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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 parking in Sittingbourne

The Spirit of Sittingbourne will offer free parking at all car parks in Sittingbourne on Saturday 8 December Only, it has been announced. The move comes as an expression of gratitude to Sittingbourne residents for their patience during the roadworks.


Companionship at Christmas

Alone this Christmas, come and join Swale Community and Voluntary Services at Phoenix House with hot and cold food. Transport on request and all with no charge. Booking is essential.

10:00 - 15:00 Tuesday 25th December
10:00 - 15:00 Wednesday 26th December

For more information call 01795 473828 to be a volunteer or to book your place.





Christmas Fairs


Friday 30th November

The Oaks Infant School Winter Fayre
18.30 - 20:00 They will be Christmas eve boxes, sweets, stocking fillers, books, wooden crafts, scentsy, hampers, tree decorations, raffle, tombola, refreshments and much more. 50p entry fee per adult. Everyone welcome.

Saturday 1st December

Festive Food Fair - Tunstall Village Hall
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. Christmas shopping made easy. Orders taken for turkeys and Christmas joints. Tunstall Village Hall.

A Newnham Christmas - The George Inn Newnham
15:00 - At the George Inn Newnham there will be a traditional Village Christmas with a mini festive Christmas market, Carol singing, festive food and drink and lots more. Starting at 3pm with a special touch at 6.30pm so make sure you are all here to see!
  
Newington Church Christmas Fair
There will be a Christmas fair at Newington Village Hall. There will be a large selection of stalls, Father Christmas will be paying a visit, refreshments including mince pies and live music.

Grove Park Christmas Bazaar
10:00 - 15:00 Come along and have some fun at our Christmas Bazaar!! Come and visit Father Christmas in his “Santa’s grotto” tickets sold at the entrance £2 each or 3 for £5. Performances by the Grove Park Choir. Children free - Adults 50p

Wednesday 5th December

Tunstall School Christmas Bazaar and Carols
17:00 - 20:00 Wrap up warm for a Christmas carol sing-a-long with the salvation army it may snow. Fun and games with making lanterns, lucky dip in Santa's chimney, guess the weight of the cake, name of the reindeer and what's in the stocking, refreshments and much more stalls. Visit father Christmas in his grotto.

Saturday 8th December

Holy Trinity Christmas Fayre
10:00 - 14:00 The Holy Trinity Church will be holding its annual Christmas Fayre in the Parish Hall. There'll be the usual stalls -- including tombola, cakes and preserves, and a 'Guess the weight of a cake' competition. Tickets for a Grand Prize Draw are available, and this will be drawn at 1PM on the day.

Iwade Village Food and Craft Fayre
10:00 - 13:00 There's a great range of local Produce and stalls in the market, so why not pop along and support your local market and village. The Iwade Village Food and Craft Fayre happens on the second Sunday of every month until the end of the year.

Saturday 15th December

Christmas Craft Fair
10:00 - 14:00 Newington Village Hall are holding their Christmas Craft Fair to help raise money for The Pulmonary Hypertension Association and Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be lots of Christmas crafts and gifts available. To book a stall or display place, or to find out more information, please contact Jayne on 07799 137 548.




Concert and Carol Services


Sunday 2nd Decemeber

Traditional Advent Carol Service
18:30 St Michael's will be holding a Traditional Advent Carol Service with robed choir with seasonal refreshments. During the service there will be a collection for the this year's Advent Justice Appeal by Canterbury Diocese. Appeal funds will be shared between the Kent Winter Shelter Network, the Calais Chaplaincy and Christian Aid's work with refugees.

