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Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with our jolly run up to Christmas!

With an abundant selection box of treats from cabaret to classic films there is something for everyone this December.

Join us for dinner in our cafe with a special festive twist on our evening menu.  Two Courses £12.95 / Three-courses £15.95. View Christmas Menu.  To book call 01227 769075 or email boxoffice@kent.ac.uk.

Our Cafe will be also be running a special festive inspired menu for children during December 2019.  View December Children’s Menu.

Family Film: Arthur Christmas

At Santa Claus's super-secret toy-making facility, Mr. Claus entrusts his son, Arthur, to carry out an ultra-important Christmas mission.

Sun 1 December 2019
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Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale

Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns to cinemas this festive season.

Wed 4 December 2019
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Kent Soul Choir: A Festive Soul Spectacular

"MASC Kent Choir of the Year 2018" Kent Soul Choir present an evening of the best in classic soul music from Earth Wind and Fire to Luther Vandross, mixed with carols and festive soulful favourites.

Fri 6 December 2019
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Last Christmas

Sparky, George Michael music inspired festive rom-com, about jobbing elf (and walking disaster) Kate (Emilia Clarke) whose life turns when she meets Tom – nothing should work for these two but sometimes you gotta listen to your heart… and you gotta have faith.

Fri 6 - Thu 12 December 2019
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Exploding Dream Cabaret

To celebrate the end of Gulbenkian’s 50th year, we are presenting a specially-curated cabaret event, celebrating the stories and people who have contributed to Gulbenkian over the last 50 years.

Sat 7 December 2019
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CBeebies Christmas Show 2019: Hansel and Gretel

This holiday season, laugh and sing along with your favourite CBeebies stars and be part of fabulous interactive show for all the family as they perform the fairy-tale classic.

Sat 7 December 2019
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Family Film: The Polar Express

A truly magical, very seasonal animation. On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole.

Sun 8 December 2019
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The Holiday

A British woman and an American woman swap homes for the holidays in this sweet and touching rom-com.

Sun 8 December 2019
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The Snow Dragon

Toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

Wed 11 - Sun 22 December 2019
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ROH: Coppélia (recorded)

A family-friendly ballet full of wit and mischief returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls.

Wed 11 December 2019, 7:15pm
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University of Kent Big Band: Christmas Swing-Along!

The University’s Big Band brings the term to a festive close with its annual medley of the cheesiest Christmas Classics.

Wed 11 December 2019
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ShooShooBaby Christmas Cabaret

Join internationally-acclaimed trio ShooShooBaby for a shamelessly sparkly Christmas cabaret in the intimate surroundings of the Gulbenkian bar.

Wed 11 December 2019
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Faulty Towers The Christmas Dining Experience

Officially the world’s most sought after tribute to the BBC sitcom, this one-of-a-kind original has made its international mark as an ‘outrageously funny’ night out (BroadwayBaby, Edinburgh Fringe). Selling out at shows all over the world – from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End – it’s now returning to Gulbenkian in December 2019. But be warned: tickets will sell out here too, so early booking is essential!

Thu 12 December 2019
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Funny Rabbit Comedy Club: Laura Lexx & Harriet Dyer

Gulbenkian's monthly comedy club – radical and exciting, but also warm and snuggly as a bunny rabbit.

Fri 13 December 2019
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Gulbenkian Christmas Market

Fill your hearts with Christmas cheer and join us for a day full of festive fun.

Sun 15 December 2019, 11.00am
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Family Film: The Grinch

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

Sun 15 December 2019
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Family Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Anarchic and warm, the Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Sun 15 December 2019
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ROH: The Nutcracker (recorded)

The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite.

Wed 18 December 2019, 7:15pm
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The Albion Christmas Band

Now as much an essential part of the build up to Christmas as the local Village Christmas Bazaar or the pre-cooking of the sprouts - 2019 sees the 21th anniversary of this annual seasonal celebration– they think!

Wed 18 December 2019
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It’s a Wonderful Life

Set on Christmas Eve, this very touching, very romantic reverse-Scrooge fable is a seasonal classic.

Sat 21 December 2019
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Family Film: Home Alone

Cheer on pint-sized hero, Kevin as he runs rings around two would-be burglars in this Christmas caper full of pranks and booby-traps galore.

Sun 22 December 2019
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Family Film: Frozen II

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey.

Fri 20 December 2019 - Sun 5 January 2020
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Christmas Season 2019

Our work with young people

Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people