Saturday 26 November

12pm – 4.30pm
Windmill Memorial Gardens

FREE*

Following on from last years’ success, the Windmill Memorial Gardens will once again be transformed by candle light to create a magical winter garden.

Children and adults will be invited to help light the hundreds of candles to create the spectacle and take part in a short lantern parade, before a finale of singing and fireworks to close the event.

During the day there will be lots of things going on. From 12pm you can get your skates on and enjoy the ice rink*, which is bigger and better than last year, giving you that really Christmassy feeling.  There will be children’s entertainment including a magician, fun characters including special appearances from Peppa Pig and the Baby Ballet bear, an activity area with games and a trail for you to follow clues; Punch and Judy, and an amazing birds of prey show.

Throughout the day there will also be choirs and bands and, of course, you can visit Santa in his grotto.

Children under 14 can also get arty crafty with our lantern making workshops from 2pm-4pm. Places must be pre-booked by visiting our Eventbrite booking page  and all lanterns will be used in the parade taking place at 4pm – if you can’t stay for the parade, you can still make a lantern and we’ll find someone else to carry it on the parade.

Candle-lighting will start at around 3pm when daylight starts to fade. Then from 4pm the parade will be led by the Mayor of Gravesham before topping off the day with a magical firework display.

*There may be a small charge or donationChristmas Footer

Sponsored by

Sponsored by

  • Stacey Smiles sponsors of the ice rink
  • Sparks & Co sponsors of the wood for the structures
  • North Kent College for compering the event

Event Timetable

Event Timetable

12:00 – 16:30 Ice rink
12:00 – 16:30 Walk-about Entertainers
12:00 – 12:45 Borough Band
12:30 Mick the Magician – children’s activities
13:00-15:30 Santas Grotto
13:00 Birds of Prey
13:30 Punch and Judy
13:30 to 14:00 Alright on the Night
14:00 – 16:00 Lantern workshop
14:00 Mick the Magician – children’s activities
14:15 Fire-eater
14:30 – 16:00 Candle lighting
14:30 Birds of Prey
15:00 Mick the Magician – children’s activities
15:00 – 15:15 Eastgate Choir
15:15 Fire-eater
16:00 Parade
16:00 Semi-Quavers Choir
16:15 Fire-eater
16:15 Mayor’s address
16:20 Semi-Quavers Choir
16:30 Fireworks
16:40 Close