It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Normally I hold off on Christmas conviviality until after Thanksgiving (this Thursday), but last week I kicked things off a little early. I took Moozles and Dubz into Kingston to check out the Christmas Lights Switch On. We had never been to a switch on ceremony before so we were keen to go.
There is actually more than just lights in Kingston, though the lights and big tree are very pretty. There is a lovely Christmas market full of things to eat and to buy as gifts (for others and for yourself). The Alpine Village has a bar as well as some delicious food. We ate burgers and bratwurst, as well as waffles and mini Dutch pancakes. There are some tables, but getting a seat depends on how busy the market is. I would expect weekend evenings to be heaving.
Although the market would be fine with friends or on date night, it is fun for families as well. Candy Cane Forest (located in the Memorial Gardens), has rides for the little ones. You just need to buy tokens first, and then the kids can ride to their hearts' content, or until the tokens are used up. In Eden Walk, there is a giant snowglobe to pose in, and sometimes there are free activities and face painting on offer.
Kingston is well known as a fabulous shopping venue. But it's also a place where you can enjoy some Christmas cheer. We really enjoyed our evening in Kingston seeing the Christmas Lights Switch On - eating, riding rides and having fun. We're all in a Christmas mood, much sooner than usual. So the next time you pop into Kingston for some Christmas shopping, you can enjoy some festive fun.
We were invited to visit the Christmas lights switch-on (and given vouchers for food, drinks and rides) for the purpose of this review.