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Christmas in Medway 2022

From markets and festivals to pantos, exhibitions and family activities, there is so much happening in Medway this Christmas.

Christmas is always a special time of year in Medway. 

Medway has a lot to offer visitors this Christmas with festive events and activities, plus all your favourite high street names and lots of independent retailers that can be found in our town centres to provide you with unique gifts for those special people in your life – or treat yourself.

The Rochester Christmas Market in Rochester Castle Gardens

Rochester Christmas Market

Thank you to the thousands of people who visited Rochester Christmas market last year.

The market will be taking place at weekends from Saturday, 26 November until Sunday, 11 December.  For market dates and times, click here.

Applications are open now for prospective stallholders for the 2022 Market. Find out more and apply online. 


Dickensian Christmas Parade

Dickensian Christmas Festival

Thousands of visitors were treated to a host of Victorian delights at this year’s Dickensian Christmas Festival which was held in Rochester High Street on Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 December. 

There were familiar costumed characters from the works of Charles Dickens, parades, street entertainment and open-air carol concerts. 

For further details click here


Snow White at The Central Theatre, Chatham

Snow White

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, which is the most magical panto of them all?

Journey to meet Dame Dotty, Herbie the Huntsman and the magnificent seven as we journey through the enchanted forest together!

Join us for a spectacular adventure, sure to provide rip-roaring adventure in true panto style! 

Various dates between Thursday, 8 to Saturday, 31 December 2021. Find out more and book tickets today.

The Lighthouse Cat's Christmas Adventure at The Brook Theatre, Chatham

The Lighthouse Cat's Christmas Adventure 2022

Join the Lighthouse Cat on a magical journey through fantastical lands to help lift the spell, relight the lamp and save the ships in time for Christmas!  

With interactive puzzles, songs, dances, and larger than life characters, this show is designed to fuel the imaginations of small children and gently stimulate their senses. It’s the perfect introduction to theatre for young audiences.

Come along and help the Lighthouse Cat  at The Brook Theatre from Friday, 2 to Saturday, 24 December. Book online today.

Christmas at Medway's Heritage sites

Christmas at our heritage sites

Celebrate the festive season at Medway's very own time capsule, Eastgate House. With activities on offer for any-aged historian, this is the perfect place to learn the history of Christmas.

Take a step back in time...

Elf Trail at the Guildhall Museum
Check up on the naughty elves this Christmas at the Guildhall Museum in Rochester. A free trail for children. 

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!

A true winter wonderland...

Rochester City Vintage & Artisan Market

Grab those unique and unforgettable gifts at The Rochester City Vintage & Artisan Market. Running on the second Saturday of each month, a trip here is sure to award you as top-present giver! 

Glorious gifting awaits...

Switching on the Christmas Lights!

The festive season will begin with Christmas lights switched on across Medway at our town centres.

Come along and join in the fun.  For dates and times, click here.

Shop Local, Shop Medway

Medway has lots to offer when it comes to shopping. From boutiques along Rochester High Street and Strood to family owned businesses in Chatham, Twydall, Gillingham, you’ll find the perfect gift on your doorstep. Don’t forget to head over to Hoo, Walderslade Village, Rainham, Parkwood and Lordswood – there’s lots of small independent shops waiting for you.

If you're keen to support local traders, visit the Produced in Kent website. There are four sections covering Christmas Food, Christmas Gifts, Eat, Drink & Stay and Experiences, with the campaign message being to Buy Five locally-produced presents for your friends and family.

Shop and Park for Free

FREE town centre parking for shoppers will be taking place from Thursday, 15 to Sunday, 18 December.      

Christmas Wreath making at The Historic Dockyard

Christmas Wreath making Workshops

Join the Master Ropermakers and spend the afternoon in the festival surrounds of Commissioner's House at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Learn how to create your own Christmas wreath masterpiece to hang proudly on your front door.

Materials and refreshments provided. To book your place, click here

Wreath making at Capstone Farm Country Park

Celebrating Christmas at our country parks

Capstone Farm Country Park and Riverside Country Park have a variety of festive celebrations on offer this December.  Details to be published soon.

Let's get Crafty... 

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