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Christmas in Sittingbourne

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Sittingbourne and the surrounding villages have so much to offer this Christmas, so come along and enjoy the fun.

Free Christmas park and ride

In a change from previous years there will be no free parking this year as the council have instead opted to operate a free park and ride scheme from Meadowfield School, Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4NL. 

The scheme launches on Small Business Saturday on 3 December 2016 and runs again on Saturday 10
December and Saturday 17 December. Bus services will run from 9am to 5.30pm with bus departures every fifteen minutes into the town centres and back.

The Big Switch On

This year big event is on Saturday 26th November starting at 10:00am through to 6:30pm

Come and join in the fun with stalls, entertainment, fairground rides, Santa’s grotto, lovely food and drink and explore the town’s shops. Stalls and Fairground will be trading from 10am and entertainment on the Stage in Central Avenue will start at 11am. Entertainment will include Dudes & Divas, Irish Dancing, Live Music and our lively compere and DJ Dave !

17:15 - Santa’s Parade will start at Wilkinsons

18:00 - The grand switch-on of the lights by Santa and the children from Kemsley Academy.

Christmas Fairs

Saturday 19th November

Christmas Craft Fayre - Lower Halstow
13:00 - 15:00 Come along to St Margaret's Church Christmas Craft Fayre There will be a variety of craft stalls, homemade produce, jewellery, Wooden crafts, cards etc. Refreshments available

Christmas Holistic Craft Fair
11:00 - 16:00 There will be a Christmas Holistic Craft Fair at UKP Leisure Club with over 30 stalls including Mediums and Therapists, Henna and Kids Face Painting. 

Friday 25th November

Oaks Christmas Fair
19:30 The Oaks Infant School Christmas Fair. Tables are available for traders as well as for parents selling nearly new items

Saturday 26th November

Christmas Fair - Borden
14:00 - 16:00 Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Borden Parish Hall. Home made cakes and preserves, Bric-a-brac, Christmas decorations, toys, raffle and gifts. All proceeds to St Peter and Paul Church.

Salvation Army Christmas Fair
13:00 - 18:00 The Salvation Army will be hosting a Christmas fair on Saturday at the Crescent Hall off Central Avenue and in the United Reformed Church via the High Street.

Milstead Church Christmas Bazaar
12:00 - 14:00 Milstead Church will be holding a Christmas fair in Milstead village hall. There will be many stalls and refreshments. Entry 50p 

Bapchild School Christams Bazaar
10:00 - 12:00 There will be a Christmas Bazaar at Bapchild School

Sunday 27th November

Rodmersham Pre-School Christmas Fair
14:00 - 17:00 Rodmersham Pre-School Christmas Fair will be at Rodmersham Squash Club. You can meet Santa and his elves in his grotto, have a go on the grand raffle, Guess the weight of the cake, guess the name of Santa's bear, teddy tombola, bottle tombola, lucky dip, face painting, glitter tattoos, and lots more. Entrance is 50p per adult, children go free

Tuesday 29th November

Tinkerbells Christmas Fair - Iwade Village Hal
15:00 - 17:00 Many stalls including Bric 'a' Brac, Parents presents, Bottle Tombola, Teddy Tombola, Lucky Dip, Cake Stall, Guess the Weight of the Cake, Guess the Name of the Bear and many more to come! Hot and cold drinks, mince pies and cream, sausage rolls and of course Santa's Grotto! Everybody welcome. If you would like a stall please contact Donna on 07966 762239.

Saturday 3rd December

Festive Food Fair
10:00 - 14:00 Festive Food Fair at Tunstall Village Hall. Celebrate a Kentish Christmas. Come and buy local produce at Tunstall Christmas Food Festival. Local game: pheasants, partridge, wild duck and
venison. Local free range pork, ham and prize winning sausages. Canterbury Cheese, Christmas cakes, local honey and fudge. Delicious speciality sauces, preserves and chutneys. Knockout range of Kent fruit liqueurs and sparkling ciders. Christmas shopping made easy. Orders taken for turkeys and Christmas joints. Tunstall Village Hall.

Newington Cristmas Fair
14:00 - Stalls, refreshments, grand raffle etc and live music from the Sittingbourne wind Ensemble. Newington Village Hall. For offers of help, contributions for stalls etc contact David Lane on 01795 842478

Kemsley Primary Academy Christmas Fair
11:00 - 14:00 Indoor pitches are £15. Contact Jo Budgen via Facebook for a booking form

Phoenix House Christmas Fair
14:30 - 16:30 There will be a Christmas Fair at Phoenix House, Central Avenue. If you would like to book a stall or obtain further details please call 01795 426081 or email

Christmas Book and Cake Sale
10:00 - 15:00 There will be a bumper Christmas book and cake sale at Murston Church. Face painting, free children's Christmas crafts, bric-a-brac, records, CD's, video, tapes, audio books and hundreds of books to choose from. Drop in for a coffee, cake or a mince pie and a chat. All are welcome

Saturday 10th December

Bapchild And Tonge Christmas Fair
11:00 - 16:00 Full of festive cheer come and view our range of stalls, visit our Santa's Grotto, have a hot or cold drink and view the Christmas Products on display as well as our festive facepainter. Located in the Village Hall, School Lane, Bapchild.

