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Canterbury Christmas Lights and Christmas Market 2019: Everything you need to know

With a Christmas Market, Christmas Lights switch-on and even a Christmas Ice Rink - if you want to feel fantastically festive, Canterbury has got you covered.

Christmas Lights switch-on

Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch-on (Picture: Matt Wilson) (20127079)
Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch-on (Picture: Matt Wilson) (20127079)

The Canterbury Christmas Lights switch-on event takes place on Friday, November 15, in St George's Street between 4pm and 6pm.

There will also be Christmas Market on the same day - although only in St George's Street - with free park and ride from 3pm. The full market launches on Friday, November 22 (see more details below).

On November 15, there will be a food hall with local makers selling delicious delicacies and hand-crafted gifts. There will also be a helter skelter and giant snow globe to enjoy.

The Christmas Lights will be illuminated in glorious festive colours by kmfm breakfast presenters Garry and Laura between 5.30pm and 5.50pm, along with the cast of the Marlowe's Mother Goose panto.

The market will stay open after the switch-on, with mulled wine on offer.

Laura and Garry from kmfm's breakfast show will switch on Canterbury's Christmas Lights
Laura and Garry from kmfm's breakfast show will switch on Canterbury's Christmas Lights

You can find more details about Canterbury's Christmas Lights switch-on here.

Canterbury Christmas Market

Canterbury's Christmas Market draws thousands of visitors every year
Canterbury's Christmas Market draws thousands of visitors every year

The full Christmas Market will run from Friday, November 22, to Christmas Eve.

There will be dozens of stalls, live music - and the chance to meet Father Christmas.

The market will spread across the city, covering Whitefriars Square, Gravel Walk, Marlowe Arcade, Whitefriars Street, Rose Lane and St George’s Street.

There will be live music and performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

More than 70 Christmas-themed huts will be dotted around the city, plus two craft and produce areas. Organisers say scrumptious festive food from across the world will be on offer.

You can't beat Christmas in Canterbury
You can't beat Christmas in Canterbury

More details about Canterbury's Christmas Market can be found here.

To find out about all the Christmas Markets across Kent, click here.

Canterbury Christmas Ice Rink

Canterbury even has a festive ice rink this year
Canterbury even has a festive ice rink this year

Meanwhile, the city will also be hosting Canterbury on Ice this festive season.

The ice rink will be up and running in the Dane John Gardens from November 29 to January 1.

For everything you need to know about Canterbury's Christmas Ice Rink, click here.

To find out what’s going on in the county and for all the latest entertainment news click here.

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