Dickensian Christmas 2017

02 Dec 2017 - 03 Dec 2017

Packed with shopping stalls, Rochester becomes a feast of Victorian delights. There are lamp-lit parades, carols to be sung, Father Christmas to be met and even a guaranteed snowfall, framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle. You’ll also see some familiar, fabled characters from Dickens’ much-loved stories.

Highlights include the Seven Poor Travellers Procession, the Grand Parade, a candlelit procession, the open air carol concert, and street performers.

Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas has been held annually since 1988, which is fitting as Medway held such a special place in Charles Dickens’ life and work. The writer spent five of his childhood years in Medway from 1817 to 1822. He returned for the last few years of his life, dying at Gads Hill in 1870.

If you are visiting the festival or Christmas markets by coach, it is essential you pre-book parking in advance by downloading the coach booking form.

Coach Booking Form    Christmas Market



  • Suitable for families
  • Groups welcome
  • Coaches welcome
  • Restaurant / cafe / tea shop / catering facilities