Christmas Events in Kent – Updated for 2021

Christmas themed events are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, and luckily, there are plenty of them happening in Kent this year. We thought we would make things a bit easier by creating a guide to all the best Kent Christmas events, so you can have all the information you need in one place.

If you are organising a Christmas event and it is not already on this list, you can add it to The Tourist Trail for others to see by filling out our ‘upload your event’ form.

Or just keep reading to see our list of Christmas events in Kent…

Experience Christmas & Meet Santa at Kent Life

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU

Christmas at Kent Life in 2021 is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Of course the highlight will be visiting Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

Graduate from elf school, learn about Victorian Christmas traditions in Petts Farmhouse, snuggle up in front of some Christmas films in the Chapel, visit the new sweet shop, stop off for mulled wine and food, decorate gingerbread or make reindeer food.

Dates Father Christmas will be visiting:

  • Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November
  • Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December
  • Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December
  • Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th December
  • Monday 20th – Friday 24th December

Tickets: Adult £9.00 | Concession £8.00 | Child (age 1-15) £15.00


Hever Castle, Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG

This Christmas at Hever Castle experience the Adventures of Pinocchio.

Event Dates:

  • 20 November – 5 December (Wed – Sun)
  • 8 – 23 December (Daily)
  • 24* December (Daytime Tickets Only)
  • 27 December – 30 December (Daily)
  • 31* December (Daytime Tickets Only)
  • 1 – 3 January (Daily)

Opening Times:

  • 11:30 – 20:30*
  • Daytime Ticket Arrival Times – 11:30 – 14:45 (last entry 15:00, last exit *18:30)
  • Twilight Ticket Arrival Times* – 16:00 – 18:45 (last entry* 19:00, last exit* 20:30)
  • *On 24 & 31 December final entry is at 15:00 and final exit 16:30

Christmas At Bedgebury

Bedgebury Pinetum, off Lady Oak Lane, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SL

“It’s definitely the most wonderful time of year when the after-dark sparkling trail lights up once more. A one-mile path winds magically through Bedgebury National Pinetum. The tree-tops will glisten and shimmer drenched in seasonal colour, on this festive adventure in a world of trees….”


  • Friday 19th November – Sunday 21st November
  • Thursday 25th November – Sunday 28th November
  • Wednesday 1st December – Sunday 5th December
  • Tuesday 7th December – Sunday 12th December
  • Tuesday 14th December – Friday 24th December
  • Saturday 26th December – Monday 3rd January

Times: 4:15pm*, 4:30pm*, 4:45pm, 5:00pm, 5:15pm, 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:15pm*, 7:30pm*, 7:45pm*, 8:00pm*

Places to Stay in Kent

House of Agnes

71 St. Dunstan's Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8BN

The Retreat Lodges

Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Kent, TN26 3LJ

Shepherd’s Hut | Kent

Icknor, Old Forge Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent

Kent Christmas Fair at Kent Event Centre

Maidstone Exhibition Hall, Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, ME14 3JF

The Kent Christmas Fair offers a unique and exciting event with up to 100 craftsmen and women showing their natural creative talents and enthusiasm in a vast range of inspirational gifts.

The specialist food piazza will delight the taste buds with cheeses, chutneys, pies, coffee and confectionary all made to the highest standards.

Dates: 5th, 6th, and 7th November 2021

Winter Wonderland – Kent Showground 2021

Kent Showground, Maidstone, ME143JF

Date: Sunday 12th December 2021

Time: Starts at 4pm

Santa Specials at the Kent & East Sussex Railway


We love Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway and we have been welcoming families to meet Santa on our trains for 46 years! There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a steam train ride knowing your child will meet Santa and receive a gift, all from the comfort of your allocated seats. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

Dates: 4 Dec 2021 – 24 Dec 2021

Times: Monday – Sunday 12pm –  3pm

Places to Visit & Businesses in Kent

Diggerland Kent

Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2NU

Dover Castle

Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU

Hangloose Adventure | Bluewater

Bluewater Parkway, Dartford, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST

Joe’s Bows | Falconry & Archery

Mount Ephraim, Staplestreet Road, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9TX

Kent Life Heritage Farm Park

Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU

The Retreat Cafe Restaurant

Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Kent, TN26 3LJ

Village Hotel, Restaurant, Pub, & Gym- Maidstone

Castle View, Forstal Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AQ

Willows Bird of Prey Centre

Coolings Green and Pleasant, Main Road, Knockholt, Kent, TN14 7LJ

The Retreat Lodges

Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Kent, TN26 3LJ