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Rye Christmas Festival 2019

Christmas in Rye 2019 is set for Saturday the 8th of December

Roll up, roll up! Saturday December the 8th sees the fourth Rye Christmas Festival come to town and it’s set to be more bonkers than ever! 

From 10:30am until late, throughout the town of Rye, you will be witness to all the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas, with an extra SPECTACULAR twist!
All of the regular faces and features will be there;
Father Christmas and his grotto, the reindeer, Mother Christmas, the procession, carol concert at St Mary’s, Pantomines, fair rides, performance
and much more including extra characters and street performers to ensure that carnival atmosphere is spread throughout town.
Start off the day at The Strand Quay at 10:30 am to see Father Christmas arrive by boat, grab some grub from one of our specially picked 
street vendors, pop in for a panto show or listen to our street buskers before heading in to warm up at the grotto or one of the many workshops. 
Grotto and panto tickets on sale by early November from our website –
Full timings and details to be released on printed guide only so please follow us on Facebook for up to date information and news releases on this!

Christmas in Rye and the now famous started in 2015

Christmas in Rye is magical time. A time for planting memories in young minds and revisiting places held with fond affection with a loved one.

Christmas in Rye 2015 was based on a theme inspired by Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”. The entire month saw our lovely medieval town transformed to delight all visitors. On 12th of December Santa was ensconced in his grotto which children and parents alike all enjoyed.

Christmas 2016 was set around the theme Tales of Old, inspired by the writings of Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm.

Christmas in Rye 2017 was set to the theme of Toyland and inspired by old vintage classic toys, marionettes, puppetry and play.


Our near neighbour and fellow Cinque Ports town of Tenterden is equally magical. Visiting Tenterden when in the area it’s a lovely interesting place to visit for the day.

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