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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.

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.

A Visit to Santa

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

Take a trip to Christmas past at Kent Life and experience Christmas on the Home Front and Meet Santa and his Elves there every weekend in December.

Leeds Castle’s Once upon a Time at Christmas from 24th November to 1st January, brings Paddington and other classic festive stories to life through illustration in the stunning Castle rooms.

Children will love meeting Santa and he’s popping into quite a lot of venues this year! See him at Maidstone Museum, 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 as Leeds Castle’s magical Christmas Market returns to the Cedar Lawn each weekend from 24th November until 16th December.

The Friars Christmas Fayre on 25th and 26th November has something for everyone, with a craft market, ice rink and much more.

There’s a Christmas Market at Maidstone Museum on 8th and 15th December – be sure to explore the stalls selling a variety of local produce.

Christmas Concerts and Drama

There are a wealth of excellent performance around Christmas in Maidstone, The Maidstone Singers’Christmas Celebration takes place on the 18th and 19th December. Tis the Season, is a hilarious play that shines the light on awkward and embarrassing moments including the office Christmas party!

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 – 31st December enjoy the classic tale of Aladdin, and a family-sized dollop of good old pantomime humour! With a star studded cast, including Richard Blackwood from EastEnders as the Genie of the Lamp, this magical performance will not disappoint, so book your tickets now!

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 Christmas wreath with Kent Wildlife Trust.

Christmas Shopping Opening Hours in Maidstone

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.

The Mall Christmas Opening Hours

Monday 17th December to Saturday 22nd December : 9am - 8pm

Sunday 23rd December : 10.30am - 4.30pm

Christmas Eve : 9am - 5.30pm

Christmas Day : Closed

Boxing Day : 9am - 4.30pm

New Year's Eve : 9am - 4.30pm

New Year's Day : 10.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 2nd January : 9am - 5.30pm

* Individual store times may vary, see in store for details. 

Fremlin Walk Christmas Opening Hours 

Friday 23rd November : 9am - 6pm  Black Friday

Thursday 29th Novmber: 9am - 7pm

Thursday 6th December : 9am - 7pm

Monday 10th December to Saturday 15th December : 9am -7pm

Sunday 16th December : 10.30am - 4.30pm

Monday 17th December to Friday 21st December 9am - 8pm

Saturday 22nd December : 9am - 6pm

Sunday 23rd December : 10.30am - 4.30pm

Christmas Eve : 9am - 5.30pm

Christmas Day : Closed 

Boxing Day : 9am - 5.30pm

New Year's Eve : 9am - 5.30pm

New Year's Day : 10.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 2nd January : 9am - 5.30pm

*A list of key stores whose opening times are extended outside of the times shown will be added onto the Fremlin Walk website. 

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  1. Add Twelfth Night Celebration Concert of Carols to your Itinerary

    Twelfth Night Celebration Concert of Carols

    Maidstone

    Epiphany Celebration with carols for choir and audience followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jan 2019 To 6 Jan 2019
  2. New Year's Eve in the Castle

    Maidstone

    Champagne, fine dining, fireworks and dancing to a live band will ensure that the start to your New Year will be a truly memorable night at one of England’s oldest treasure houses, Leeds Castle. Residential guests will have plenty of time to check into their magnificent Castle State or Standard...

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  3. Add Meet Santa to your Itinerary

    Meet Santa

    Sandling, Maidstone

    Ho Ho Ho!

    Come along and meet Santa and his elves, visit his workshop and decorate some gingerbread. Santa’s reindeer will also be in residence, plus you can take a fun farm ride with the Head Elf. All paying children receive a special gift from Santa.

    Don’t forget to write your letter to...

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2018 To 24 Dec 2018
  4. Add Christmas Holidays to your Itinerary

    Christmas Holidays

    Sandling, Maidstone

    Wrap up warm and blow the Christmas cobwebs away with a visit to Kent Life. The animals will be pleased to see visitors after a short Christmas break, join in with the festive entertainment and have fun hunting for the wooden snowmen. 

    Treat yourself to a luxury hot chocolate in Dotty's Tea...

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    27 Dec 2018 To 2 Jan 2019
  5. The Winter Trail

    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 2018 To 1 Jan 2019
  6. Add Father Christmas's Fireplace to your Itinerary

    Father Christmas's Fireplace

    Maidstone

    Come and meet Father Christmas in his cosy fireside grotto!

    Leave your wish with him and receive a special present.

    Father Christmas’s magic token will also give you a chocolate treat from our cafe.

