Christmas in Rochester

Step into festive family fun this holiday season with Christmas in Rochester - there’s so much on offer to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!   

Join us as we kick off our headline events programme, and transform Rochester’s historic High Street into a glistening winter wonderland with our Christmas Light Switch On (27 November). 

On the same day, our charming castle grounds will be filled with festive goodies, as visitors are spoilt for choice in our annual Christmas Market (various dates from 27 Nov-12 Dec). From the 4-5 December, visitors are treated to a host of Victorian delights, as we celebrate one of Kent’s most prolific novelists, Charles Dickens at the Dickensian Christmas Festival.  

If you are still on the hunt for Christmas Cheer after our headline events, we also have a festive treasure trail in our local shops, a best-dressed window competition for retailers, Christmas-themed guided tours, a Vintage & Artisan Market, street entertainers and buskers on the high street, and services for advent in the beautiful Rochester Cathedral!  

Rochester is ready and waiting this festive season, and we can’t wait to welcome you back! The countdown to Christmas has officially begun…