Saturday 8th Decemeber

Carols
17:20 Join Bredgar Community Choir On Saturday December 8, to sing carols and songs around the village. The schedule is 5.20pm at the church, 5.30pm at Gore Road (opposite the pond) 5.40pm at Travers Gardens 5.30pm at Medlar Close ending at the Farm Shop Christmas Market at 6pm

Saturday 15th December

Christmas Allsorts Carol Concert
19:00 Come and enjoy festive fun with Christmas Allsorts Carol Concert. Sittingbourne Orpheus Choral Society accompanied by pianist Michael Burleigh conducted by George Salmon. They will be carols with audience participation and fun for everyone. Tickets £10 under 11s free 11-18 £5 call Amanda Boyne 01795 423854

Wednesday 19th December

Cameo Christmas Capers
19:30 Tickets are available for Cameo Christmas Capers in Tunstall village hall. Essential Christmas entertainment includes carols, festive music and lots of fun in the traditional Cameo way. During the interval mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Tickets are available from Gordon Viggers on 477774 and Pauline Panto on 472218 early booking is recommended.




Christmas Shows and Events


Saturdays in December

Visit Santa for free in the Forum
Santa’s grotto at The Forum Shopping Centre is free to visit and is open between 11am and 3pm every Saturday until 22nd December. All children who visit will receive a festive treat. Free children’s activities and a face painter will also be in the shopping centre every Saturday in the lead up to Christmas.

Saturday 1st December

Christmas 1943
10:00 - 16:00 The Old Forge Wartime House presents Christmas 1943. There will be a small tea room where you can purchase tea, coffee and cake. Entry is £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and children and £10 for families. The Old Forge Wartime House is situated behind Character Costumes at 26-28 East Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 4RT.
  
Borden Xmas Tree Light Switch-On - The Playstool
16:00 Get December off to a great start with carols, mulled wine and mince pies plus the annual Light Switch-On in the village.

Saturday 8th Decemeber

Meet Santa
14:00 - 17:00 Father Christmas is coming to Bredgar Farm Shop. There will be lots of stalls there to buy your Christmas gifts as well

Sunday 9th Decemeber

Cinderella Christmas Pantomine - The Appleyard
11:00 Ticket prices: £7 Adults £5 Children. Doors open at 11am. Contact the main office on 01795 427852 to purchase your tickets.

Community Christingle Event - St. Michael's Church
15:00 Celebrate and show a child they're not alone this Christmas. We would love you, your friends and your family to join us at our Christingle celebration so we can help to support vulnerable children.

Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th Decemeber

Panto Time Dick Whittington
Bredgar Amateur Dramatics will hold their annual pantomime from December 13th to 15th in the village hall. Tickets for Dick Whittington are on sale at the box office hotline 07934 993693.

Various Friday 13th to Monday 24th Decemeber

Jack And The Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk is coming to the Swallows Leisure Centre this Christmas -- a giant of a pantomime, full of beans and packed with 'Fee, Fi, Fo, Fun!'. Running from Friday 14th to Monday 24th December, it promises to be a show packed with great songs, fantastic dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family. Tickets are available from only £8. Box Office on 01795 420420

Friday 21st Decemeber

Swale Film Society ‘White Christmas’ (U)
19:45 A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Tickets are £4.50 for non-members and £2.50 for members. The film duration is 2hrs and the doors will open at 7pm for a 7:45pm start. Tickets are available from 01795 471140




Christmas Party's, Dinners and Disco's


Friday 14th December

Swing 64 Club *Christmas Special*
7:30 Not only will we have the very best music of the 1930s-40s played by our very own DJ Mr. Medowlark but we also will have LIVE ENTERTAINMENT from 'The Rocket Dogs' a great Jump Jive Band ???????? Oh and of course other fun and games throughout the night! Smart vintage dress with a festive twist is optional of course is highly encouraged & welcomed!



Other Christmas Events


Friday 30th November

Christmas Tree Festival - St.Michael's Church
10:00 - 15:00 Beautiful Display of Christmas trees from across the community. There will be refreshments, stalls and tombola. Santa will be in his Grotto on Saturday 1st December. Quiet hour Saturday 9am-10am. Admission is free

Saturday 1st December

Christmas Tree Festival - St.Michael's Church
10:00 - 15:00 Beautiful Display of Christmas trees from across the community. There will be refreshments, stalls and tombola. Santa will be in his Grotto on Saturday 1st December. Quiet hour Saturday 9am-10am. Admission is free

Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd December

Elvis & Kresse Workshop Christmas Shopping - Tonge Mill, Church Road, Tonge
10:00am - 16:30pm On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December we will keep the workshop open, with lots of lovely items on display, and welcome customers for a chance to meet Elvis & Kresse and have a genuine behind the scenes experience at our workshop. If you would like to create an extra special gift this year for a very special someone, then look no further.

