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29
NOV
Christmas Lights Night Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Following the success of last year’s Christmas Night Market and this year’s Midsummer Night’s Feast, Faversham Markets will be holding a night food and craft market to celebrate the switch-on of Faversham Christmas Lights. Expect fairy lights, tables to sit at, live music and mulled wine and cider.
When: 5.30pm to 10pm      Contact: Favershammarket.org
29
NOV
Faversham Christmas Lights Switch-on
Market Place, Faversham
An all-day event with fundraising stall, tombola and raffle precedes music from local children, the Canterbury Rock Choir and Faversham Mission Brass building up to the big switch-on at 5pm. The lights display runs until 6 January.
When: 5pm switch-on      Contact: Steve Sherlock, 07940 478683
29
NOV
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Khushi Feet, the Kent charity supporting schools for street children in India, holds a gala dinner with the actress and director Louise Jameson as guest of honour, catering by Corinne’s Creative Kitchen and Chetna Makan, a contestant on this year’s “Great British Bake Off” on BBC One, and entertainment from dancer Arunima Kumar.
When: 7pm to 10.30pm      Contact: info@khushifeet.org.uk

29
NOV
Christmas Vintage and Makers Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
A chance to enjoy some Christmas shopping at the lovely Alexander Centre, with more than 25 stalls of handmade crafts and vintage merchandise. Stay for some light refreshments before heading out to watch the Faversham Christmas Lights switch-on.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: vandmmkent@gmail.com
29
NOV
Christmas Fair
Norton Village Hall, Norton
The Friends of St Mary, Norton, hold a traditional Christmas fair at Norton Village Hall, with Santa present and stalls selling crafts, local produce, jewellery, bric-a-brac and Chrismas wreaths. Refreshments include homemade soup and cakes. Entry 50p (children free).  Plenty of free parking.
When: 10am to 2pm      Contact: Joyce Trim, j.trim@live.co.uk
30
NOV
A Vintage Christmas
Mount Ephraim, Hernhill
Christmas shopping event with retro gifts, foodie surprises, hand-crafted pressies, mulled wine and Santa’s grotto. See www.facebook.com/AGloriouslyVintageDayOutAtMountEphraim.
When: 11am to 5pm      
30
NOV
6
JAN
Faversham Christmas Lights
Town centre
After its big switch-on on 29 November, Faversham’s celebrated Christmas lights display illuminates the historic town centre until 6 January.
When: From late afternoon      Contact: Steve Sherlock, 07940 478683
2
DEC
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Faversham Gunpowder WI holds its monthly meeting, which is to be its Christmas party, with a meal and entertainment. There will be a charge of £2.50 to non-members to cover costs of the meal, although normally potential members are welcome to sample two meetings free of charge.
When: 12.30pm to 3.30pm      Contact: Deb Brewer, 07794 020072

3
DEC
Breakfast Networking Meeting
Creek Creative, Abbey Street, Faversham
Faversham Business Partnership hosts representatives of Cedar Administration Services, MHA Macintyre Hudson and Rickard Lazenby giving a short presentation on changes to businesses’ pension scheme responsibilities. Opportunity to chat and network over free refreshments and scones. Non-members of FBP are welcome and can sign up on the day.
When: 8.30am       Contact: heather@faversham.org
3
DEC
Christmas Workshop
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Get in the mood for Christmas with a special workshop to create your own seasonal door wreath and to make festive table decorations, instructed by Julie Davies. Coffee and mince pies served on arrival, and a hearty soup at lunchtime. The workshop includes tutorial, materials and refreshments. Booking essential, at £35.
When: 11am to 3.30pm      Contact: 01795 890202 or events@belmont-house.org
4
DEC
Christmas Wreath Workshop
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Coffee and mince pies will be served on arrival before you make a Christmas wreath to take home. No previous experience required. Places £20, including tuition, materials and refreshments. To book, call 01975 8902228 or email events@belmont-house.org.
When: 11am to 1pm      Contact: 01795 890228
6
DEC
Green Christmas Market
The Guildhall, Market Place, Faversham
Swale Friends of the Earth holds its annual Green Christmas Market, full of local, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly presents, with stalls selling Heart’s Delight fruit juice, cheese from Canterbury Cheesemakers, Ediblescape plants and boxes, Christmas decorations, jewellery, recycled Christmas cards and gifts, hot drinks and mince pies.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: mrmartincharlescollins@gmail.com
6
DEC
7
DEC
Christmas at Brogdale
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Enjoy a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or cider before taking a walk through the beautifully lit orchards. There will be carols, as well as a craft and produce village so that you can find a perfect gift for everyone this Christmas. Details on the Brogdale Collections website at brogdalecollections.co.uk.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
6
DEC
Shepherd Neame Brewery, Court Street, Faversham
Enjoy a gourmet evening featuring a six-course evening meal showcasing seven beers and lagers. A beer expert from Sheps will explain how its brewers and its taste panel ensure that Shepherd Neame products are of the highest quality. Booking essential.
When: 7pm for four hours      Contact: 01795 542016 or tours@shepherdneame.co.uk

