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Christmas Events in Canterbury

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‘Tis the season to listen to carols, cosy up in front of a performance, and drink some mulled wine. We’ve cherry-picked some of the best of what’s on this December in Canterbury.

Where to go for some good ol’ fashioned Christmas carols (and mulled wine!):

Christmas in Canterbury with the Bourne Consort
St. Paul’s Church
Church Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NH
8th December 2016

The annual Christmas Concert is once more being held in the glorious and atmospheric St Paul’s Church, which dates from the reign of Henry III.  The evening will consist of a mixture of spiritual and secular songs for Christmas sung by the Bourne Consort, giving a perfect start to your Christmas celebrations.

Where to go for your annual Pantomime fix:

Dick Whittington
The Marlowe Theatre
The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS

Marlowe Theatre’s world famous pantomime, Dick Whittington has arrived in the city and will be putting smiles on faces throughout the festive season until the 8th of January. Pantomime star Stephen Mulhern said he was “over the moon” to be returning, adding: “I love Canterbury, I think it’s beautiful – and the theatre just looks fantastic. In terms of panto, there’s only a few places that come to mind when you say ‘where would you like to do?’, and Canterbury’s one of them. It’s just going to be a joy to be there.” Expect raucous laughter and timeless humor from some of the best entertainers in the West End circuit, including John Barr (Les Mise?rables), Lisa Davina Phillip (Matilda) and Ben Carruthers (Wicked).

Where to go for some artistic inspiration:

Anna Allworthy
Lilford Gallery
3 Palace St, Canterbury, CT1 2DY
November 25th – Sunday 18th December

Is there anything more delightful than Christmas in London or New York?

Renowned for her atmospheric, urban layered landscapes, Anna Allworthy brings her solo exhibition to the Lilford gallery. Fascinated with the ever evolving nature of cities, Allworthy maps the effects of globalisation through her textured drawings. Beautiful and arresting, the drawings are well worth popping in to see.

Where to go for that all important Christmas film:

12 Days of Christmas
Curzon Cinema
Westgate Hall Rd, Canterbury, CT1 2BT

Curzon presents its cinematic advent calendar, with mulled wine, festive films, Christmas quizzes, freebies, special events and treats. Follow Curzon on Facebook to find out more!

Where to go to make decorations for the tree:

The Beaney
Christmas Craft for Kids
18 High St, Canterbury CT1 2BD
Saturday 12 November to Monday 2 January, anytime

They’ll provide the materials, you provide the imagination. Create your own individual Christmas decoration to take home using a bag of festive goodies. Brrrrrrilliant.

Where to go for some classical entertainment:

Christmas Concert
Canterbury Christ Church
North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU

Featured ensembles include the University’s Symphony, String and Wind Orchestras, Chamber Choir, Top Voices and Chorus. See the year out in style.

Where to go for that festive magic:

Hansel and Gretel
The Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB
6th-18th December

A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure and magic. Lyngo serve up their own special recipe of multi-roled performances, captivating songs and beautiful imagery.

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