Sittingbourne Artisan Market
10:00 - 16:00 Sittingbourne High Street will be holding it's second Artisan Market with food, drink, local produce and crafts.

Concert and Carol Services

Saturday 26th November

Christmas Coral Society Performance
19:30 - Wolcom Yole a concert of carols and other Christmas Songs in St Mary's Church Upchurch. Entrance costs £5 (children free) with light refreshments afterwards. Welcome in the Christmas season and enjoy some audience participation carols as well.

Christmas Tree Lights
15:00 - You are invited to a festive sing along and to light up the Christmas tree on The Playstool. Open from 3pm the programme will continue at 4,15pm with the Borden Bell Ringers ringing the church bells. From 5.45pm you can sing along with member from SS Peter & Pauls choir as they sing a selection of carols and Christmas favourites. Don't forget to get a free raffle ticket to win the chance of switching on the Christmas tree lights at around 6.30pm 

Saturday 10th December

Christmas Cracker Concert
19:30 - Come and enjoy our festive fun carol concert a Christmas Cracker featuring the Sittingbourne Orpheus Choral Societywith Michael Burleigh and The Leon String Quartet conducted by Andrew Lowen. A concert of popular Christmas favourites. Full of festive cheer and yuletide fun with plenty of audience participation. Tickets £10. Children under 11 free students under 18 £5. To book contact Amanda Boyne on 01795 423854. Venue Highsted School.

Sunday 11th December

Carols by Candlelight
16:00 - Well known carols and other Christmas themed music led by St.Mary's Singers. St. Mary's church, Park Road, Sittingbourne. All welcome

Christmas Shows and Events

Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th November

Puss in Boots
Pantomime is returning to the Avenue Theatre! Oh yes it is!. Avenue Theatre Productions bring you this fun filled traditional pantomime from Ben Crocker Pantomimes. Full of laughter and audience participation be sure to book your tickets soon for a 'Perfect Proper Panto' Tickets £7 adults, £5 children under 14, Family Tickets £20 (2 adults, 2 children), Groups of 10+ all tickets £5 each ON SALE NOW. Box Office:- 01795 471140. Thurs 24th & Fri 25th at 7.30pm, Sat 26th at 2pm & 7.30pm and Sun 27th at 11am.

Thursday 1st - Saturday 3th December

Peter Pan - The Pantomime
19:30 (extra show on Saturday 3rd December at 2:30pm) Upchurch Players present their 25th Family Panto at Upchurch Village Hall. Tickets at £5 from Sue & Keith on 01634 234 780.

Sunday 11th December

Christmas Family Day
11:00 - 16:00 Have a fabulously festive family time at Swallows Leisure Centre. Meet Santa and have a photo with him on his sleigh with his real-life reindeer! Indoor Ice Skating Rink, Live bands and musical acts by Big Jam Studios, Face painting, Meet the Help the Heroes mascot ND Christmas Market with crafts, gifts, food and more! FREE Entry.

Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th December

Jack and the Beanstalk
19:00 (plus a matinee at 14:00 on Saturday) Bredgar Amateur Dramatics will be presenting their annual pantomime. It is Jack and the Beanstalk and tickets will soon be available through the BAD society members. Bredgar Village Hall

Thursday 15th - Saturday 24th December

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Which is the most spectacular pantomime of all? Join Snow White this Christmas in her fairytale adventure of a lifetime. Will Prince Lorenzo rescue his beloved Snow White from the Wicked Queen's evil spells? Will the Queens henchmen complete his perilous task upon the Princess? Will the Seven Dwarfs get to the Poisoned apple before Snow White? Featuring an all star cast include Eastender's "JOSHUA PASCOE" best known for his role as Ben Mitchell in the soap, Singing Sensation "KATE GREENWOOD" as Snow White, The Truly Wicked "VICTORIA ROBERTS" as The Wicked Queen and Sheerness's own vocalist "ROBERT BRENDAN" as Prince Lorenzo. Book your ticket online at Call the box office on 01795 420420 or book your tickets in person at the Swallow Leisure Centre

Tuesday 27th December

Christmas Arrive 'n' Drive!
10:00 - 16:00 Whether you are an individual, group of friends or family or have a party of children to occupy, come and enjoy the thrill of Karting with us at Bayford Meadows on the 27th of December. Arrive anytime between 10am and 4pm, no pre bookings taken; it's just Arrive and Drive! The experience includes a full safety briefing and driving instruction so please allow at least 1 hour for a 30 minute driving session, or longer if you have time to enjoy our on-site Diner which overlooks the circuit. All at £30 per person for 30 minutes driving or £20 per person for 15 minutes driving. Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit.

