Dickensian Christmas Weekend


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

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.

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 by 26 November

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.


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. For details call 01634 333 433 or email us you can also book coach parking with our form.

Park and Ride

Town centre parking will be extremely limited during the festival. We strongly advise visitors to use the park and ride service, which will operate from the University of Greenwich, Chatham between 9am and 6pm on both days of the festival.

Follow the anchor signs then the yellow directional signs.

Return pick-up point: Corporation Street bus stop outside Eastgate Lane, Stroodbound carriageway.

Last bus leaves Rochester at 6pm. £1 per adult for a return trip (under 16’s go free).

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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