Dickensian Christmas Weekend


Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December, 10am to 5pm

About this event

Dickensian Christmas Festival

Uncover a feast of Victorian delights with familiar fictional characters, parades, carols, stalls, reindeer and lots of festive shopping.

All this with a guaranteed snowfall, framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle.

There will be:

  • a candle-lit parade
  • an open air carol concert
  • street performers
  • reindeer
  • characters from Dickens' much loved stories
  • guaranteed snowfall with our snow machines.

There's also a mix of shops, restaurants and period architecture to explore. Find out more about visiting Rochester.

Mistletoe Ball

Saturday 2 December 2017, 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange

Don your finest Victorian costume for an evening of food and dance at the Mistletoe Costumed Ball. Tickets include a three course sit down meal and music supplied by Tony Ellingham and his band Unit Five.

Tickets: £38

Book tickets for the ball 


Costume sale

Saturday 18 November 2017, 11am to 3pm at the Corn Exchange

Search for Victorian outfits in our costume sale to look the part during the Dickensian Festival.


The National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

The NCT will also be attending the Rochester Christmas Market this year.

If you need baby changing facilities, somewhere to breast feed or want to have a chat with other mums, please head over to Tower 2.


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Rochester High Street

Address for SatNav: High Street, Rochester, ME1 1SW


It's free, just come along.

How to get there

Car parking

There are a number of pay and display car parks in walking distance of the festival.

Coach parking

If you're organising a coach to visit the festival or market, it's essential that you book your parking in advance. For details call 01634 333 433 or email us you can also book coach parking with our form.

Disabled access

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

Disabled toilets are available in the Castle Gardens, Northgate, Rochester Community Hub (Changing Places toilet) and in the Corn Exchange.

Disabled parking

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.

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