    Booking essential

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  7. Add Spike's Christmas Trail to your Itinerary

    Spike's Christmas Trail

    Maidstone

    Complete the Christmas-themed trail around the museum and claim your Spike Christmas badge!

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  8. Add Mr Carroll's Christmas Murder Mystery to your Itinerary

    Mr Carroll's Christmas Murder Mystery

    Hollingbourne

    It is Christmas Day and the Carroll family are celebrating Christmas for the first time since the recent and unexpected death of matriarch Holly Carroll. Could this Christmas be a time for togetherness and playing happy families?

    A team of professional actors will lead you through a fun-filled...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2018 To 20 Dec 2018
  9. New Year's Eve in the Fairfax Hall

    Maidstone

    Say goodbye to the old year and celebrate the start of the new at “the loveliest castle in the world”. The evening begins with a chilled glass of Champagne served in the Terrace Room of the 17th Century Fairfax Hall with spectacular views of the 900 year old Castle across the moat.

    A delicious...

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  10. 'Once Upon a Time at Christmas'

    Maidstone

    Step back in time to Christmas stories of old and see the magnificent Castle rooms beautifully displayed with glittering decorations and fragrant pine trees styled around a selection of well-known and much loved traditional festive tales.

    On your journey through our Christmas stories, children...

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 1 Jan 2019
  11. Add Father Christmas at The Hop Farm to your Itinerary

    Father Christmas at The Hop Farm

    Paddock Wood

    Father Christmas is back at The Hop Farm during selected dates, this December!

    Treat the kids and meet the big FC up close and in person in his magical grotto experience. Lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto. Make sure you arrive at your booking time and remember the time you...

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  12. Christmas Party Tribute Night - Mo-Sound Sisters

    Ashford

    Enjoy something a little different this Christmas and celebrate at one of our fabulous tribute party nights.

    Your evening includes a two-course meal followed by on-stage performances from our fantastic guest act and dancing to our resident DJ.

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    20 Dec 2018 To 20 Dec 2018
  13. Add Christmas Comedy Dining - Only Fools & 3 Courses to your Itinerary

    Christmas Comedy Dining - Only Fools & 3 Courses

    Hollingbourne

    Marlene & Boycie are hosting a Christmas dinner, but will things go to plan with Del as one of the three wise men, Rodney as Archangel Gabriel and Trigger as an elf? Uncle Albert is roaming around with mistletoe in his cap.

    A team of professional actors will lead you through a fun-filled...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    25 Jan 2019 To 25 Jan 2019
  14. Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall

    Maidstone

    Celebrate the Christmas season with your friends, colleagues or clients in the beautiful 17th Century oak-beamed Fairfax Hall, a wonderful setting decorated in true festive tradition with spectacular views across the moat to the Castle.

    Start the evening with a glass of sparkling wine prior to...

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    21 Dec 2018 To 21 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  15. Night Photography Workshop

    Maidstone

    Capture the magic of Leeds Castle at night, lit up for Christmas.

    Professional tutor Robert Canis will be on hand for guidance and discussion to help you achieve incredible images on the estate after dark. The highlight of the evening will be exclusive access to photograph the Castle's...

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    17 Dec 2018 To 17 Dec 2018
    From:
    19 Dec 2018 To 19 Dec 2018
  16. Add Aladdin 2018 to your Itinerary

    Aladdin 2018

    Maidstone

    This is a spectacular production with all the laughter and fun you ever expect for all the famiy.  The sets are beautiful, the actors excellent, the singing and dancing brilliant and the whole makes for a great evening out.  Book early to secure your favourite seat for a Magical carpet ride in 2018...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  17. New Year's Eve at Junipers

    Maidstone

    Join in our 'Pulp Ficton' party this New Year's Eve!

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  18. New Year's Eve Dinner

    Langley, Maidstone

    Join us for reception drinks and canapes from 7pm, followed by a delicious 3 course dinner from 8pm.

    Dance the night away with our DJ until 2am.

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  19. New Year's Eve Dinner

    Hollingbourne, Maidstone

    Join us for reception drinks and canapes from 7pm followed by a delicious 3 course dinner from 8pm.

    Dance the night away with our DJ until 2am.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    31 Dec 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  20. Add The Maidstone Singers' Christmas Celebration to your Itinerary

    The Maidstone Singers' Christmas Celebration

    Shepway, Maidstone

    Christmas Celebration THE MAIDSTONE SINGERS Music Director: Kathryn Ridgeway With Robin Hall (Accompanist) and the St John's CEP School Handbell Ensemble Price Includes one glass of wine or soft drink and light refreshments. An informal setting with audience participation - Book a table and bring...

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    18 Dec 2018 To 19 Dec 2018

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