We hope you enjoyed this year's Dickensian Christmas Festival on Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December 2018.

What was on

This year let you uncover a feast of Victorian delights, familiar costumed characters, parades and open air carol concerts and browse the stalls for some festive shopping.

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

Download the Dickensian Christmas Festival itinerary


Dickensian Christmas Weekend is extremely popular and full of parades, street entertainment and open air carol concerts.

This is the busiest weekend for Rochester Christmas Market. So if you like to browse the stalls away from the crowds we recommend visiting the market during one of our other days.

Dickensian couple

Mistletoe Ball

Friday 30 November 2018 from 7pm at the Corn Exchange

On Friday 30 November, you donned your finest Victorian costume and polished off your dancing shoes for an evening of food and dance at the Dickens Mistletoe Costumed Ball.

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

There was 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

Everyone was welcome as they dress up to join in the parade.

Every year there is a costume sale, so there's no need to panic if you don't have a costume already.

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Was Charles Dickens a Freemason?

Saturday 1 December 2018, at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

A short illustrated presentation posed the question: 'Was Charles Dickens a Freemason?'

This was followed by a guided tour of the Masonic Temple.

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 from Thursday 20 December to Sunday 23 December.

Find out how to get around Medway this Christmas