A Very Merry Virtual Christmas – Christmas Lights in Kent 2020 Posted on 23 November 2020 by Nikita Ponnappah at Kent-Teach in General Is it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas this year? Before the UK entered a second lockdown many of us still had had a glimmer of hope with the dream of returning back to normal for a very merry Christmas. As we approach December it’s safe to say Christmas will be looking very different this year…. With the popularity of Kent’s annual Christmas events, it is far too difficult for local councils to enforce social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Tough decisions have been made to cancel events this year, however in the true spirit of Christmas, many towns are continuing to display their lights whilst some will be streaming the virtual event.It appears Christmas has started early this year, last week we saw a rise in families hastily decorating their Christmas trees and tucking into their first box of mince pies! Coronavirus and lockdown have given us a pretty good excuse to start the Christmas cheer early this year.Kent-Teach would like to join in on the fun and help our readers to take part in local virtual Christmas events. A virtual Christmas in Deal Local heroes will be turning on Deal’s Christmas lights this year in the first ever virtual event. The virtual event means this year there will be no stage outside Deal Town Hall offering live entertainment but they’d still like people to get involved by watching the lights go on at 7pm via a live stream on their website. Sandwich Christmas lights annual festive event The lights committee has cancelled their annual festive event for the first time in 30 years. Decorations will be put up and around the town including the lights tunnel in St Peter’s Church garden. Join the switching on via Facebook live event at 6:45pm on Saturday the 5th of December. Sevenoaks Christmas Spirit Trail Many Christmas events are cancelled this year but Sevenoaks welcome the virtual Christmas Spirit Trail experience where families are tasked with hunting down 10 characters displayed in public windows. Children will find colourful characters and have the chance to win a free e-book about the characters’ adventures. The trail uses contactless QR codes without needing players to download anything and consists of 10 vinyl window characters with QR codes. In addition to the above Sevenoaks is running a Window Wanderland from 27th November to 31st December where everyone is invited to take part in decorating their windows. The aim is to turn as many windows as possible into an outdoor gallery at night. Get in touch with us at Kent-Teach if you have any ideas on how to share the Christmas cheer with your community. It’s a tricky time for all of us and many of us may be feeling overwhelmed about Christmas and lockdown. Gain some tips on how to take care of yourself in the lead up to Christmas ‘Wellbeing Lessons for Lockdown 2’.