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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 1st December 2018

Christmas in Tunbridge Wells

It certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas…the town’s twinkly Christmas lights are sparkling, Santa has taken up residence in his magical fireside themed grotto in Royal Victoria Place and the cast of this year’s pantomime at the Assembly Hall are gearing up to entertain and amuse right through from now until January – and not forgetting the chance to catch up with Ratty, Mole and the rest of their friends when Wind In The Willows comes to Trinity Theatre from 13th December to 2nd January (trinitytheatre.net).

And with late night shopping and free parking in the town’s car parks on selected dates during December, planning a stress-free run-up to Christmas couldn’t be easier.

Shop 'til you drop!

Whatever you’re looking for – be it a gift for a loved one or something to spoil yourself – Tunbridge Wells’ vast range of independent and vibrant businesses, nestling alongside high street names, offer something unique and personal for all tastes, ages and budgets.

Camden Road, the town’s creative quarter, boasts a rich history, and an abundance of independent shops and hidden gems all waiting to be discovered. From a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bars, a butchers, delicatessens, lighting and interiors stores to a homeopathic pharmacy, jeweller, hairdresser, gift shops, art galleries and so much more, the rich melting pot of ventures draws local and visiting customers, keen to experience the vibrant atmosphere.

Festive markets

Make a date in your diary to pick up local fresh produce for all your festive fare, along with those last minute gifts, at the December farmers’ markets taking place in Civic Way outside the Town Hall on Saturdays 8th and 22nd, between 9am-2pm.

And once you’ve explored the top end of town, it’s time to venture on down to discover the Christmas charm of the boutique High Street, Chapel Place and The Pantiles…

What's On This Festive Season

Until 24th December
Santa’s Grotto
Santa’s ‘Fireside themed’ Grotto is located on level 1 opposite M&S.
Royal Victoria Place TN1 2SS

Until 2nd January
Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink
Calverley Grounds TN1 1SJ

1st December
Disorder Recordings Presents
Forum Basement, Sussex Arms TN2 5TE

1st & 2nd December
Pantiles Market
The Pantiles TN2 5TN

1st December
Dylan Moran
BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran embarks on his brand-new tour - Dr Cosmos.
Assembly Hall Theatre TN1 2LU

1st December
Santa Specials
Enjoy a ride through the winter countryside on the Spa Valley Railway.
Eridge Station TN3 9LE

2nd December
Nicola Benedetti
She will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2.
Assembly Hall Theatre TN1 2LU

2nd December
Santa Specials
Enjoy a ride through the winter countryside on the Spa Valley Railway.
Eridge Station TN3 9LE

3rd December
Skindred
The Forum TN4 8YU

5th December
Under 18s Open Mic Night
The Forum TN4 8YU

5th December
Singles Skate Soiree
Meet other like-minded local singles whilst taking a spin around the ice.
Calverley Grounds TN1 1SJ (Contact Assembly Hall Theatre)

5th-12th December
Wreath Making at Calverley Grounds
Make your own beautiful 3D Christmas ivy and holly wreath.
The Polar Bar, Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink, Calverley Grounds TN1 1SJ (Contact Assembly Hall Theatre)

6th December
King 810
The Forum TN4 8YU

6th-8th December
Christmas Comedy Cafe
The Christmas Comedy Cafe has played host to some of the brightest talent on the comedy scene.
Trinity Theatre

7th December – 2nd January
Sleeping Beauty
An enchanting pantomime for all the family.
Assembly Hall Theatre TN1 2LU

7th December
Fliptrix
The Forum TN4 8YU

8th & 9th December
Pantiles Market
The Pantiles TN2 5TN

8th December
Farmers’ Market
Civic Way TN1 1RS

8th December
Santa Specials
Enjoy a ride through the winter countryside on the Spa Valley Railway.
Eridge Station TN3 9LE

8th December
HEAD UP: Small Wood Stock
The Forum TN4 8YU

8th December
HEAD UP
Forum Basement, Sussex Arms TN2 5TE

9th December
Santa Specials
Enjoy a ride through the winter countryside on the Spa Valley Railway.
Eridge Station TN3 9LE

9th December
Comedy Tapas
Forum Basement, Sussex Arms TN2 5TE

10th December
Ben Ottewell of Gomez
The Forum TN4 8YU

13th December – 2nd January
The Wind In The Willows
Trinity Theatre TN1 1JP

14th December
SWiTCH - House & Techno
The Forum TN4 8YU

15th & 16th December
Pantiles Market
The Pantiles TN2 5TN

15th December
All The Above Christmas Party
Forum Basement, Sussex Arms TN2 5TE

15th December
Santa Specials
Enjoy a ride through the winter countryside on the Spa Valley Railway.
Eridge Station TN3 9LE

15th December
Back to the 80s
The Forum TN4 8YU

16th December
The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)
Film at Trinity: The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale.
Trinity Theatre TN1 1JP

16th December
Santa Specials
Enjoy a ride through the winter countryside on the Spa Valley Railway.
Eridge Station TN3 9LE

19th December
Richard Durrant's Candlelit Christmas
Richard returns to Trinity Theatre with singer Amy Kakoura and master fiddler Nick Pynn.
Trinity Theatre TN1 1JP

20th December
ROH: The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll.
Trinity Theatre TN1 1JP

20th December
Mike Wilton of The Standard Lamps
The Forum TN4 8YU

21st-24th December
Santa Specials
Enjoy a ride through the winter countryside on the Spa Valley Railway.
Eridge Station TN3 9LE

21st December
Indie Disco
The Forum TN4 8YU

22nd & 23rd December
Pantiles Market
The Pantiles TN2 5TN

22nd December
Farmers’ Market
Civic Way TN1 1RS

22nd December
Anti-Nowhere League
The Forum TN4 8YU

23rd December
Lady Bird
The Forum TN4 8YU

28th December
Plato
The Forum TN4 8YU

29th December
Winter Steam Up, Mince Pie Specials and Kids for a Quid!
Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells West Station TN2 5QY

29th December
The Gallerys
The Forum TN4 8YU

30th December
Winter Steam Up, Mince Pie Specials and Kids for a Quid!
Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells West Station TN2 5QY

31st December
Boogie Nights - NYE Special
The Forum TN4 8YU

Image: Visit Britain & Tourism South East

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