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What's on in Thanet: Christmas Week

Things to do and see in Thanet during Christmas Week.

With Christmas almost here have you been ice skating, singing carols, visiting Santa and attending Christmas parties? To be honest I (Matt) could not find much to put in this edition of What's on but I will update it as and when other things are brought to my attention.

Whatever else you do this week we hope that you have a fabulous Christmas.

Catching the christmas tree


To be honest we expect that most people will be busy Christmas shopping and running arround doing things. Skip to the end to see the list of pantos and all week long events happening in Thanet. There's not much (nothing in fact) planned just for today that we could find but please comment if you know of anything.

The buses today run according to "School Holiday timetables" (more info).

The Christmas Jam at The Chapel

The Christmas Jam at The Chapel this Monday evening coming ! Musical merriment from Milky Negro, Rosa Ramirez & Griff Rising plus more in the pipeline. See Event Page for more details.


Tuesday being Christmas Eve most churches (especially the more traditional ones) will more than likely be running Midnight Mass. An opportunity for some late night carol singing.

Skip to the end to see the list of pantos and all week long events happening in Thanet.

The buses run according to "School Holiday timetables". However Loop and Breeze will finish running between 8pm and 10pm (more info)

Chritmas Eve Roots Locker Special

Say hello to Christmas in Broadstairs at the Little Albion Inn with Hebden, Jenks and Special Guests. Event Page.


Today is Christmas. The buses are not running (more info) and to be honest you should be spending time with someone, anyone, who loves you, or failing that likes you a fair bit.

Seriously, enjoy being good to each other and have a great day.

Doctor Who and other telly

If you are a geek like me then you will be watching Doctor Who on your telly. What do you plan to watch (or avoid) on Christmas day?


The buses are "sort of" running and probably enough to get you to the crazy sales if you like that sort of thing. The Loop will be running every twenty minutes but that is all (more info).

Skip to the end to see the list of pantos and all week long events happening in Thanet.


In addition to the pantos and ice skating happening there are a few other events happening as always on a Friday night.

Totally Wired Margate Presents: the NANDOS special

We are told by the events page As a thank you for all your support throughout 2013, we have teamed up with NANDOS westwood cross for a very special friday.

The event runs from 10 until 2am. Entry is 5 but leave a comment on the event wall and get on the 3 guest list.

Colored christmas tree

Saturday and Sunday

So far I have not found many events going on see below for pantos and other events running all week. The buses are running on a reduced timetable for most of the weekend (more info).

I will update this page if I find anything to add. If you know of anything please comment, message us on facebook or tweet us.

All Week

Thanet Star will be sharing pictures that people like you share with us from the different fun events going on around the isle this week.

A few things going on this week are going on all week. Quite how many of them are going to actualyl be happening on Christmas day is doubtful.

Panto: Babes in the Wood

Running to the 31st is "Babes in the Wood" at the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club in Broadstairs You can call 0845 2626263 for more information.

Panto: Cinderella

You can see the classic bedtime story played out on stage at the Theatre Royal in Margate all this week.

Margate on Ice

Margate on Ice runs all this week and into the New Year at the Piazza near the Harbour and Old Town. It costs 4 for a single session but you can hire the entire rink for an hour (see the website for more information).

Stacked christmas balls

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This Normal comment was left by Peter Checksfield [score: 0]:

It's ridiculous in the 21st century that no buses or trains run on Christmas Day, unlike most other European countries. My mother lives 12 miles away, and because I don't drive (and I don't fancy cycling back after a Christmas dinner) we both spend Christmas Day alone each year.
23/12/2013 09:45:45

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

The problem with that requirement is finding people willing to work on those days and transport companies willing to pay the premium for it. Without a good number of ethnic minorities from cultural backgrounds where Christmas is not celebrated we'd not even have cabs available. For buses and trains over the holidays we would need a bigger influx of East Europeans.
02/01/2014 02:24:29

This Normal comment was left by Peter Checksfield [score: 0]:

Not just Eastern Europeans are willing to work on holidays. Go to any care home.

Anyway, if anything most European Countries are more strictly Christian than the UK.
02/01/2014 20:45:43

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

Your understanding of our European cousins is a bit limited but I take your point that in some service sectors faith is a motivating factor to give to those less fortunate. However my original point about finding workers and wage payers willing to run transportation over the holidays still stands.
03/01/2014 09:07:23
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