Tis the Season to enjoy all the fabulous Christmas events happening in Ashford Town Centre! There’s something for everyone, and here’s our Top 10 Things To Do in Ashford this Christmas.

1. Illuminites

Kicking off the festive season will be Illuminites which will be lighting up Ashford this December! Head to the town for 3 incredible events:

Glow International An incredible digital mapping projection on the side of International House, celebrating Ashford’s rich heritage and history with a festive twist. Watch in wonder as the building transforms before your eyes, falling away and reappearing in a kaleidoscope of imagery. Between showings, spectators will also have the opportunity to enjoy seasonal food and drinks from the adjoining Coachworks. This truly is an experience not to be missed!

Ashford Winter Forest Discover an enchanting installation of illuminated tree sculptures through a trail around the Town Centre, Elwick Place, Memorial Gardens, and the Bandstand. Will you be able to spot them all?

Carnival of the Baubles See a procession of giant illuminated baubles decorated by children from local primary schools across Ashford make its way up Bank Street and through the Lower High Street where it will end with a bang! A night market with hot food and drink will greet the procession at its end, making it the perfect family evening.

Ashford Town Centre will be gleaming under pretty Christmas lights from November 30th and see the beautifully decorated Christmas trees located outside B&M and Elwick Place.

2. Visit Father Christmas

Santa Claus is comin’ to Town, well Park Mall to be exact! A cosy grotto awaits, complete with twinkling fairy lights and snowy surroundings. Meet the man himself and receive a hand-wrapped present for £2 per child. Visiting times are: 

  • November 23rd and 30th between 10am and 4pm
  • December 7th, 14th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th between 10am and 4pm

4. Meet Frozen characters at Elwick Place Ice Palace

Time to ‘Let It go’ at Elwick Place’s magical Frozen themed event on Saturday 23rd November, to celebrate the release of Frozen 2. Meet characters from the film between 11am and 3pm, plus there will be free face painting and crafts, all to the soundtrack of magical Disney music!

3. Christmas at County Square

We all know County Square has a fantastic range of high street shops, but did you know many of them have a Click and Collect service? 

It couldn’t be easier; order your items online and collect at your convenience. Shops offering this service include: 3 Store, Bodyshop, Bonmarche, Brighthouse, Carphone Warehouse, Claire’s Accessories, Debenhams, EE, F. Hinds, H. Samuels, J D Sports, Menkind, New Look, Next, No 1 Currency, Peacocks, River Island, Superdrug, The Entertainer, The Fragrance Shop, The Works, TUI, Vodafone, Waterstones, Yours.

Illumination Station

From 2nd December County Square is hosting the Illumination Station. Fun for all the family; decorate a festive lantern to be involved in the Carnival of the Baubles (as detailed above) event or create a Christmas Bauble which will be hung from one of the trees in the Winter Forest. Find the Illumination Station located on the ground floor of County Square, adjacent to Tiny Tots Soft Play. Visit the Illumination Station Facebook Page for more details.

Upcoming Christmas Events in County Square

  • 30th November: Demelza Danceathon and meet the cast from Jack and the Beanstalk and win tickets for the show.
  • 5th December: Schools sing for Demelza throughout the day
  • 7th December: Ashford Sings performances at 12pm and 13:30
  • 14th December: The Rotary Club will be singing at 12pm
  • 21st December: Ashford Rock Choir performance at 12pm and 13:30

Every Saturday and Sunday in December: See the cheeky elves entertaining shoppers and offering out acts of kindness and small gifts

Every Saturday in December: See stilt walkers roam around the centre, cameras at the ready!

5. Locally made, unique Christmas gift shopping

 Looking for a unique gift for someone special? Made in Ashford in Park Mall is heaven for anyone who wants to support local independent artists and find a truly unique gift. There’s everything from handmade jewellery, art, perfume, cards, hand-painted glass and more. 

Pop over to Emporia Fabric and Craft to find some beautiful fabrics and handmade accessories, or head to Snap Jewellery to customise your accessories with your favourite charms. 

6. Festive Food

Back by popular demand, The Little Teapot are once again taking orders for their impressive Santa Belt Cakes. Contact The Little Teapot for more details. A delicious combination of flavoured sponges and cream, cleverly designed to look like Santa’s belt.

Tis the season to treat yourself to some Christmassy foods! Cafes across the town will be offering up tasty festive treats. Check out the latest menus in store from December. 

7. Revelation Ashford

Live music, film screenings and stand-up comedy are just some of the exciting acts coming to Revelation Ashford. Music lined up includes:

  • Saturday 30th November:
  • 12pm, Ashford Parish Choir
  • 1pm, The Dulcettes
  • 2pm, Salvation Army Band
  • 3pm, Miss Jones

Loveashford Film Club

The Loveashford Film Club is back! Watch The Greatest Showman and Elf on 30th November for just 50p per ticket. See the latest event and book tickets. 

8. Festive films at Ashford Picture House

Film fans rejoice! We’re spoilt for blockbusters and family-fun films this Christmas. There’s Frozen 2 on 23rd November, Star Wars; Rise of Skywalker on 19th December, Cats on 20th December and The Grinch on 21st December. What’s more, the classics are making a return, see Home Alone, Elf, Gremlins, and Miracle on 34th Street on the big screen. BOOK TICKETS

9, Music at The Glass House

There’s plenty of local music acts lined up for The Glass House this November and December. But if you’re looking for something festive, hear Christmas songs with Vikki Vocals on Saturday 21st December from 3pm. Check out the events.

10. Find the perfect festive outfit

Looking for a new winter knit or want to add some sparkle to your Christmas outfit? Jane's Boutique in Park Mall has you covered. Find a fabulous range of gorgeous glittery tops and dresses, as well as the perfect shoes and handbags to complement your outfit. Check out Jane's Boutique on Facebook

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