Monday 3rd December

Christmas Card Making
9:30 - 12:30 Swale CVS is hosting a free training course available to anybody aged 19+ and currently unemployed or on a low wage. This course offers the opportunity to design and make your own Christmas cards using a variety of resources and methods including soft pastels, paper cutting & stencils. If you are interested, please contact Jane at jane.watkins@swalecvs.co.uk or call 01795 473828.

Tuesday 4th December

Lights for Love: Highsted Grammar School
18:00 Every year, just before Christmas our Lights for Love Appeal provides a wonderful opportunity to come together and remember loved ones. It’s a chance to reflect and celebrate time spent together, leave a dedication to your loved one and make a donation to support the hospice. The events focus on remembrance, with readings, hymns, carols and refreshments afterwards.

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th December

Bobbing Christmas Tree Festival
10:00 - 17:00 All are welcome to come along and enjoy the Bobbing Christmas Tree Festival, taking place at Saint Bartholomew's Church between Friday 7th December and Sunday 9th December. There'll be hot and cold refreshments, stalls and children's activities available throughout the weekend, live musical entertainment on Saturday afternoon 1-4pm and a festive film after 5pm. 


Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th December

Christmas Tree Festival Tunstall Church
10:00 - 17:00 (ends 16:00 on Sunday) Over 100 trees created by talented groups and individuals will bring a smile to your face and hope to your heart. Admission is free but donations to the Church Fund/New Leaf Charity would be welcome. Car park and refreshments are available.

Saturday 8th December

Candle Light Remembrance Service
14:00 Bournes of Sittingbourne will be holding their annual Candle Lighting Remembrance Service at St Michaels, High St. All are welcome to join us to remember their loved ones who are no longer with us and there will be a collection to support Porchlight and their work with people who are homeless.

Sunday 9th December
  
B2R Santa Run
10:30 - 12:30 Beginners2Runners fantastic Santa Run is back for its fourth year. We have moved to Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne due to the popularity of the event. Super christmassy fun for the whole family. Our lovely route will consist of two laps so the little ones can either stop on the first lap or continue around for a second lap.

Christmas Family Fun Day
11:00 - 16:00 Come along for a fun and festive family day at the wonderful Holiday Inn Sittingbourne. Meet Santa and his elf. Watch lots of entertainment from local groups. We will have some special characters showing up. No Christmas event is complete without a chance to shop so we have a market of stalls including food, crafts gifts and more. BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!! We have rides, a bouncy castle, popcorn, candy floss, face painting, glitter tattoo's, raffle, kids games, and even more but we will leave that for you to see. Saving the best to last FREE ENTRY!!

Sunday 16th December

Rustic Christmas Tree Making Session
10:00 - 12:00 Milton Creek County Park is going to be holding a Christmas tree making session. Materials found in the park will be used to make the creations. Adult help will be needed as hand drills are going to be used. Arrive wrapped up nice and warm for the outside work




Steam Railway Santa Specials


Every Saturday and Sunday from 1st to 22nd of December

Trains will depart from Sittingbourne Viaduct station at 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm. The fare includes the roundtrip from Sittingbourne Viaduct station, departing on the hour, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete your ticket and voucher collection.

After the 15 minute journey to Kemsley Down, Father Christmas leads passengers to the Footplate Café where adults receive their seasonal refreshments and children visit Santa’s Grotto. One adult must accompany a child visiting Santa – the child will be able to choose a gift from a selection of quality toys.

There will be some time afterwards to venture out and look around Kemsley Down where we have a shop, museum and garden railway. The train will return to Sittingbourne Viaduct station to complete the entire trip within two hours.

To Book contact SKLR info@sklr.net 01795 424899 or visit the website

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

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