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Christmas Events Near Upchurch, Sittingbourne & Kent 2023


It's coming up for that most wonderful time of the year once again! To help you get in the Christmas spirit here are some amazing things to do near to us at Nursery Days for you and your children. If we've forgotten anything please feel free to add to the comments section at the end of this post!


Christmas at Hever Castle

This Christmas at Hever Castle, spend quality time with loved ones and enjoy a seasonal experience to remember, now in its 17th year. The magical Christmas Lights experience starts from 16:00 when you can wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars to explore the grounds. Witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas.


Address: Hever Castle, Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG.

Dates: 18 November - 01 January 2024

Tickets: See website for details


Christmas at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park

A true Christmas Experience, the highlight of the visit will be meeting Father Christmas in his magical grotto, where children will be invited to select a gift of choice from the well stocked toy shop.

You can also graduate from Elf School, snuggle up in front of some Christmas films, visit the sweet shop, build your own teddy bear*, catch a live show – or visit The Snow Inn for festive food and drink. Make sure you catch a ride on The Jingle Express too!


Address: Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU.

Dates: 25th November - 24th December (Selected dates)

Tickets: Adult – £10.00, Child (1 – 15) – £18.00 and under 1 – £8.00. (Non member prices).



Christmas Grotto at the Reindeer Centre

Father Christmas and his team of elves will be returning to the Reindeer Centre to meet all the good boys and girls, parents and grandparents from the 12th of November.

Dates: 12th and 13th of November, then every day from Saturday 19th November until the 24th of December.

Address: The Reindeer Centre, Capralama Farm, Pluckley Road, Bethersden, Kent, TN26 3EQ.

Dates: Open 10am till 4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30 am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. (last entry is 3pm) Selected Dates - see website

Tickets: Adults from £14.00 and Children from £20.00 (including gift).


Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Discover magnificent trees on a magical illuminated trail at Bedgebury.

Enjoy an after-dark trail at Bedgebury National Pinetum this winter. Firmly positioned as unmissable within the UK’s seasonal calendar, over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun.

Address: Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ.

Dates: Friday 17 November - Sunday 31 December 2023 - Selected evenings

Tickets: Check website for member and non-member pricing.



Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle

Returning for its second year, an all-new reimagined, magical Christmas trail featuring enchanting illuminations and Christmas music, will fill the air and light up the glamorous and historic Leeds Castle. This is the perfect way for you and your friends or family to get into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas.


Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way. It’s a place where you will make new traditions, a place designed for picture-perfect gatherings. Discover sparkling chandeliers delicately suspended in the trees, a laser garden filled with tiny beams of light, a path of twinkling mirrored hearts and Feast of Light, immersive glowing strings filled with all the colours of the rainbow, are just some of the new displays to see this year.


Address: Leeds Castle, Broomfield, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL.

Dates: 24th November to 31st December 2023.

Tickets: Adults – from £27.50 with parking, children (4 – 15) – from £15.00. Children under 4 – FREE.

Address: Leeds Castle, Broomfield, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL.

Dates: 25th November to 1st January 2023.

Tickets: See website


Canterbury Christmas Market

Set within the heart of historic Canterbury, The Canterbury Christmas Market 2023 is here, ready to unfold a magical, festive spectacle that will warm your hearts.


Immerse yourself in the festive ambiance as you explore the myriad of Christmas-themed stalls. The scent of mulled wine and hot chocolate, the delicious allure of festive treats, and the visual spectacle of handcrafted ornaments, unique gifts, and beautiful decorations will surely instill the joy and sparkle of the holiday season.


Address: Canterbury Christmas Market, Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TF.

Dates: 10th November until 24th December

Tickets: FREE.



Rochester Christmas Market

Get your Christmas shopping off to a fun and festive start at the Rochester Christmas Market.

Set in the spectacular Rochester Castle gardens, the Christmas markets are held over three consecutive weekends. It's the ideal place to search for that special gift and stocking fillers by wandering around the many craft and trade stalls. Food and drink stalls are available to purchase hot and cold beverages, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and much more.


Address: Rochester Castle, Castle Hill, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1SW.

Dates: Select dates from 25th November to 10th December 2023

Tickets: Free.


We hope we have given you some inspiration for things to do on the run up to Christmas!


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