We have taken the difficult decision not to hold the Rochester Christmas Market, Dickensian Christmas Festival or the Christmas light switch on events this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To find out more, visit Christmas in Medway.

Our priority is to make sure you are safe. Due to the popularity of these events it would be not be possible to put into place the government’s current social distancing guidelines.

In previous years, the Dickensian Christmas Festival uncovered a feast of Victorian delights, costumed characters, parades open air carol concerts. 

Familiar characters from Dickens' much-loved stories with highlights from:

  • the Seven Poor Travellers procession
  • the grande parade
  • a candlelit procession
  • an open air carol concert
  • street performers