The Port of Dover Cruise Terminal doors swung open for the White Cliffs Christmas experience on Sunday. I was among scores of visitors at the official launch of this year's event, which runs until January 1 2019.
For the third year in a row, the Old Marine Station has been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with an ice rink, traditional Christmas market and Santa's grotto. I met up with organiser Amanda Stewart to discuss the "bigger and better" offer this year.
The historic building at Cruise Terminal One, Dover Western Docks, has once again been decked out with Christmas decorations, feature rides including bumper cars, Christmas activities, a new bar managed by locals Breakwater Brewery, a tea room and several food outlets.
There was a packed programme of entertainment for the launch from 10am until 8pm, including live music from local bands and Father Christmas' arrival on his sleigh pulled by real reindeer. Adding to the seasonal mood was the undercover real ice rink, which is larger than ever this year measuring some 400m².
It was fantastic to see so many local families getting into the Christmas spirit down at the port. A real festive atmosphere with lots of activities run by fantastic local businesses have made this event a huge success. It's getting better and better each year and everyone involved deserves huge credit.
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