Dickensian Christmas Weekend
Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December 2018 in Rochester
About this event
Join us for this year’s popular Dickensian Christmas Festival, where we celebrate the works and the times of the world renowned Charles Dickens, in Rochester – his home for many years and inspiration for some of his books.
Dickensian Christmas Festival
Uncover a feast of Victorian delights with familiar fictional characters, parades, carols, stalls, reindeer and lots of festive shopping.
- a candle-lit parade
- an open air carol concert
- street performers
- characters from Dickens' much loved stories
- guaranteed snowfall with our snow machines
All this with a guaranteed snowfall, framed by Rochester’s fairy tale cathedral and castle.
There's also a mix of shops, restaurants and period architecture to explore. Find out more about visiting Rochester.
Rochester High Street
Address for SatNav: High Street, Rochester, ME1 1SW
How to get there
There are a number of pay and display car parks in walking distance of the festival. Find out more about getting to Medway
If you're organising a coach to visit the festival or market, it's essential that you book your parking in advance.
Details for 2018 will be released closer to the date.
Park and Ride
Town centre parking will be extremely limited during the festival. We strongly advise visitors to use the park and ride service.
Information about Park and Ride for 2018 will be released closer to the date.
If you're using a wheelchair and would like to visit the Rochester Christmas Market it's best accessed by the castle gardens entrance on Baker’s Walk.
Disabled toilets are available in the Castle Gardens, Northgate, Rochester Community Hub (Changing Places toilet) and in the Corn Exchange.
If you have a disabled (blue) badge the nearest parking spaces are on The Esplanade.
If these parking spaces are full, all of Medway Council’s other car parks in Rochester also have disabled parking.