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Gorgeous Christmas markets & Christmas baubles

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Kent has some of the most beautiful buildings in the country, and they become even more so when bedecked with Christmas baubles and hosting their gorgeous Christmas markets. Here are a few worth visiting...

Knole House

The Great Hall with its 15 foot Christmas tree and roaring log fire will instil festive feelings in bucketloads. There will also be Christmas carol singing on weekends running up to Christmas. The pop-up Christmas shop is selling locally produced gifts, including jewellery, ceramics, glassware and tasty Christmas treats, and you can see the famous Knole Park deer gather for their morning feed during the popular winter deer feeding sessions. Knole:

Ightham Mote

For the whole of December, the ground floor of Ightham Mote will be decorated as if the house is to be inhabited for Christmas.... the Great Hall in the style of the Victorians, while the Library will transport you to the 1950s for a New England style American Christmas. The Kitchen, Scullery and Dining Room will be open for the first time this year so visitors can see where the servants would have worked hard to produce a sumptuous Christmas feast.

On the first weekend in December there will be a mini-market where you can pick up some unique Christmas treats for those who like that little something different. Father Christmas will be visiting and there will be Christmas craft activities, a quiz and choirs singing.

Tunbridge Wells

Pantiles Tunbridge WellsHead to The famous Georgian Pantiles each weekend in December in the lead up to Christmas for the festive markets. There will be a wide range of food, gifts and crafts. Plus festive live music, carols and choirs presenting music for every taste.
The Spa valley railway is running Santa Specials, beginning at Eridge station where visitors are met with the smell of hot chestnuts and a roaring coal fire in the festively decorated waiting room.

You will then board your train to traditional Christmas music, before you sit back and ride through the countryside to Tunbridge Wells West. Santa will be walking through the carriages and handing out gifts to the children. Train journeys last around 45 minutes, and when you reach Tunbridge Wells West you can sit with Santa in his sleigh for photos and see a spectacular Christmas tree.

Hever Castle

This year, Hever Castle is all about Christmas tales. In the grounds there is an interactive trail featuring Charles Dickens’ classic novel ‘A Christmas Carol’. The castle will be twinkling with traditional decorations and warmed by log fires. Visit after dark and experience a magical twilight Christmas as the grounds are beautifully illuminated.

Bedgebury Pinetum

Pantiles Tunbridge WellsIt's the most wonderful time of the year as the tree-tops begin to glisten and shimmer. This year, for the very first time, a one mile sparkling path winds its way through the National Pinetum in a magical after dark experience. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, experience Bedgebury in a whole new light as you wander beneath unique canopies drenched in seasonal colour.

The winter trail is a place where fairy-tale meets fantasy with something for everyone. Walk alongside dancing fountains and linger by shimmering reflections that cast light into hidden places. From the delicate and twinkling to the grand and spectacular, continue through the towering Tunnel of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights. Wander beneath wispy curves of flickering light revealing the magic of nature and perhaps steal a kiss at Mistletoe Moment.

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