Countdown to Christmas in Dover 2019 got off to a fabulous start on Saturday 30th November with celebrations in the Market Square all afternoon leading up to the big Christmas Lights Switch On at 5pm.
Young People from Dover schools and colleges entertained the crowds with help from the Roadshow and – new and unique to Dover this year – some Bollywood Dancers! Dover Silver Screen Cinema continued the Bollywood theme with 2 showings of the Jungle Book.
Thanks to sponsorship from Dover Town Team there was a chance to fly through the air as The Snowman in a special Christmas simulator ride. Just as popular was the other free festive entertainment including Christmas Crazy Golf, the Xmas Escape Room, and the Mini-Carousel and Chair-o-planes specially for little ones!
Father Christmas visited with his sleigh courtesy of Dover Rotary, and Big Local and Dover smART gave a chance for everyone to warm up at their indoor craft workshops.
The prize for the biggest Christmas visitor went to the 30-foot-long re-cycled plastic whale brought by Transition Dover.
The Market Square was packed all afternoon and the party ended with the traditional countdown to the Christmas Switch-On – with 6000 lights on the bigger than ever Dover Town Tree and bright white snowflakes all along the High Street.
Dover Town Council would like to thank everyone who helped with the Christmas and Winter Celebrations Dover 2019 including Dover Town Team, the Rotary Clubs of Dover, Kent County Council, Dover District Council, Dover Big Local, Port of Dover, and Dover smART, all performers and participating local businesses.
Thanks to everyone who came and together made it such fun!