Published: Monday, 29th October 2018

Christmas is nearly here and to celebrate the stars of Chatham’s panto and children’s TV characters will make special appearances at Medway’s festive lights switch on events.

The Christmas lights will be switched on in Rochester on Saturday, 17 November, at 5pm. There will be family entertainment from 3pm with guest appearances from the stars of Chatham's panto Dick Whittington and his cat which will be performed at The Central Theatre, Chatham.
 
On Thursday, 22 November, Strood’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm. There will be entertainment from 3.45 with special appearances from the Snowman and Snowdog.
 
Catboy from PJ Masks will make a guest appearance when Gillingham’s Christmas lights are switched on, on Friday, 23 November, at 5pm. There will be fun for all the family from 3.45pm.
 
There will be entertainment throughout the day on Saturday, 24 November, before the Christmas lights are turned on in Chatham at 5pm. There will also be special appearances from the stars of Dick Whittington and his cat.
 
Chase from Paw Patrol will make a guest appearance when Rainham’s Christmas lights are switched on, on Friday, 30 November, at 5pm. There will be fun for all the family from 3.45pm.
 
Each year Medway Council organises Christmas lights switch on events for the whole community to enjoy.

Christmas at Medway’s theatres

Families can also help Sammy the Sheep save Christmas during a special interactive show at The Brook Theatre from Friday, 30 November, to Monday, 24 December.

It’s Christmas Eve on Pepperpot Farm and everyone is getting ready for the big day. All the animals will be coming to the barn to celebrate, and Sammy the Sheep is helping mum make sure there’s enough hay for everyone.

Suddenly, news arrives from the duckpond - and it’s not good. If what the ducks have heard is true, Christmas is in serious trouble and might be cancelled forever!

Join Sammy on a Christmas adventure that travels from the festive farmyard to faraway lands, as the little sheep tries to save Christmas for us all.

The show has been created especially for three to six year olds and it’s the only multi-performance Christmas production for toddlers in the South East.

The production is the work of some of the resident creative companies at the Brook Theatre including Icon Theatre Company, Loop Dance Company and Play on Words Theatre Company.

Tickets cost £7.95 for children and £8.50 for adults.

Celebrate Christmas 2018 with this year's pantomime - Dick Whittington and his cat at The Central Theatre, Chatham, from Friday, 7 December, to Monday, 31 December.

Join Joe Tracini, Ian Good and Ray Quinn in the rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. Will our hero defeat the evil King Rat and his gang of vile vermin? Will Sarah the Cook suffer yet another soggy bottom? Will the streets of London really be paved with gold? Tickets start from £16.

Christmas in Chatham

Residents can celebrate Christmas in Chatham with festive entertainment on Super Saturdays from Saturday, 24 November, to Saturday, 22 December. There will be street magicians, a snow lion, breakdancing Santas, a comedic robot and gliding angels.

'Fun for all the family'

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “There will be fun for all the family at our Christmas light switch on events as well as special appearances from our panto stars and popular children’s characters. There’s also plenty going on this festive season in our theatres including the only multi-performance Christmas production for young children in the South East. I would encourage residents to book their tickets as soon as they can to avoid disappointment.”
 
For more information click here or search Christmas in Medway on Facebook. Book tickets for Dick Whittington and his cat and Sammy the Sheep Saves Christmas.

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