Christmas in Kingston 2017 is gearing up to be the most magical yet with a huge range of events that will put the town on the map as a festive destination.
Lights, Christmas market and shopping
The festivities get underway on November 16 with Kingston Town Centre’s light switch-on at 6pm following the launch of the Christmas Market earlier that day. In the Ancient Market Place and surrounding Alpine Village mulled wine, street food and live entertainment will all be on offer. The Candy Cane Forest, featuring children’s entertainment and fairground rides, is a new addition for 2017.
The market will open Sunday to Wednesday, from 10am until 6pm, and Thursday to Saturday, from 10am until 8pm. Its trove of unique and handmade giftware on sale in the traditional wooden cabins will complement the offer in the town’s 500 shops and two shopping malls.
Children’s Literary Festival
On November 18, the first Kingston Children’s Literary Festival launches with some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors lined up for readings. They include Olaf Falafel, illustrator and animator, Tom McLaughlin, author, Katherine Woodfine, blogger and fantasy writer, A. Bello and the award-winning Pete Johnson, author of over 50 books. Click here for schedule and to book.
Seven Kings Trail
A quirky Christmas activity can be found in The Seven Kings Trail. Find all seven kings around the town centre to win an iPad. Pick up a trail map from the literature racks on Clarence Street or in Market Place, or click here to download one.
Find out which book each king is reading then pop your answers in the special post box by Candy Cane Forest.
Creative Christmas workshops
A range of creative workshops, from hamper-making to cocktail-creating, from party prepping to mastering make-up, and from felting to festive wreath-making are on offer at venues across the town. Click here for the full range.
Father Christmas will be in his grotto in Bentalls award-winning toy department on the third floor. The visit to Father Christmas is free and a special gift costs £4.99 per child. This includes a £1 donation to local charity, Momentum, which supports families whose children have cancer or a life-limiting condition..
This year’s Christmas show at The Rose Theatre is Alice in Winterland. It runs from Thursday, 7 December until Sunday, 7 January and is sponsored by Kingston Futures partner CNM Estates. The Lewis Carroll original is adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville, with music and lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer. Alice’s world of ice will be made magical by evocative music and strikingly imaginative designs, puppetry and projections. Click here for show times and to book.