Getting festive with Christmas in Kingston

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It’s all happening in Kingston – my home town – at the moment, which I’m very excited about! Come a little closer and let me tell you all about it….

Each year, the whole town centre of Kingston upon Thames transforms into the magical Kingston Christmas market spreading throughout the Ancient Market Place and surrounding pedestrianised streets. Featuring over 50 stalls in beautiful wooden chalets and a heated marquee selling festive goodies, arts, crafts and decorations. The minute I clapped eyes on it I felt instantly Christmassy!

Christmas in Kingston

christmas in kingston

If shopping isn’t your thing then fret not – Kingston’s first Children’s Literary Festival is in full swing. There are loads of fab readings taking place and it’s a great chance to listen to some brilliant festive and non-festive tales from a line up some of the UK’s best loved children’s authors from Olaf Falafel (Father Christmas Heard a Parp) and Tom McLaughlin (The Accidental Father Christmas’) to Piers Torday (There May Be a Castle PB), Maudie Powell-Tuck(Last Stop on the Reindeer Express) and Pete Johnson (Louis and the Laugh Series).

We went to a hilarious reading with Olaf Falafel, author of Father Christmas Heard a Parp, who charmed and entertained us with his huge beard, flashing Christmas jumper, witty humour and live illustration class:

The festival is running until Saturday 16th December so don’t miss out! It’s also a goodexcuse  to soak in the fab festive ambiance which Kingston is practically brimming with right now.

If you’re with your littles, be sure to swing by Candy Cane Forest – a dedicated children’s entertainment area with festive fairground rides including a much loved reindeer ride plus a few other surprises too!

For more information on the Children’s Literary Festival and to find out what’s happening over the festive period in Christmas see the Visit Kingston website.

Are you thinking of visiting Kingston this festive period? Do share in a comment below.

*This is a collaborative post

 

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