ROCHESTER CHRISTMAS DICKENS
3RD DECEMBER - 4TH DECEMBER
Packed with shopping stalls, Rochester becomes a feast of Victorian delights. There are lamp-lit parades, carols to be sung, Father Christmas to be met and even a guaranteed snowfall, framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle. You’ll also see some familiar, fabled characters from Dickens’ much-loved stories.
Highlights include the Seven Poor Travellers Procession, the Grand Parade, a candlelit procession, the open air carol concert, and roaming street performers.
Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas has been held annually since 1988, which is fitting as Medway held such a special place in Charles Dickens’ life and work. The writer spent five of his childhood years in Medway from 1817 to 1822. He returned for the last few years of his life, dying at Gads Hill in 1870.
Seven Poor Travellers’ Procession
Starting at The Victoria & Bull Hotel led by The Lamplighter, the procession will end outside Six Poor Travellers’ House where Mr Charles Dickens will entertain the crowds. All followed by the carving of the Christmas Turkey.
Led by the Mayor of Medway, the parade
will start on the High Street by Almon Place. The costumed characters and performers will move along the High Street, turn left into the Esplanade, continuing up Castle Hill before nishing on the Boley Hill Stage.
Led by the Mayor of Medway, the parade will start on the High Street by Almon Place. It will move along the High Street and turn left at Northgate onto Boley Hill, joining the carol concert on the open air stage.
Carols for Christmas
Leading the magical concert this year is the Rochester Choral Society Choir. Join the BAE Systems Brass Band and all the festival performers outside Rochester’s magni cent Cathedral on Boley Hill, all under a guaranteed snowfall.