This year's Dickensian Christmas Festival will be on Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December 2018.

What's on

Uncover a feast of Victorian delights, familiar costumed characters, parades and open air carol concerts at this year's Dickensian Christmas Festival.

You will also be able to browse the stalls for some festive shopping.

There is even guaranteed snowfall, all framed by Rochester's fairytale castle and cathedral.


Please note: there will be no live reindeer at this year’s Dickensian Christmas Festival.

Dickensian Christmas Weekend (Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December) is extremely popular and full of parades, street entertainment and open air carol concerts.

This is the busiest weekend for Rochester Christmas Market. If you'd like to browse the stalls away from the crowds you might want to come during one of our other days.

Dickensian couple

Mistletoe Ball

Friday 30 November 2018 from 7pm at the Corn Exchange

Don your finest Victorian costume and polish your dancing shoes for an evening of food and dance at the Dickens Mistletoe Costumed Ball.

Tickets include a fish and chip dinner (vegetarian option available on request), and music supplied by local band, Mixed Feelings.

Tickets are £25, and there will be an earlybird discount of £3 per ticket if you book before 7 November.  

Bookings will close on 28 November 2018.

Book Mistletoe Ball tickets

Arrivals are from 7pm and dinner will be served at 7.30pm. Carriages at 11.30pm.

Please note that tables seat a maximum of ten people, smaller groups will be seated with other parties. There will be a pay bar in operation.

There will also be a raffle in aid of the Friends of Eastgate House.

People at the Mistletoe Ball

Dickensian Christmas parades

Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December from 12pm and 4.45pm

Don’t forget to dress-up and join in the parade. Everyone’s welcome!

If you’d like to take part please meet at the junction of Almon Place and the High Street and arrive 15 minutes before each parade starts. Our stewards will be there to greet everyone.

No costume? Don't panic, just head down to the Dickensian costume sale between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 10 November at the Rochester Corn Exchange.

Dickensian 1

Getting to Rochester this Christmas

We have great transport links to help you get to Rochester this Christmas. We're also offering free parking at selected car parks.

Find out how to get around Medway this Christmas