Feel­ing fes­tive yet? Let the king of tra­di­tional Christ­mas, Charles Dick­ens, in­spire you as the Dick­en­sian Christ­mas Fes­ti­val re­turns to the streets of Rochester. By An­gela Cole

Kentish Express Ashford & District - What's On - - FESTIVE -

Char­ac­ters from Dick­ens’ sto­ries will come to life and pa­rade through the snow-laden streets of Rochester this week­end.

The Dick­en­sian Christ­mas Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, will fea­ture cos­tumed char­ac­ters, parades, street en­ter­tain­ment and open air car­ols.

It’s not just those tak­ing part in the pa­rade who can dress in their Vic­to­rian finest - vis­i­tors lin­ing the streets are en­cour­aged to don cos­tume too.

The parades will take place at noon and 4.45pm on both days. And set­ting the full Dick­ens scene will be guar­an­teed snow­fall.

As in pre­vi­ous years, the fes­ti­val is ac­com­pa­nied by the Christ­mas mar­ket in the pic­turesque Rochester Cas­tle Gar­dens, run­ning from Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 to Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, where vis­i­tors can browse stalls and find gifts, mulled wine and ar­ti­san choco­late.

There will also be live per­for­mances, a fun­fair – with rides cost­ing just £1 on the Fri­day – and a Bavar­ian food vil­lage where there will be Ger­man bratwurst sausages, a hog roast and chur­ros. Don’t for­get there will also be guar­an­teed snow­fall.

The mar­ket will be open from noon to 8pm on the Fri­day and 10am to 7pm on Satur­day and Sun­day. It re­turns on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 un­til Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9.

Cllr Howard Doe from Med­way Coun­cil said: “Thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to visit Med­way over the Christ­mas pe­riod and we’re de­lighted to be able to help them get into the fes­tive spirit with our Christ­mas mar­ket and Dick­en­sian Christ­mas Fes­ti­val. The mar­ket is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and the fes­ti­val is also a high­light in Med­way’s events cal­en­dar.”

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