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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 25th November 2018

Lighting Up East Kent

East Kent has plenty of lights switch-on extravaganzas to brighten your winter months, as Canterbury INDEX discovers with our round-up of Thanet events.

Ramsgate

25th November

Along the coast in Ramsgate, the High Street, King Street and Queen Street play host to the town’s lights switch-on, with activities taking place from noon.
Celebrations will include the town’s main festive fair, which is combining with the Vintage Fair (between 11am-5pm), featuring Christmas treats, gifts and decorations, all made locally, including plenty of mince pies on offer.

Another major attraction for the town will be its popular illuminations, which run between 1st -31st December, adding a magical touch to Ramsgate Harbour (above).

Broadstairs

16th November

For its part, Broadstairs and St Peter’s Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the area’s Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch-On between 12noon-5.30pm
This traditional family event features festive themed stalls, Santa in his Grotto, local choirs, and the turning on of the Christmas lights. The fayre is staged at Pierremont Park.

Westwood Cross

16th November

In addition to the main town lights there is also a big switch-on at the Westwood Cross shopping centre, which has previously attracted X Factor finalists as its star guests, with 2018s line-up being finalised as we went to press.

Folkestone

16th November

This year the town welcomes author of My Name is Leon, Kit de Waal, who will be counting down to the big switch-on and launching Folkestone Book Festival 2018. To get you in the festive spirit, local choirs will be bringing the streets to life with song, as the area’s creative businesses will be stunning crowds with their Christmas window displays and shops will have extended opening hours.

Faversham

25th November

Faversham’s Christmas lights will be illuminating the town centre in some style, with Father Christmas doing the honours to flick the switch. Previous years have included a total of around 30 special illuminated features, which have been provided by support from the council and dedicated volunteers. The event at 5pm will be followed by a special night market, which has become one of the area’s most popular celebrations, with plenty festive treats to be found.

Sandwich

1st December

A family funfair is just one of the attractions of this year’s lights switch-on in Sandwich. There will also be a lantern parade, craft fair, stalls and a free outdoor concert. Timings to be confirmed.

Westgate-on-Sea

2nd December

The village’s traditional switch-on takes place from 11am, with an appeal having been made to residents to find a local hero within the community to light up the area’s seasonal celebrations

Margate

2nd December-3rd January

While Dreamland may not be staging its own light show as such, there will be plenty of seasonal cheer in evidence with its winter wonderland Frosted Fairground, with ice-themed rides and the return of its popular ice skating rink.

Image: Thanet District Council

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