Christmas in Kent in 2016

This article was about Christmas in Kent in 2016. We’ll be updating this with 2017 event information later in the year. Our places in Kent are ready to share their festive traditions with you. Explore historic houses decorated for Christmas of years gone by, then tackle festive trails around our winter gardens and estates. Warm chilly hands in front of a roaring fire, take part in Christmas crafts and enjoy festive theatre for all ages. Plus every time you visit you help us keep those Christmas lights twinkling bright for years to come.

Ightham Mote decorated for Christmas

Ightham Mote 

Wander through Yuletides of yesteryear in our 700-year-old moated manor decorated for Christmases past. Experience the true magic of Christmas with carols by candlelight, then work off the festivities on our annual Boxing Day Ramble. Daily 26 November to 1 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 11am to 3pm.

The view from the restaurant at Sissinghurst in winter

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

For a break from all things twinkly try our Doodles exhibition, showcasing original artworks by well-known artists and celebrities. Then climb the tower to see Vita and Harold’s marginalia and doodles too. Get back into the Christmas spirit with a festive lunch with a view, featuring produce fresh from our winter vegetable plot. Doodles runs daily 3 December to 3 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 11am to 3.30pm.

Putting the finishing touches to the tree

Scotney Castle 

A festive ‘woodland wonderland’ comes alive at Scotney, with natural sculptures around the garden. Make decorations to take home and visit the tree to make your wish. There's also carols and a scrumptious Christmas lunch to warm the cockles. Daily 3 December to 1 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 10am to 3pm.

Robins on top of letter boxes Christmas decorations

White Cliffs of Dover 

Reinvigorate the senses with panoramic winter views of the stormy Channel, then warm-up with a browse round our clifftop Christmas shop packed with inspired festive goodies and gifts. Find delightful stocking-fillers from decadent chocolates to delicate ornaments, or recreate our Christmas scents at home with luxury candles and mulled spices. Open daily in December (closed 24 & 25 December), 11am to 4pm.