.30pm

Sunday 31 December: 10.30am – 4.30pm

New Year's Day: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 2 January: 9am - 5.30pm (normal opening hours return)

Get creative

There are fantastic opportunities to get creative in Maidstone, whether you’d like to try making your own Christmas decorations, or you want to create a truly personal Christmas gift.

This Art of Mine runs workshops for children and adults throughout the year, with lots of Christmas-themed activities from October onwards.

Try your hand at making a rustic Christmas decoration at Cobtree Manor Park or learn how to make a Christmas wreath with Kent Wildlife Trust.

Take a break

Christmas is such a busy time for everyone, but a visit to Mote Park is the perfect antidote. Escape the hustle and bustle of the High Street and enjoy a stroll around the park. If the kids have excess energy to burn, a bike ride or a brisk walk around the lake could be the answer. Then sit back and relax with a warming mug of hot chocolate in the café.

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  1. Add Fremlin Walk Christmas Lights Switch On to your Itinerary

    Fremlin Walk Christmas Lights Switch On

    Maidstone

    Hosted by KMFM, come along and see lots of local acts and performers and meet the cast of Peter Pan!

    Visit Santa and his reindeer and enjoy free face-painting, the Christkindlmarkt and lots of treats from the stores.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 23 Nov 2017
  2. Add Cinderella to your Itinerary

    Cinderella

    Maidstone

    The ever busy, the ever put upon, the ever beautiful Cinderella only dreams of one thing, what all girls truly wish for...to become a Princess. Little does she know that a Prince exists that only wants someone out there to love him for who he is and not what he is.

    Could these two star crossed...

    Type

    Theatre/Drama

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2017 To 31 Dec 2017
  3. Add Christmas Barn Dance to your Itinerary

    Christmas Barn Dance

    Aylesford, Maidstone

    No experience or partner required! Bring your family and friends, or come alone, it's easy – just come and have fun. If you like dancing you will love this. If you've never danced before this is a great place to start. A wonderful range of dances - simple Barn Dances, Ceilidh Dances, Square...

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
  4. Add Woodland Christmas Grotto to your Itinerary

    Woodland Christmas Grotto

    Sandling, Maidstone

    Visit Santa in his woodland-themed grotto at Tyland Barn.

    A great experience for families and ideal for younger children who are meeting Santa for the first time. Every child, plus their family, will have a 5 minute (approx) session meeting Santa and each paying child will receive a small gift...

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
    From:
    16 Dec 2017 To 17 Dec 2017
  5. Add Bearsted Choral Society Christmas Concert to your Itinerary

    Bearsted Choral Society Christmas Concert

    Bearsted, Maidstone

    Bearsted Bearsted Choral SocietyChristmas Concert presents Christmas in Bearsted Christmas Carols and more with audience participation Under the baton of our Music Director, Andrew Lowen  

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    16 Dec 2017 To 16 Dec 2017
  6. The Winter Trail at Leeds Castle

    Maidstone

    Throw on your hats and scarves, pull on your wellies and walk off the Christmas pudding. Bring the whole family on this special trail across the Castle estate. Collect clues along the way and hand back your completed trail card to be entered into an exciting prize draw. 

     

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    26 Dec 2017 To 1 Jan 2018
  7. Add Paint a santa or snowman tealight holder to your Itinerary

    Paint a santa or snowman tealight holder

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    Enjoy painting either a santa or snowman ceramic tea light holder. There will be step by step instructions given and you can choose from a variety of colours. 7pm-9pm.

    The workshop costs £18

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    28 Nov 2017 To 28 Nov 2017
  8. Add Snowmen Serving Dish workshop to your Itinerary

    Snowmen Serving Dish workshop

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    This heart-warming serving dish is made using diverse glazes to give the snow texture and stamps to create the snowflake background. 7pm-9pm

    This workshop costs £22

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    28 Nov 2017 To 28 Nov 2017
  9. Add Candle decorating workshop to your Itinerary

    Candle decorating workshop

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    This is a fun workshop where we will show you how to decorate candles using napkins. The workshop includes enough materials to make one medium sized candle and two smaller candles and to gift wrap them as presents.  Additional candles can be purchased. 10.30-12.30pm

    The workshop costs £25

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  10. Add Paint a ceramic gingerbread plate to your Itinerary

    Paint a ceramic gingerbread plate

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    This ginger bread dish is great for serving up mince pies or for providing santa and his reindeers with a Christmas eve snack! Paint it any colour you like and we will show you how to apply confetti glaze on top to make it look like it has been sprinkled with icing sugar or snow. 7pm-9pm

    The...

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2017 To 22 Nov 2017
  11. Add 'Deck the Halls' Dish workshop to your Itinerary

    'Deck the Halls' Dish workshop

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    This bright, festive piece would brighten up any home. During this workshop you'll learn how to paint the bold lettering and the detailed wreaths using unique tools and techniques. 7pm-9pm

    This workshop costs £25

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2017 To 22 Nov 2017
  12. Add 'Home for Christmas' Dish workshop to your Itinerary

    'Home for Christmas' Dish workshop

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    Use specialist tools to create this hearts and home folk art design.  A beautiful piece that will be treasured for years to come. 7pm-9pm.

    This workshop costs £20

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2017 To 21 Nov 2017
  13. Add Snowflake and Reindeer Platter workshop to your Itinerary

    Snowflake and Reindeer Platter workshop

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    A perfect festive platter for mince pies and other xmas treats. We'll show you how to create this look using paper cut stencils and glazes. You can choose the colour way to suit your home or taste. 7pm-9pm.

    This workshop costs £20

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2017 To 21 Nov 2017
  14. Ladies Night: Bauble painting

    Thurnham, Maidstone

    Choose from a variety of shapes and designs and we will help you to create your own bespoke ceramic bauble to hang from the tree. The bauble will be fired and ready for collection in one week.

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2017 To 8 Dec 2017
  15. Add Christmas Fayre to your Itinerary

    Christmas Fayre

    Aylesford

    Come along to our annual Christmas festivities including craft and gift stalls, an ice rink, Santa, live music, BBQ, mince pies and mulled wine and more!

     

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017
  16. Add Christmas Mini-Market to your Itinerary

    Christmas Mini-Market

    Maidstone

    Come and explore a range of stalls selling a variety of local produce, including hot roast turkey and stuffing rolls!

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
    From:
    16 Dec 2017 To 16 Dec 2017
  17. Add Shop in Peace (and goodwill to all men) to your Itinerary

    Shop in Peace (and goodwill to all men)

    Maidstone

    A chance to get that Christmas shopping done while the kids take part in two hours of fun Christmas activities, including making Christmas elves, snow globes, elf bunting and clay decorations for your tree.

    Suitable for ages 4 - 11 years

    Sessions at 10:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
    From:
    16 Dec 2017 To 16 Dec 2017
  18. Father Christmas at Leeds Castle

    Maidstone

    Wander through the Leeds Castle Christmas Market to an enchanted trail leading to a magical grotto. Father Christmas will be waiting to greet you. Those who have been good, which of course you all have, will receive a traditional gift to take home. Father Christmas is very busy at this time of year...

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017
    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 3 Dec 2017
    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
    From:
    16 Dec 2017 To 17 Dec 2017
  19. Add Twelfth Night Concert to your Itinerary

    Twelfth Night Concert

    Maidstone

    Join Maidstone Choral Union for their Twelfth Night concert, featuring carols for the season, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

     

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jan 2018 To 6 Jan 2018
  20. Maidstone Choral Union - Christmas Concert

    Maidstone

    A traditional Christmas concert including Saint Saens Christmas Oratorio and carols for the audience.

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017

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