Kingston has the Christmas spirit

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By whitelc | Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 15:20

Kingston, first to Eat Drink and be Merry as it takes a step back in time this Christmas.

The town's historic Market Place, which dates back to the 12th Century, is being transformed as it hosts a special Tudor-style market from today (Wednesday, November 7th), right through to Christmas Eve.

The Town Centre will be a sight to behold as stalls are housed in Tudor-style wooden chalets, providing all the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas.

Foodies will not be disappointed as they can indulge in culinary delights such as Sicillian biscotti, award winning cheeses, a carvery and mouthwatering sweet treats including a chocolate fountain and waffles. All can be washed down with a glass of mulled wine or cider.

If you are looking for a unique gift then why not personalise a Christmas tree decoration for lasting memories or visit the stalls selling handmade jewellery, leather goods, and clothing from around the world.

Carols and entertainment provided by local performers will keep the crowds entertained on Thursdays and over the weekend.  This is all part of Kingstonfirst Spotlight, Kingston's local talent showcase. 

And there is not one, but two, festive markets in Kingston this Christmas. In addition to the Tudor Market, the Royal Kingston Christmas Craft and Gift Fair is returning to the grounds of All Saints Parish Church, providing the perfect place to buy that extra-special gift.

From candles to glassware, children's toys to Christmas decorations, there will be something for everyone under one roof opposite John Lewis.

This of course, is in addition to more than 500 retail outlets throughout the Town Centre, ranging from Bentalls and John Lewis department stores to a host of independent shops that you won't find anywhere else.

Visit Old London Road to find one-off gifts in the Vintage Market and unique clothes for any occasion at The Vintage Shop. The Market House is home to The Work Shop which sells art work from around 30 artists and designers from the Kingston University. There is everything from fine art, graphics, products and fashion including T-shirts, espresso cups and art work. 

The town is also lucky to have Seriously Sofa's run by husband and wife team Ruth and Andrew. Their personal service will help you decide on whether one of the hand-crafted British or stylish European sofa is for you.

Ros Morgan, chief executive of Kingstonfirst, said: "Kingston really is the best place to come and do your Christmas shopping this year.

"The two festive markets are just part of our unrivalled shopping offer and the great entertainment we have organised is sure to put a smile on your face and make Christmas shopping a pleasure rather than a chore.

"Kingston has a really special atmosphere at Christmas so come and see what we have to offer and share in the festive cheer."

Don't forget to take advantage of Kingston's park and ride service every day from November 10 to January 5. Park for free at Chessington World of Adventures South Explorer Car Park and buses leave every 10 minutes between 7.30am to 7pm, with a half hourly service up to 9pm. A return fare is £2.30, while U16s go free.

For more details about the festive events being delivered by Kingstonfirst this Christmas visit



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