Festive Family Fun at The Kingston Christmas Market

December is just around the corner but shops have been ramping up for the festive season ever since Halloween finished! I love the build-up to Christmas and the countdown to having some time off to spend with my family.

Surprisingly, we’ve never been to a Christmas lights switch on before so when we were invited to the Kingston Lights switch on and to check out the Christmas Markets we were rather excited!

We started off in the Alpine Village. There were traditional wooden cabins selling food such as burgers, pulled pork rolls and bratwurst as well as stalls for waffles, mulled wine.



We’d arrived straight after the boys swimming lessons and they were ravenous so we grabbed a bite to eat.

The Alpine Village has a dedicated seating area, part of it is undercover which is useful for keeping dry when it rains! We didn’t manage to find a seat in the undercover area but we did find a table to sit on so we could eat our burgers.

After food, we headed over to Clarence Street not far from The Bentalls Centre for the light switch on.



Kingston was packed full of people, it was really lovely to see everyone getting into the Christmas spirit.

New for this year was the Candy Cane Forest, set in memorial gardens next to Jo Malone. It’s a dedicated children’s area with some festive fairground rides. Tokens are needed to go on the rides. You get 12 tokens for £10, most of the rides cost 2 tokens each, apart from the bungee jump which costs 4 tokens


The boys loved this area and thoroughly enjoyed themselves here. We finished off a lovely evening back at the Alpine Village with some dutch pancakes whilst enjoying the live music on stage.

Watch the video we made

Take some time out from your Christmas shopping to enjoy the festive cheer that Kingston has to offer.

The Kingston Christmas Market is open 10-6 Sunday to Wednesday and 10-8 Thursday – Sunday until 31 December with the exception of Christmas Day.

*We were invited to the Kinston Christmas Light Switch-On and received vouchers for food, drink and tokens for rides) for the purpose of this review.

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  1. WOW! How special! #KALCOLS

  2. I love the traditional wooden cabins. It must be really lovely to see everyone getting into the Christmas spirit. Beautiful pics, BTW.


  3. The Mummy Bubble

    This Christmas market looks fab! The boys looke like they loved it in the pics! #kcacols

  4. I had no idea Kingston put on a christmas market! I will have to make a mental note to go next year. I love pulled pork, delish! #kcacols

  5. Helen | Jam Sandwiches

    Such a great way to start the Christmas celebrations. The boys look like they had a lovely time!

  6. Erm wow! This place looks stunning and so festive and magical. Sounds like you had a fab time.


  7. looks awesome. She likes the presents of course, but I think my daughter’s second favorite thing about Christmas is all the lights and decorations #KCACOLS

  8. The boys look like they are loving it, and it all looks so festive and Christmassy,how lovely. #KCACOLS

  9. I have never been to a Christmas light switch on before either but nice to see so many Christmas markets popping up! 🙂 #kcacols

  10. I love the run up to Christmas and all of the local festive events that gone on! We went to our (very small) town Christmas light switch on a couple of weeks ago and it was lovely but we haven’t made into the city centre yet for the Christmas market which I really want Mia to see 🙂


  11. Oh my word! Those Christmas lights and decor are to die for! #KCACOLS

  12. Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    Looks like you had lots of fun. I love Christmas markets, wandering around in the cold with all the pretty Christmas lights definitely makes you feel festive #KCACOLS

  13. It looks lovely, I love going to things like this, it makes Christmas feel a little bit more special doesn’t it #kcacols

  14. Wow! Stunning photos! You can really see the joy in the faces of your littles! So wonderful! Have a beautiful, happy, healthy holiday season! xoxo #KCACOLS

  15. Ooh I don’t think we’ve ever been to a Christmas Lights turning on before either! This looks beautiful, so festive and a great way to kick off the season! x #kcacols

  16. I do love a Christmas market. We went to the one in Bath and it was wonderful.

  17. Wow what a gorgeous Christmas market! It’s so lovely at this time of year! #kcacols

  18. Mummy and the Mexicans (Ruth)

    This looks really great! I wish we had something like this here! #KCACOLS

  19. nothing better than a Xmas Market! I did not know there was one in Kingston but it looks like your boys had fun

  20. You can’t beat a Christmas market – the German ones are my favourite! #KCACOLS

  21. Oh we missed the market in Kingston this year. Looked fab! #kcacols

  22. We have yet to brave a Christmas Market as we don’t like big crowds but these images captured of your little’s enjoying the surroundings may have swayed me. Glad you all had such a lovely time x #KCACOLS

  23. What a great looking Christmas Market, we didn’t get to one this year 🙁 mainly because we ran out of time! Maybe next year 🙂 #KCACOLS

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