Get into the spirit of the season with these Kent Christmas Lights Switch Ons. Enjoy a variety of stalls, rides and activities – and maybe even meet Santa and his reindeer! To add an event contact us here.

We also have listings for pantos, grottos, and Christmas markets events in Kent.

We do our best to provide accurate details, but please check with the organisers before travelling.

November 2017

Bluewater Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 9 November 2017, 5.00pm-8.00pm
Greenhithe, Kent DA9 9ST
New this year, you are invited to enjoy The Big Christmas Switch On, an evening of indoor festive performances taking place around the mall including comedy, dance, music and more. Lights switched on at 6.30pm.
bluewater.co.uk

Canturbury Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 16 November 2017
St George’s Street
The annual tradition of the Christmas Lights Switch-On in November marks the start of the festive period and late night shopping in the city. Lights switched on between 6.30pm and 6.45pm
www.canterburybid.co.uk/christmas

Chatham Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 17 November 2017, 3.45pm-5.00pm
Junction of Meeting House Lane and Chatham High Street
Head into Chatham to see Hollyoaks star Andy Moss and the Mayor press the magic button to turn the Christmas lights on at 5pm. With music, dancing, competitions and prizes.
new.medway.gov.uk

Westwood Cross Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 17 November 2017, 4.00pm-6.30pm
Westwood, CT10 2BF
Join Westwood Cross for an evening of family fun and festivities as we switch on our Christmas lights on Friday 17 November. From 4pm to 6.30pm outside Primark, join kmfm presenters and panto stars from Theatre Royal to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. The lights will be switched on at 6pm. 
westwoodx.co.uk

Deal Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 17 November 2017
Deal High Street
Annual switch on of the Christmas lights in Deal. Event includes: Music from 6pm; Father Christmas arrives 7pm; Lights switch-on 7.30pm.
www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk

Folkestone Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 17 November 2017
Folkestone Creative Quarter
With twinkling lights, chocolate treats and Christmas sweaters aplenty, what better way to kick off the festive season “officially”, than with an evening of light, song, cheer and shopping! At 5.30pm on Friday 17 November, author of the Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, will be turning on the Christmas lights in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter as carol singers and live music fill the air with sounds of joy and merriment as we build up to the big day!
www.creativequarterfolkestone.org.uk

Gravesend Frost Fair Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 17 November 2017, 4.00pm-7.00pm
Community Square, Gravesend
Bands and street performers will entertain shoppers in the town centre in the afternoon and you are invited to then join in the fun as the parade gathers from 4pm on the square outside the Civic Centre. At 4.30pm the Community Square Christmas tree will be switched on by The Mayor of Gravesham, Councillor Harold Craske. A lantern parade, organised in partnership with Cohesion Plus, will process through the town. As the parade processes, it will stop at various points for the Christmas lights to be switched on, marking the start of this year’s festive season.
www.gravesendboroughmarket.co.uk

Rochester Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 18 November 2017, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Junction of Blue Boar Lane and Rochester High Street
Head over to Rochester from 12noon on Saturday 18 November for street entertainment from local performers. Don’t go anywhere as from 2pm the High Street will be filled with a sea of red Santa’s as our fun run gets underway. Come to watch or join in yourself by registering for the Santa fun run. Then, from 3.45pm there’s fun for all the family, including entertainment, competitions and prizes. All hosted by Heart presenter James Heming. Plus, there will be an appearance by TV personality Claire Sweeney who will be pushing the magic button with the Mayor, at around 5pm.
new.medway.gov.uk

Christmas Market at Light Up Larkfield, Maidstone
Saturday 18 November 2017, 5.00pm-7.00pm
24-28 Martin Square, Maidstone, Kent ME20 6QJ
Larkfield Community Group together with Martin Square Traders Association, are organising a ceremony for switching on the lights around the square. Santa’s coming with sweets for the kiddies, and they will have a chance to enter a Christmas picture competition prior to the day, with the winners being displayed in Mc Colls newsagents window and prizes given at the ceremony. Free glass of mulled wine for adults, market stalls, carols and switch on at 5.00. Cakes, hot drinks and mince pies will be on sale in the cafe.
www.facebook.com/events

Rochester Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 19 November 2017, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Junction of Blue Boar Lane and Rochester High Street
Head over to Rochester from 12noon on Saturday 18 November for street entertainment from local performers. Don’t go anywhere as from 2pm the High Street will be filled with a sea of red Santa’s as our fun run gets underway. Come to watch or join in yourself by registering for the Santa fun run. Then, from 3.45pm there’s fun for all the family, including entertainment, competitions and prizes. All hosted by Heart presenter James Heming. Plus, there will be an appearance by TV personality Claire Sweeney who will be pushing the magic button with the Mayor, at around 5pm.
new.medway.gov.uk

West Malling Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 19 November 2017, 12.00pm-5.15pm
West Malling
The West Malling Festival boasts real life reindeer you can pet, an ice rink for the children and a Santa’s Grotto. Lights switched on at 5.00pm.
www.westmallingfestival.co.uk

Fremlin Walk Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 23 November 2017, 4.00pm-9.00pm
62 Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS
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.
www.fremlinwalk.co.uk

Tenterden Christmas Market & Lights Switch On
Friday 24 November (12.00pm-9.00pm) & Saturday 26 November (10.00am-8.00pm) 2017
High Street, Tenterden, Kent
The High Street will be transformed on the last weekend in November – let Christmas begin! There’ll be a traditional Christmas market and street entertainment along with – Santa’s grotto behind the Woolpack and Town Hall, snow machines, and community initiatives. Christmas lights switch-on on Friday 24th – join the light procession from Recreation Ground Road at 4.40pm to St Mildred’s Church for the service then on to the Tenterden Rotary Club Christmas tree in front of the Town Hall, where the town Christmas lights will be switched on at 5.30pm.
www.mytenterden.co.uk

