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Christmas light switch ons across Kent in 2014 from Whitstable to West Malling, Faversham to Margate

The lights will sparkle into life on Saturday, November 29, with music performed by the Faversham Brass Band, who have played at the event for the last 32 years, as well as school choirs in the morning and the Rock Choir at around 2.30pm. A Christmas tree will be included in Market Place and organisers have said never-seen-before features will go on display in Preston Street. The lights will be switched on in Market Place at 5pm with a night food and craft market with fairy lights, mulled wine and cider.

Last year's Faversham switch on
Last year's Faversham switch on

On Saturday, November 29, the High Street Christmas lights will come alive at 4.30pm with kmfm DJ and local lad Ben Pearce appearing.

The town starts the Christmas season with a festive event including carol-singing, music, and late night shopping, culminating in the lights switch on at Turner Contemporary at 6pm on Friday, November 28. Starting at 5pm at the bottom of the High Street at the Piazza, the festive parade of singing and music moves through the old town to the gallery where Stagecoach Shooting Stars perform a festive dance at 5.30pm. The Theatre Royal’s Beauty and the Beast panto cast will countdown to the lights switch on. There will also be a visit from Santa and the gallery cafe will serve hot drinks, mince pies and turkey and cranberry sandwiches. The Big Sing choir will perform a range of festive pop songs and artist Zoe Murphy will make festive folk decorations.

Illuminations will go on at Rainham Shopping Centre on Friday, November 28, when the guest will be Barney from Dinosaur Train. Children’s entertainments run from 3.45pm to 5.15pm. Lights will be switched on at 5pm.

SHEERNESSThe main switch-on for Sheppey takes place between 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, November 29, in Sheerness High Street. Illuminations have been installed around the Clock Tower, High Street and the Broadway.

The town’s lights switch-on is in the High Street at 4.30pm on Saturday, November 29. Thanks to the Sittingbourne Christmas Lights Association, a host of events are lined up, including quizzes, stalls, Santa on his sleigh and lots more.

Turning on the lights in West Malling last year
Turning on the lights in West Malling last year

West Malling’s High Street will be busy on Sunday, November 30 for this year’s Christmas Festival. Live entertainment kicks off at noon and a school choir competition, Santa’s Grotto and ice rink will all feature. The lights will go on at 5pm, with a variety of food and craft stalls available.

Whitstable’s Christmas lights will be switched on in the town centre on Saturday, November 29. The event will include a lantern procession tand the focal point of the event will be St Alphege Church, where the Christmas Tree of Life will be found. The lights will go on at 4.15pm.

Christmas event

The prospect of Mr Tumnus and the magical world of Narnia coming to Kent this Christmas has proved so popular that all tickets have sold out at PENSHURST PLACE, near Tonbridge. Anyone lucky enough to have tickets will enjoy a garden trail, face painting, craft activities, a candy cane and a gift. Visitors will pass through the coats of the wardrobe and join Mr Tumnus before meeting Father Christmas himself. Something still available to visit is Penshurt’s Christmas gift shop, which is bursting with a seasonal selection of stocking gifts. Trees, wreaths and estate-grown mistletoe are also available. The shop is open until Christmas Eve. The Narnia Grotto runs from Saturday, November 29, until Tuesday, December 23. Visit www.penshurstplace.com

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