6
DEC
Christmas Craft Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Christmas craft fair with more than 25 stalls selling Christmas goods and local craftwork, including Christmas crackers and greetings cards.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
6
DEC
‘Small Business Saturday’ Expo
Creek Creative, Abbey Street, Faversham
Event in support of the national Small Business Saturday, encouraging people to “shop local” and support small businesses in their community. Meet local small businesses and find out more about the talents and expertise that are on your doorstep.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: jude.sach@sachvirtualassistance.co.uk or 01795 342400
7
DEC
LIVE MUSIC: Restless Rangers
The Phoenix Tavern, Abbey Street, Faversham
Enjoy winding down on a Sunday evening to funky and jazzy music from the band Restless Rangers.
When: 6pm to 8.30pm      
7
DEC
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
The only town-centre antiques market in Kent, taking place on the first Sunday of the month and offering a wide range of vintage items, including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture. Many of Faversham’s lovely shops and cafés will also be open.
When: 8.30am to 3pm      Contact: Pete Barrow, 07966 375572
7
DEC
Christmas Door Wreath Workshop
111 West Street, Faversham
Relaxed workshop in a property currently being renovated and featuring stripped-back walls and floors. Learn how to make a Christmas wreath with garden greenery and foraged materials, plus a few clever buys from a florist. Refreshments served. The event coincides with the monthly town-centre Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market.
When: 10am to 1pm      Contact: Julie Davies, 07879 291188 / julie@juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk
10
DEC
Oare Village Hall, Oare
Learn the skills to make your own seasonal door wreath with help from a professional florist in The Winterdoor Project. It is funded by Ideas Test and supported by donations from Faversham Flower Club, and so the cost of each workshop is just £5 per wreath. Booking essential at www.thewinterdoorproject.co.uk.
When: 3.45pm to 5.45pm      Contact: Julie Davies, 07879 291188

11
DEC
Faversham Mission Brass Christmas Concert
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Christmas concert by Faversham Mission Brass, with proceeds going to Faversham Christmas Lights.  Admission is £5.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: fmbrass@gmail.com
13
DEC
Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, Faversham
Faversham Choral Society’s Christmas concert. Director of music Andrew Storey presents a programme including Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, with Anna Wynne as harpist.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: info@favchoral.org

14
DEC
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Markets is celebrating Christmas in style with Christmas Markets on Sundays 14 and 21 December with more than 70 traders promising great local gifts, food and drink, entertainment, mulled wine and cider and general Christmas merriment.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Favershammarket.org

18
DEC
21
DEC
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Santa will again be waiting to meet you in the Mayor’s Parlour to get in those last-minute present requests before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas Eve!
When: Thursday and Friday, 3pm to 7pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm      Contact: info@thealexandercentre.com / 01795 594460

19
DEC
Market Place, Faversham
Ceremony to commemorate Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Neame, VC, who, 100 years ago, as a young lieutenant and explosives expert, was awarded the Victoria Cross on 19 December 1914 for his valour and quick thinking at Neuve Chapelle.
When: 11.30am to 1pm      Contact: Faversham Town Council

21
DEC
Market Place, Court Street and Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham town centre is the perfect setting for a Christmas market, with nearly 100 stalls selling crafts, gifts, food, drink, decorations and art, much of it locally produced. With a brass band, carols and guaranteed snow, the market is a great festive day out.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: favershammarket.org

22
DEC
Coco and the Butterfields
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
The ever-popular Coco and the Butterfields return to the Alexander Centre with all the fun of a village folk fair, throwing in powerful vocals and a beatbox to deliver catchy songs resonating in a pop and urban rap vibe. Tickets £11, booked through www.cocoandthebutterfields.com/gigs.
When: 9pm      Contact: www.cocoandthebutterfields.com/gigs
23
DEC
Carols in the Market Place
Market Place, Faversham
Churches Together in Faversham presents, for the 38th year, community carol singing accompanied by Faversham Mission Band.
When: 7pm