The Top 5 Christmas things to do in Margate

Merry Christmas!

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

It’s that time of the year again!

Yeah, the time to sing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, say a nervous prayer about ‘getting lucky’ under the mistletoe, get together with friends and family and look forward to a sumptuous dinner!

Are you ready with your list of Christmas things to do this year?

If you aren’t, here is the definitive list of the top 10 Christmas things to do in Margate in 2019.

If you are,…here is the definitive list of the top 10 Christmas things to do in Margate in 2019. Let’s compare notes.

Go For A Grotto Experience – The Winterland Margate

What would Christmas be without meeting Father Christmas and his elves in his workshop?

And that wish WILL come true this year at Margate’s very own Dreamland.

They are hosting a grotto experience – The Winterland Margate Grotto Experience – from December 7th to December 22nd (on some selected days).

You can walk through a wintery wonderland, meet Santa’s Elves and maybe even join them in their workshop and take a picture with The Ice Maiden in an ‘alpine-themed selfie zone’.

If you’re in the mood for takeaways, you can make your own reindeer food to take home with you.

And, to top it off, you get to meet with The Man of the Moment Himself – Father Christmas, take photos and get prizes and certificates!

Entry: Tickets need to be reserved beforehand. The ticket is good for the other rides in the park as well.

How to get there: It’s a 5 minute walk from Margate train station. There are various (8) bus stops nearby as well.

And if you’re driving, parking at the Arlington Car Park is free if you’ve got a ticket for the Grotto. The M2 and M20 motorways are nearby.

Charles Dickens Presents… – Theatre Royal Margate

Yep, you read that right!

This won’t be just another rendition of A Christmas Carol.

You will see Mr Dickens himself come to life and present one of his most famous works to you at the Theatre Royal Margate.

Noted actor John O’Connor will be portraying the famous novelist.

And this event will be held on Wednesday, the 27th of November at 7:30 PM.

Fun fact: Charles Dickens did, in fact, give public readings of his own work and A Christmas Carol was the first book he chose.

Entry: Tickets need to be reserved beforehand.

How to get there: The theatre is a 15 minute walk from Margate train station. There are a number of bus stops within walking distance as well.

And if you’re driving, there are a number of car parks within walking distance as well.

Go on an adventure – The Escapement Margate

Team up with your friends and family and go on the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Journey to the centre of the Earth.
  • Brave the high seas and steer a ship to shore.
  • Face off against a vengeful God.

Voted the best escape room in the United Kingdom, The Escapement Margate is an hour and a half of pure pulsating fun as you work together with your team to uncover clues, solve mysteries and find a way out of the escape room.

A breeze to organize (just choose your escape and book tickets online), escape room-based evenings out are the perfect way for your entire group to come together and strengthen your bond.

If you want, you can also gift an escape to someone you care about.

Entry: Tickets need to be booked beforehand.

How to get here: It’s less than a mile from Margate train station. There are numerous bus stops nearby; the one opposite Sweyn Road is the nearest.

And if you’re driving, the nearest car park is Trinity Square Car Park.

Enjoy The Snowman – The Winter Gardens Margate

Are you thinking of curling up with some takeout and wine to watch Detective Harry Hole (played by Michael Fassbender) hunt a serial killer?

If you are, be my guest.

However, the The Snowman I’m talking about is the one written by Raymond Briggs.

It’s going to be screened live on 21st December at the Winter Gardens, accompanied by live music from the Kent Sinfonia, conducted by Anthony Halstead, followed by a screening of The Bear.

Entry: Tickets need to be reserved beforehand.

How to get there: Margate train station is a 20 minute walk. The main bus stop in Margate is 5 minutes away.

If you’re driving, parking may be available at Fort Lower Promenade which is just behind the Winter Gardens; there are other car parks within walking distance.

Satiate your gastronomic desires – Thanet Indoor Bowls Club

What would Christmas be without a sumptuous Christmas Dinner, complete with roast turkey, the Christmas pudding and mince pies?

Head over to the Thanet Indoor Bowls Club any day between the first day of the last month of 2019 and the twenty-third day of that same month (between 1st December and 23rd December, that is) to partake of their 3-course Christmas Dinner.

Fun fact: Eating mince pies at Christmas was illegal in England during the time of Oliver Cromwell.

Entry: You need to reserve your place beforehand.

How to get there: It’s a half hour walk from Margate train station (12 minutes by car). There are a number of bus stops nearby, including Surrey Road and Eastern Esplanade.

If you’re driving, parking is available free of cost in their car park.

Whether you’ll be in Margate or elsewhere in Christmas, whether you’ll be on a thrilling adventure or curling up in bed, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas!

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