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Medway: There will be a white Dickensian Christmas Festival at Rochester with characters, parades and snow

By Angela Cole

Characters from the pages of Charles Dickens’s great stories jump off the page and onto the streets of Rochester this weekend as the town becomes a Victorian winter wonderland.

The annual Dickensian Christmas Festival will transform the area in a traditional way, celebrating the work and times of the author, who used it as inspiration for many of his stories.

And the odds of it being a white Dickensian Christmas are guaranteed as there will be  snow machines to provide the festive covering.

The Lamplighter will be out in Rochester High Street for the Dickensian Christmas Festival Picture Steve Crispe

The Lamplighter will be out in Rochester High Street for the Dickensian Christmas Festival Picture: Steve Crispe

Running on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 between 10am and 5pm both days, Victorian delights include fictional characters, stalls, reindeer and parades.

The event, which attracts thousands to Rochester, includes a main parade at noon from Almon Place both days and an atmospheric candle-lit parade at 4.45pm.

There will be reindeer, like Precious, pictured last year

There will be reindeer, like Precious, pictured last year

There will also be an open air carol concert featuring the BAE Systems Brass Band to round off the festivities each day.

It will be a white Dickensian Christmas in Rochester this weekend Picture Steve Crispe

It will be a white Dickensian Christmas in Rochester this weekend Picture: Steve Crispe

 

Part of the festivities will be the Rochester Christmas Market in the castle gardens which runs from 10am to 7pm both days.

For details of all entertainment, and travel options, visit new.medway.gov.uk.

There will be parades and characters at the Dickensian Christmas Festival

There will be parades and characters at the Dickensian Christmas Festival

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