Christmas tree on the village green in Sandgate

Christmas Event In Sandgate – 1st December 2023

It’ll soon be looking a bit like Christmas…

On the afternoon and evening of Friday 1st December, please join us in Sandgate Valley and Village. Enjoy the Christmas lights, meet a special visitor, visit the craft market and hear a carol or two, and support local businesses many of who will be open until 7.30pm at least on Friday (and clearly our pubs, bars and restaurants rather later). We’re hoping for the right weather, but will go ahead regardless: wrap up!

Santa’s Grotto at the Golden Arrow – Enbrook Valley *

  • Open 4.00pm- 4.45pm

Santa’s Grotto at Sandgate Library *

  • Open 5.00pm – 6.00pm

* There will be a small gift for all children 0 – 9 years of age. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Christmas Craft Market at the Chichester Hall on Sandgate High Street

  • Open 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • FSG A cappella Choir singing in the hall from 6.15pm – 6.30pm

Many businesses through Sandgate will be offering late night shopping that evening and would love to see you.

Late Night Opening:

The Dog House will be open from 5pm until mid-evening on the 1st for coffee, teas, bacon and sausage sandwiches (that’s “Kent’s BEST Bacon sandwiches“) and maybe a chilli!

The Sandgate Pop-Up Shop at 53 Sandgate High Street will be open until 7.30pm with a huge range of locally sourced Christmas gifts and treats.

Workshop 29 at 99 Sandgate High Street will be open into the evening. They will have a workshop table in the shop and are welcoming families to come and pot up a Christmas Bulb free of charge.

Orchard Lane Coffee House (80 Sandgate High Street) will be staying open late with great coffee and festive specials.

Rachel and Elle will be opening their brand new (opening day is Thursday 30th!) Sandgate Deli at 88a Sandgate High Street into the evening – please do pop in and say hello and welcome!

Mr Whippet’s Cafe is open late. Offering: sourdough toasties, artisan handmade sausage rolls. Free cake tasters with our delicious coffee and all other hot drinks.

The Wallpaper Emporium (117E Sandgate High Street), a new showroom for Lammas Master Decorators, will be holding their grand opening on Friday 1st December. They will be open through the evening offering mince pies, festive treats and some beautiful wallpaper! All welcome!

The Royal Norfolk / Gees Bar, The Providence, the newly refurbished and reopened The Ship Inn, Docker Bar, John Dory, Sandgate Members Club (members only), Folkestone Rowing Club (members only), The Fat Raj and Green Spice will also all be open naturally!

If you are a local business and can be open too / offer a special / entertainment / extended opening / anything else that night, please tell us know by email to and we’ll add your details here.