Search form

Christmas in Canterbury

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Canterbury has pulled out all the stops to get you in the festive spirit this December. Today we’re picking out the best things about town to get you excited for the holidays.

Canterbury on Ice

Get your skates on and head over to Canterbury On Ice, situated in Dane John Gardens (just next to the Bus Station). Students can get 20% off tickets for any session, every weekday until Friday 13 December! Simply use code STU101 at the checkout – just remember to bring your College ID with you when you go.

Escape Room

Escape rooms are a great way to test out not only your best Sherlock Holmes powers of deduction, but also your teamwork, and if this sounds like your cup of tea, you’re in luck as there are no less than three in Canterbury! Escape Kent are hosting a Christmas themed escape room, but can you solve the Christmas mystery before it’s too late?

“It is the Christmas get together at Granny Doss's House, but as you arrive at the front door things appear to be very different, strangely, she's not there. With the house seeming empty and the police not yet interested, it is down to you, her family, to use your best detective skills to find her and restart the festive celebrations. Piece together the clues that have been left behind to see if you can unravel the mystery surrounding Granny going 'missing'.”

Based on Simmonds Road in Wincheap, it’s only a short walk from Canterbury campus – plus the more people you bring, the cheaper it is! You can book tickets here.

Christmas Market

Of course, you may have seen some of this already, but the ever-expanding Canterbury Christmas Market is back! Mainly situated on the High Street and throughout WhiteFriars’ Shopping Centre (near the bus station), stalls include everything from winter-warmer clothes stalls and crafty present ideas, to German sausages, Swiss chocolates and even a giant inflatable snow globe!

Our very own CSVA have a stall selling crafts made by themselves during classes with all proceeds going to back into the Friends of CSVA Trust who kindly supported this enterprise and continues to support our students throughout their studies. You can find out more about that here.



It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Pantomime and this year Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre is hosting a production called ‘Mother Goose’. Featuring West End (and East End) stars, this show is sure to have everyone, young and old, laughing!

SU Events

And of course, your very own Students’ Union will be hosting a range of Christmassy trips and events that are made specifically to suit your needs as a student at The College. You can check out their range of events, including a magical trip to Belgium, here.

Why not consider giving your friend the gift of a trip this Christmas? Click here for special rates directly from your SU!


Whatever it is you like to do to get in the festive mood, we are sure there’s something for everyone around the city this December! If you find anything else Christmassy you’d love us to shout about, tag us in your snaps on Instagram with ‘@Canterbury_College’ and we’ll add it to the list!