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.

Highlights include:

  • a candle-lit parade
  • an open air carol concert
  • street performers
  • reindeer
  • 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.

View our full entertainment schedule

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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

Car parking

There are a number of pay and display car parks in walking distance of the festival. Find out more about getting to Medway

Coach parking

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.

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.