Gillingham Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 24 November 2017, 3.45pm-5.00pm
Smiths Square, High Street, Gillingham, Kent
Join Gillingham from 3.45pm for family entertainment with Claire Lawson (Heart presenter) who will be introducing performances by: 15 year old singing sensation Jack Rose X-Factor finalist, Joseph (formerly of the band Rough Copy) Star of the West End, Catherine Cassell Plus, competitions and prizes to be won. The lights will be switched on by the Mayor at around 5pm.
new.medway.gov.uk

Sevenoaks Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 24 November 2017, from 6.00pm
Smiths Square, High Street, Gillingham, Kent
A full programme of entertainment, with a Santa’s Grotto outside Specsavers from 6.00pm-8.30pm. The Mayor and the pantomime cast will turn on the lights at 7.30pm.
sevenoakschristmaslights.wordpress.com

Sandwich Christmas Lights Switch On and Market
Saturday 25 November 2017, from 10.00am
Sandwich Town Centre
Festive stalls, music, street entertainment and lots of food and drink. A lantern-lit parade around the town in early evening and the Grand Christmas lights switch on at 7pm. Festive stalls in and around the Guildhall from 10.00am. Santa’s grotto upstairs in the Guildhall from 11.00am. The outdoor programme starts at 3.00pm.
sandwichevents.org.uk

Faversham Christmas Lights Night Food Market & Light Switch On
Saturday 25 November 2017, 5.00pm-10.00pm
Faversham Town Centre, Market Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AG
The evening will kick off at 5pm with the switch on the fabulous Faversham Christmas lights by Father Christmas and friends, then 6pm, the night market will start with plenty of delicious local food and drinks to choose from and entertainment galore! Don’t forget to wrap up warm so you can enjoy the festivities all evening in comfort! Blankets are recommended if you aren’t dancing!
www.favershammarket.org

Strood Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 25 November 2017, 3.45pm-5.00pm
Friary Place, High Street, Strood
Enjoy family entertainment from 3.45pm from a Heart presenter. There will also be: choir singing competitions and prizes and an appearance by Owlette from the hit children’s show PJ Masks Join children’s TV character Owlette from PJ Masks as the Christmas lights come on, on Saturday 25 November at around 5pm.
new.medway.gov.uk

Strood Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 25 November 2017, time tbc

Paddock Wood Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 26 November 2017, time tbc
Paddock Wood
Street entertainment, Christmas market stalls, food and drink, an appearance by Santa and a small funfair will mark the arrival of Christmas.

Ramsgate Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 26 November 2017, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Ramsgate Town Centre – High Street, King Street, Queen Street and Harbour Street
Annual Christmas Fair with events including • Entertainment including a children’s choir, singers and pantomime personalities • Land train • Snow machine • Santa’s grotto • Craft fair and charity stalls • Children’s fairground rides • Children’s workshop creating lanterns for the winter procession. Switch on at 4pm
www.ramsgatetown.org

Tonbridge Rotary Christmas Festival & Lights Switch On
Sunday 26 November 2017, 1.50pm-6.15pm
High Street & Sovereign Way Car Park
On stage entertainment begins 2.25pm. Christmas Light Switch on 5pm. Firework Display 6pm.
www.tmbc.gov.uk

 

 

December 2017

Raingham Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 1 December 2017, 3.45pm-5.00pm
Rainham Shopping Centre, Gillingham, ME8 7HW
There will be family entertainment from 3.45 with a Heart presenter. The Deputy Mayor will switch on Rainham’s Christmas lights, at around 5pm and everyone’s favourite bear character, Paddington™ will be there too!
new.medway.gov.uk

Westerham Late Night Shopping & Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 1 December 2017, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Westerham Town Centre
Westerham’s Christmas Lights will switched on by Father Christmas supported by his trusty Elves in their vintage car which has been dusted down and spruced up for the occasion! Father Christmas and his elves will switch on the lights at 6.30pm.
www.visitwesterham.org.uk

Sheerness Christmas Market, Lantern Parade And Lights Switch On
Saturday 2 December 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Sheerness Town Centre
The Sheerness Town Team are pleased to announce the date for their traditional light switch on, lantern parade and christmas market. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
www.facebook.com/events

Broadstairs Christmas Fayre & Lights Switch On
Saturday 2 December 2017, 11.30am-6.00pm
Sheerness Town Centre
This takes place on the hardstanding area around Pierremont Hall. It is a traditional Xmas Fayre with Xmas themed stalls, choirs, entertainment and the turning on of the Xmas tree lights, as well as Santa in his magical grotto.
www.broadstairschamber.org.uk

Dover Light Switch On & Christmas Market
Saturday 2 (11.00am-8.00pm) & Sunday 3 December 2017 (10.00am-4.00pm)
Dover Town Centre
Come along to the Christmas in Dover event on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December.  This two-day event in Dover’s Town Centre will include market stalls selling crafts and local food and drink, a helter skelter in the Market Square, carol singers, Santa’s Grotto plus on Saturday afternoon the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm.
www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk

Westgate-on-Sea Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 3 December 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Station Road, Westgate-on-Sea
After another Successful year WCLC are please to announce the date for 2017. Bigger and better than last year with 70 stalls in our Christmas Market, 2 stages filled with entertainment and fun fair to kick off the festive season. Lights will be switched on at approximately 4.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there. Entry is free.
www.facebook.com/westgatechristmaslights