Wednesday 28th December

Christmas Cup!
11:45 arrival - Our annual seasonal event for you to come and race against others - suitable for individual drivers or teams of 2 drivers. The event consists of a 10 minute practice/qualifying session followed by 2 x 20 minute races on our SuperPro 270 Karts. A great opportunity to get together with a few friends during the festive period, an ideal Christmas gift or book a place just for yourself and see how you do! Spectators, as always, are welcome to cheer you on. 11:15 Registration. £70 per kart, min age 18. Booking required - either phone the office on 01795 410707 or book online at

Thursday 29th December

Christmas Arrive 'n' Drive!
10:00 - 16:00 Whether you are an individual, group of friends or family or have a party of children to occupy, come and enjoy the thrill of Karting with us at Bayford Meadows on the 27th of December. Arrive anytime between 10am and 4pm, no pre bookings taken; it's just Arrive and Drive! The experience includes a full safety briefing and driving instruction so please allow at least 1 hour for a 30 minute driving session, or longer if you have time to enjoy our on-site Diner which overlooks the circuit. All at £30 per person for 30 minutes driving or £20 per person for 15 minutes driving. Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit.

Christmas Party's, Dinners and Disco's

Sunday 4th December

Kids Christmas Party
15:00  UKP Leisure (Avenue of Remembrance) are holding a Kids Christmas Party. Entry is £7.50 which includes a meal and a present from Santa. For further information call 01795 427852.

Friday 9th December

The Swing 64 Club * Christmas Special
19:30 - 11:59pm Hosted By Mr. Meadowlark at Woodcombe Sports and Social Club, Church Road, Murston. The club doors will open at 7:30pm where you will be greeted by the sound of the very best in 1930s & 40s hot Jazz & Swing played by the clubs very own top class DJs, in between their fantastic sets you will also be treated to Live entertainment from the brilliant ADAM HOFFMAN, Free Buffet, Party Dances, Prize Winning Fun and more. Tickets £5 in advance and £7 on the door. Call 01795 423244.

Thursday 22nd December

Party Night Disco & Meal @ UKP Leisure
19:00 - Come and enjoy a Party Night Disco and 3 course meal at UKP Leisure. Whether it's a works party, family gathering or just a group of friends book with us for a night to remember! With DJ Dave Bowles. Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm, entry for members is £22.95 and £24.95 for non-members. For further information call 01795 427 852


Other Christmas Events

Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th November

St Michael's Christmas Tree Festival
10:00 - 16:00 (except Sunday when its starts at 12:00) St Michael's Church on the high street in Sittingbourne is holding it's third annual Christmas Tree Festival. Admission is free, refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle and a few stalls selling Christmas related items on both days. The fee for displaying a tree for businesses groups and individuals is £5, and for charities it is free of charge, phone 01795 410177.

Sunday 27th November

Christmas Tree Lighting Up Ceremony
16:30 - The 2016 Iwade Christmas Tree sponsored by Iwade Parish Council will be lit up at 4.30pm on Sunday 27th November 2016. The Iwade Can Sing choir will be singing and everyone is welcome. Note the road between Happy Days Nursery and the first junction with Sheerstone will be closed between 4 and 6pm on this day. Iwade Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience.

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th December

St John the Baptist Christmas Tree Festival
10:00 - 17:00 Tunstall Church annual Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 3rd December

Santa Saturdays with Family Homes
11:00 - 16:00 Local estate agent Family Homes will be in The Forum with Santa, providing a free craft table and face painter during the day to transform children into their favourite Christmas characters including Santa's cheeky elves and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December

St Batholomews Christmas Tree Festival
With the success of the first ever Christmas Tree Festival in 2015, St Batholomews Church, Bobbing is repeating the event. The committee would like to invite local community groups to decorate a tree to reflect their group and local businesses to promote their company. This is a fundraising event to help pay for building work being undertaken at St Batholomews. The cost for taking part is £5 for groups and £10 for businesses. Call 01795 227130.

Saturdays - 3rd, 10th and 17th December
Sundays - 4th, 11th and 18th December

Santa Specials
A great Christmas treat - come and meet Santa at Kemsley Down. Special fares apply - children under the age of 14 receive a gift from Santa whilst everyone else gets seasonal refreshments. Booking is essential.

Tuesday 6th December

Wisdom Hospice Lights for Love Appeal
18:00 - Every year, just before Christmas, The Friends of the Wisdom Hospices' Lights for Love Appeal provides a wonderful opportunity to come together and remember loved ones through their three lighting ceremonies. Highsted Grammar School in Sittingbourne. To dedicate a light online, please visit The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice website or contact Cheryl on 01634 831163 for further details

Thursday 15th December

Phoenix House "Xmas Wine & Wisdom Night"
19:00 - Phoenix House are holding another of their "Wine & Wisdom Nights", to help the continued funding of Sittingbourne's only centrally located Community Centre. Teams can consist of up to 8 people and it's £5 per head. Food is provided with a Ploughman's Supper but please bring your own refreshments. To book a place, or for further information, please contact Phoenix House on 01795 426 081 or just turn up on the night

Sunday 25th - Monday 26th December

Companionship at Christmas
10:00 - 15:00 Alone this Christmas then come along and join us at Phoenix House. Hot and cold food. Transport available on request. No charge. All welcome but booking is essential. For more information call 01795 473828. To be a volunteer or to book your place please contact Zoe Deveson or Julia Watling.

If you do require additional information, full details of all these events can be found on our events page.

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