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Dickensian Christmas

Dickensian Christmas Festival

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 fairy-tale 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.

Rochester Christmas Market at the castle will also be taking place the same weekend. For details click here.

Dickens costume sale

If you need help with an outfit for the Dickensian Festival, look no further! Head down to Rochester’s Corn Exchange on Sat, 20 November, between 10am and 3pm.

The Mistletoe Costumed Ball

The Mistletoe Costumed Ball is back! Dress up in your grandest Dickensian costume and join us at the Queens Hall of the Corn Exchange Rochester. The evening starts with a traditional Christmas dinner, followed by dancing to ‘Legacy’. There is a cash bar and raffle.
Friday, 3 December, 7pm for 7.30pm start.
Tickets cost £26 (meal included) until 21 November, then £30 until 26 November. Tickets and more information from at www.medwayticketslive.co.uk.


Rochester town centre

Entry Price

Free entry