Christmas in Rochester

The local community has come together to bring some Christmas magic to Rochester High Street, despite current Covid-19 restrictions.

Despite the temporary loss of Rochester’s usual, much-loved, festivities, Visit Rochester and The Rochester City Centre Forum have ensured that while observing Covid-19 restrictions, Christmas is most definitely NOT cancelled! Here’s what’s happening…

As the traditional festival and market cannot take place this year, Visit Rochester and The Rochester City Centre Forum have joined forces to ensure that residents and visitors can still enjoy Rochester, safely.
The Forum is made up of representatives from different local organisations including the traders association, the Cathedral, and many individuals who work together and give their time. Visit Rochester is a tourism and community website,  promoting Rochester to a global audience.

This community collective has endeavoured to make Rochester as fun as possible this Christmas. Everything has been planned to avoid groups of people gathering,  ensuring compliance with current Tier 3 conditions. From 2 December there will be treasure trails, late night shopping, weekend music and street food, plus vintage and artisan markets.

Cathedral Christmas Trail
Now until 2 Jan 2021
Follow the Cathedral’s Christmas Trail by scanning the QR codes marked as stars on the Christmas in Rochester Map. The final QR code can be found on the noticeboard outside the Cathedral.  Visit the Cathedral to see the Crib Scene, light a candle for a loved one (subject to opening hours and restrictions).

Late Night Opening
9, 16  Dec | 5 - 7.30pm
Come to Rochester High Street on a Wednesday night for hot toddies and Christmas shopping. The shops will be open until 7.30pm so you’ll be able to tick off some of those gifts from your list.

Christmas in Rochester Children’s Treasure Trail
Now until 2 Jan 2021
Find Tiny Tim Mouse and help him get home for Christmas! He’s hiding in 12 shops in Rochester High Street. Find him in at least 10 windows to win £100 of High Street Vouchers.

Christmas in Rochester Adult’s Treasure Trail
Now until 2 Jan 2021
Find 12 letters in High Street shop windows, spelling out a name associated with Christmas, to win £100 of High Street Vouchers.

• Pick up a Christmas in Rochester map in shops, cafés/takeaways. It contains entry forms for the Treasure Trail prize draws.
Guided Tours

Weds, Sats and Suns up to 23 Dec, then daily 27 to 30 Dec
Historic and Christmas themed guided tours, by the City of Rochester Society,  Rochester History Walking Tours, and Footsteps in Time.

Rochester City Vintage & Artisan Market
12, 19 Dec | 10am - 3.30pm
Bustling market stalls from Blue Boar Car Park to the Guildhall Museum. Proceeds go towards funds for High Street initiatives and hanging baskets.

• There will also be a best-dressed Christmas window competition with prizes for four categories of business.

For more news and updates go to www.visitrochester.uk or visitrochesteruk on Facebook

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