Christmas activities over December 2023

The holiday season is here, and Gravesham is brimming with festive cheer! There are many Christmas activities and events over the next month to get you in the spirit! Explore the vibrant Christmas markets, enjoy delicious food, immerse yourself in live music, and make cherished memories with loved ones.

We’ve also pulled together a calendar for activities in Maidstone and Dartford which you can view via these links:

Events in Maidstone
Events in Dartford

πŸŽ… Santa’s Workshop at Gravesend Borough Market

  • πŸ“… Nov 25 – Dec 23
  • πŸ“ Gravesend Borough Market
  • Alongside their regular pop-up weekly markets (Tues/Fabric market, Sat, and Sun), Gravesend Borough Market has prepared a Christmas extravaganza. From Christmas gift markets to delectable food, live music, and entertainment, the festivities start from Nov 25 until Dec 23.

🎨 Christmas Crafts for Kids

  • πŸ“… Dec 2-3
  • πŸ“ Gravesend Borough Market
  • Kids aged four and above can dive into Christmas craft sessions in the snug area at Gravesend Borough Market. They’ll be creating Christmas snow angels with a local professional artist. These workshops are a wonderful way for children to express their creativity, and an adult must accompany all children. Book your place for just Β£2.50 per booking.

🎁 Santa’s Grotto

  • πŸ“… Dec 2-3: 11 am-3 pm
  • πŸ“ Gravesend Borough Market
  • Experience the magic of Christmas as you visit Father Christmas in his free grotto. Every child will receive a small gift during Dec 2-3. And during the following weeks, the grotto will remain open as a selfie experience from Tuesday to Sunday so that you can capture the holiday spirit.

πŸ’Œ Letters to Santa

  • πŸ“… Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am-3 pm
  • πŸ“ Gravesend Borough Market
  • Write your wish list to Santa, then post it in the talking Pablo post-box. It’s a tradition that makes Christmas even more special.

πŸ›οΈ Gravesend’s Christmas Business Saturday

  • πŸ“… Dec 2-3
  • πŸ“ Gravesend Town Centre
  • Shop local on Small Business Saturday and discover tempting special offers, events, and discounts from brilliant independent traders who appreciate your custom throughout the year, not just at Christmas.

🚌 Ensignbus Heritage Running Day

  • πŸ“… Dec 2
  • πŸ“ The Three Daws, Town Pier Square
  • Enjoy the annual Heritage Bus Running Day with four special services aboard classic buses. Ride all day for just Β£10 (adults) or Β£2 (5-15 years).

πŸŽ… Father Christmas is coming to Shorne

  • πŸ“… Dec 2 – Dec 23
  • πŸ“ Shorne Wood Country Park
  • Follow a self-led trail through the woods to meet Father Christmas and an elf. Tickets: Β£8.50 per child (accompanying adults enter for free).

πŸŽͺ Christmas Fair

  • πŸ“… Dec 2
  • πŸ“ St George’s C of E School
  • Join ellenor’s Christmas Fair and enjoy traditional food, drink, festive music, and pick up locally made Christmas gifts.


πŸŽ„ Christmas Willow Wreath Making Workshop – πŸ“… Dec 9 – πŸ“ Trosley Park -Learn to make festive wreaths using natural materials. Tickets: Β£20.

πŸš‚ Miniature Steam Train Rides – Santa Special Train Rides – πŸ“… Dec 10 – πŸ“ Cascades Leisure Centre – Enjoy steam and diesel loco rides on Sunday afternoons. Rides for 50p.

🏑 Christmas Door Wreath Workshop – πŸ“… Dec 12 – πŸ“ Meadow Rooms, Meopham – Join a Christmas door wreath-making workshop in aid of St Mary’s Church Room. Bring your picnic lunch.

🌟 Stained Glass Star Decoration – πŸ“… Dec 14 – πŸ“ St George’s Arts Centre – Create stained-glass star decorations. Suitable for ages 16+.

πŸ” Fun Festive Trail – πŸ“… Dec 16 – Jan 2 – πŸ“ Trosley Park – Enjoy a festive self-led trail through the park.

🌿 December Half Term Trail – πŸ“… Dec 16 – Jan 2 – πŸ“ Shorne Wood Country Park – Explore the woods with a self-led activity trail.

πŸ₯ž Breakfast with Santa – πŸ“… Dec 16 – Dec 17 – πŸ“ Trosley Park – Enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas and festive crafts.

β˜• Santa’s Tea Party – πŸ“… Dec 16 – Dec 17 – πŸ“ Best Western Manor Hotel – Book a magical afternoon tea with Santa. Time slots must be pre-booked.

🌲 Christmas Explorers – πŸ“… Dec 20 – πŸ“ Shorne Wood Country Park – Explore the park for a winter wander, spot winter wildlife, and make a reindeer decoration. Recommended for children aged 2-8.

We wish all our residents a safe, happy and healthy festive season!