The Kent Christmas experience where you can snuggle up in front of festive films

A Christmas experience in Kent has been shortlisted as one of the best events to visit in the South East. It comes as the finalists for the Beautiful South Tourism Awards were named, with Experience Christmas at Kent Life near Maidstone at the top of the 'Tourism Event/Festival of the Year' category. Experience Christmas featured as one of four finalists, which also included two events in Sussex and one in Berkshire - though not all were Christmas-related.

Other Kent entries elsewhere included Kits Coty Glamping for two separate categories. Dover and Thanet will compete against each other to claim 'Visitor Information Service of the Year'. Tourism South East, behind the awards, said it was delighted to announce the finalists and will name the overall winners at an event in Brighton on December 13.

Read more: Coca Cola Christmas Truck Tour for 2022 confirmed - Holidays are coming Experience Christmas at Kent Life is open now and will welcome visitors until Christmas Eve. Organisers have promised "a true Christmas Experience" complete with a magical Santa's Grotto and a "well-stocked toy shop".

They said: "You can also graduate from Elf School, snuggle up in front of some Christmas films, visit the sweet shop, build your own teddy bear, catch a live show, or visit The Snow Inn for festive food and drink." And if that's not enough, Experience Christmas also offers Mrs Christmas' Kitchen where visitors can decorate gingerbread biscuits. Adults here can either jump in with the kids or they can enjoy a complimentary cup of mulled wine and a mince pie. Experience Christmas tickets include access to Kent Life, including farmyard and vintage village.

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