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Christmas in Kingston

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Whether you’re shopping for gifts, celebrating with family and friends or looking forward to savouring the spirit of the season; immerse yourself in a magical Christmas in Kingston upon Thames.

With a dazzling array of shops including big high street brands and a vibrant independent scene, plus a traditional Christmas Market, you’ll find a treasure trove of gifts for even the most difficult to buy for.

There’s plenty to keep you and your family entertained right through to the big day. Kids will have loads of fun with the Kingston Children’s Literary Festival, Seven Kings Trail and Candy Cane Forest. There’s also a host of enchanting music performances and magical theatre productions through to fun festive workshops that will make your Christmas sparkle.

All the Christmas shopping inspiration you need

With over 500 stores, two shopping malls, a bustling market place as well as a vibrant offer of independent shopping, Kingston is the third biggest shopping destination in London.

From the gadget guru to the fanatical fashionista, you’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with inspiration around every corner. Alongside high street heroes John Lewis, Wilko and Marks & Spencer, Kingston is filled with specialist, independent stores offering everything from retro fashion and one-off jewellery pieces to vintage vinyl and artisan spirits.

As soon as you step off the train, you’ll find a number of specialist, independent and fashion stores on Fife Road before you come to the town’s largest shopping mall, The Bentall Centre, featuring over 75 shops such as Apple, Zara, Hollister and COS alongside the renowned Bentalls department store.

Eden Walk, an open air shopping mall, houses a mix of independent shops alongside big high street names Boots and Primark, whilst the adjacent Crown Arcade features yet more independent and specialist boutiques.

For the antique lover in your life, discover Old London Road beyond the town’s famous tumbling telephone boxes where you’ll find a quirky mix of independent stores selling vintage and retro items.

Eat, drink and be merry!

Christmas is the time for feasting with friends and family, and with such a huge choice of restaurants and bars, there’s nowhere better than Kingston to get into the festive spirit.

Whether you want to cosy up in front of an open fire with a warming mulled wine, or you’re getting the party started with cocktails or enjoying a post-work beer with colleagues, Kingston has a host of pubs and bars to suit your mood.

From family-owned independent eateries to well-known restaurant names, Kingston is a haven for food lovers, offering authentic cuisine from around the world. Turkish, Italian, German, American, Lebanese, French, Mexican, Japanese – the list is as endless as it is varied.

For a picture-perfect setting for your office party, down by the river you’ll find a host of pubs, bars, brasseries and restaurants overlooking the Thames.

If you’re looking to refuel during that big shop, Apple Market and Castle Street are each home to a charming mix of independent cafes and eateries.

Nearer the station, you’ll find a range of popular restaurant chains alongside a number of unique independents – perfect for grabbing a quick bite before a trip to the cinema to see the big Christmas blockbusters!

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