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Rochester Christmas Market

26th November - 11th December 2022

Get your Christmas shopping off to a fun and festive start at the Rochester Christmas Market.

Set in the spectacular Rochester Castle gardens, the Christmas markets are held over three consecutive weekends. 

It's the ideal place to search for that special gift and stocking fillers by wandering around the many craft and trade stalls.

Food and drink stalls are available to purchase hot and cold beverages, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and much more.

Become a stallholder
After the success of the 2021 Rochester Christmas Market, applications are now open for stallholders to attend the 2022 event.  For details click here.

Travel Information

  • Visiting by Coach

    If you are visiting the festival by coach or minibus, please pre-book your parking space by Tuesday, 1 November by downloading the coach booking form

  • Visiting by Car

    As town centre parking in Rochester will be extremely limited during the Dickensian Christmas Festival. We strongly advise visitors to use the park and ride service, which will operate from the University of Greenwich, adjacent to The Historic Dockyard Chatham between 9am-6pm on both days of the festival. For further details on P&R, click here.

    To help plan your journey visit 

  • Blue Badge Parking

    Blue Badge spaces are available in all public pay and display car parks. Please note, for car parks operating ANPR camera systems, blue badge holders will need to register their vehicle in advance to qualify for free parking and must continue to display your badge when parked.

    For the Christmas Markets and Dickensian Christmas weekend, additional on street blue badge parking spaces are provided on the Esplanade (beneath the castle wall). These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.

    For further details on parking in Medway and contact details for parking services, please visit Medway Council's website.

  • Visiting by Bus

    There are many bus stops in and around Rochester, and Rochester is well served by bus routes.

    • From Chatham: Arriva- 133, 140, 141, 190, 191, (193 Sundays) 700;Nu-Venture 151, 174, ASD 173,197
    • From Gravesend: Arriva 190  
    • From West Malling, Halling and Cuxton: Nu Venture 151  
    • From Grain, Hoo: Arriva 191 (193 Sundays)

    Full timetable details are available at or

  • Visiting by Train

    The easiest and quickest way to visit Rochester is by train. Rochester Train Station is roughly a two-minute walk from the high street. Strood Train Station is under a 10-minute walk. Please use the 'Live' trains timetable below or visit Southeastern Trains website to plan your journey.

Tickets and Pricing


Days and times

  • Saturday 26 & Sunday 27
    10am - 6pm
    Friday 2 December
    12pm - 8pm
    Saturday 3 & Sunday 4
    10am - 7pm
    Friday 9 December
    12pm - 8pm
    Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December
    10am - 6pm



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