Rochester Christmas Market

Rochester-Chatham is a town in Kent which is located along the River Medway about 50 kilometers east of London, the city’s history begins with its founding by the Romans, who named it Durobrivae. Rochester was continuously inhabited in the Middle Ages. A Norman castle and cathedral were built in the eleventh century, these two buildings are still the main visitor attractions of the city. The castle, which is located in the center of the town, is a superb example of Norman military architecture. The cathedral which is the second oldest of England, is a mix of architectural styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic. Rochester is now also famous for being the place where, for over 10 years, the writer Charles Dickens lived and where he set several of his works.


Dates of the Christmas Market:
Usually end of November – December

1) Rochester Christmas Market. That of Rochester is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Great Britain. It takes place at the foot of the ancient Norman castle. The market consists of more than 70 German style wooden chalets, with chants and songs of Christmas, you will find also a large Christmas tree.

Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday (10am to 6pm) Friday (12 noon to 8pm).

Contact info: T. 01634 338141. E-mail:

2) Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival. In the first weekend of December Rochester hosts – now for more than 20 years – the Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival set on the novel by Dickens “A Christmas Carol” that recreates the ambience of the works of Charles Dickens with costumed characters. During the event are organized parades and processions of costumed characters and carol concerts. Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas has been held annually since 1988.

Opening Hours: from 10am to 5pm

Contact info: T. 01634 338141. E-mail:


Send us by e-mail ( ) information such as that the date, opening hours, a detailed description of the market, information for the exhibitors …. and we will put them (for free) on our site. A poster (without drawings) of your market is appreciated.