We have always been proud to be based in Rochester. We've being providing IT Support in Rochester since we moved offices in 2009 and as another festive period approaches that pride grows further. That is because Rochester is home to some of the best Christmas events Kent and even the UK.So if you are in need of some festive cheer or want to see the best the area has to offer for Christmas entertainment, check out our list of best Christmas events in Rochester this year.
Rochester Christmas Market
Widely known as the best Christmas market in Kent, the Rochester Christmas market brings the Christmas feeling to a historical setting. Located in the scenic grounds of Rochester Castle, the market has everything you want from a festive market. From stalls full of fantastic gifts to a funfair and live events there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Don't forget to take a stroll through the Bavarian food village as well, even if its just to enjoy the alluring smell!
The Daily Mirror includes the Rochester Christmas market in there best Christmas markets in the UK list. This year the Rochester Christmas market starts on the Saturday 24th November and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Sunday 8th December. For opening times and more information check out the Medway Council website.
Dickensian Christmas Festival
For one special weekend of the year, Rochester goes full Dickensian. This year the Dickensian Christmas Festival is on Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December. The festival has parades, street entertainment and open-air carol singing. There are 4 separate parades consisting of costumed characters. The main parade starts at noon and is led by the Mayor of Medway.
Fancy taking part in the parade? Everyone is welcome to join the parade, just remember you need a Dickensian costume. For more information in taking part in the parade or the festival itself click here.
On Friday 30th November enjoy an evening of food and dance. The Dickens Mistletoe Costumed Ball is one of the most fun events every Christmas. Tickets cost £25 each and include a fish and chips dinner (a vegetarian option can be requested) as well as live music from local band, Mixed Feelings.
Being a costumed ball, you need to dress up in your very best Victorian wears. The ball starts at 7pm and is hosted by the Corn Exchange. More information can be found here.
A Christmas Carol
The Dickensian theme continues with a very special performance of one of Charles Dickens' most loved works, A Christmas Carol at Eastgate House. The experience begins as soon as you enter, with scenes from the play performed in hidden areas throughout the building. This performance of A Christmas Carol is a unique experience of one of the most famous Christmas tales. There are 5 performances, lasting 45 minutes and they are on Sunday 9th December, Saturday 15th December, and Sunday 16th December.
For more information and for details on purchasing tickets visit the Medway Council website.
You can't have Christmas without a panto, and of course, Rochester has you covered. Dick Whittington is at The Central Theatre from Friday 7th December through to Monday 31st of December. Ray Quinn of X-Factor fame stars alongside Joe Tracini (Hollyoaks) and Ian Good (panto dame veteran).
That's not all for panto, because there is a special Children's panto as well. Sammy the Sheep Saves Christmas is on at The Brook Theatre from Friday 30th November through to Christmas Eve.
For tickets for either panto click here.
Rochester is not only a picturesque town with a deep history, it also knows how to celebrate Christmas. Make sure you don't miss the fabulous festive offerings available this year.