1st October 2023

Rochester Christmas Market is set in the spectacular Rochester Castle gardens and held over 3 consecutive weekends at the end of November and beginning of December.

More than 200,000 people visit Rochester Christmas Market each year to shop in over 80 stalls, enjoy the food and drink in the Bavarian Village, step into the children's Christmas Village with Mrs Clause and the Elves, or just enjoy the roaming performances, music and other entertainment.

The carefully curated market sees a wide variety for shoppers, with many unique Christmas gift ideas. The additional offer of free and paid for entertainment in and around the market ensure that visitors have a truly festive and enjoyable outing.

The ‘Victorian’ theme creates a traditional Christmas offer for audiences and helps set this market apart from others, even more so on the first weekend of December when the Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival is held. The historic cobbled high street and the castle gardens step back in time to create an immersive Christmas experience like no other.

Set in the spectacular Rochester Castle gardens, the Christmas markets will start on Saturday 25 November and run over three consecutive weekends until Sunday 10 December. 

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.

NEW FOR 2023!

Children's Christmas Village!

We’re so excited to announce the brand new ‘Children’s Christmas Village’ – sat amongst the vibrant Christmas Market at Rochester Castle from Saturday, 25 November to Sunday, 10 December.
Mrs Claus and her elves have worked hard to bring your children a magical Christmas experience that includes Christmas stories in Mrs Claus’ snug, crafting their own Christmas decorations in the Elves’ workshop and decorating a festive sweet treat to take home.

Tickets are just £10 per child (ages 4-11). Adults do not need a ticket. There must be at least one, but no more than two adults for every entry. Click here to book your tickets.

Christmas Trees

Ada’s Florist, who sell Christmas Trees, will be attending all 8 days of the Christmas Market.  They will have some 3, 4 and 5 foot trees on display to purchase and take away on the day.  You can also place an order with them at the market or pre order them.  For more information and to pre-order your tree, visit Ada's website www.adaflower.co.uk

Getting to the Rochester Christmas Market

There are many options for visitors to get to the Christmas Markets at Rochester. For more details, click here.