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As the most wonderful time of the year creeps ever closer, here are the places in Kent you can watch the magical Christmas lights being switched on.

From one end of the county to the other, colourful displays will be decorating our towns.

Canterbury's Christmas lights following the switch on Picture: Chris Davey
Canterbury's Christmas lights following the switch on Picture: Chris Davey

Canterbury

This year's Canterbury Christmas lights switch-on is taking place on Friday, November 12.

The event is happening between 5pm and 7pm, where almost 120,000 LED lights will twinkle above the city. You'll also be able to visit the Christmas market.

The full schedule will be announced shortly, but it is hoped a parade will march through the city centre, followed by a count down in Rose Square.

For more information about the event, click here.

Canterbury's Christmas lights
Canterbury's Christmas lights

Medway

Organised by Medway Council, this year's Christmas lights switch-ons will all be hosted by kmfm presenters.

Music, giveaways, panto stars and kmfm's street team will all be at the switch-on's to help spread the festive magic.

Strood's event is taking place on Friday, November 19.

Chatham's event is taking place on Saturday, November 20.

The Rochester Christmas lights. Picture: Chris Davey
The Rochester Christmas lights. Picture: Chris Davey

The Gillingham event is happening on Friday, November 26.

Rochester's is happening on Saturday, November 27.

And finally, Rainham's is happening on Friday, December 3.

Times and those attending are to be confirmed.

For more information nearer the time visit kmfm's website.

Panto star Derek Moran and KMFM's Rob Wills at the previous Rochester Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: Chris Davey
Panto star Derek Moran and KMFM's Rob Wills at the previous Rochester Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: Chris Davey

Gravesend

This year's Gravesend switch-on is taking place on Friday, November 19, between 4pm and 7pm.

Few details are available yet but in past years, there's been Drumming Santas and around 600 school children from 14 local schools taking part in a lantern parade.

For more information about the event click here.

Canterbury 's Christmas light switch-on Picture: Andy Jones
Canterbury 's Christmas light switch-on Picture: Andy Jones

Sandwich

Sandwich's lights switch-on is happening on Saturday, December 4.

The event will include a Christmas parade, stalls, music and an indoor market with Santa’s Grotto.

For more information click here.

The Tonbridge Christmas lights switch-on in 2016
The Tonbridge Christmas lights switch-on in 2016

Tonbridge

The Tonbridge Rotary Christmas festival and fireworks will be taking place on Sunday, November 28, at Tonbridge High Street.

It will include entertainment, stalls, the switch-on and fireworks.

The event is free to attend.

For more information click here.

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