Christmas Markets are a bloomin’ joy, aren’t they? My favourite British one is, of course, Hyde Park’s faaaabulous Winter Wonderland, an annually gorgeous affair. I’ve not had a chance to check it out this year (but PLEASE feel free to go on my behalf!); however, I did head down to my local Christmas Market recently, which gave me just the same festive feels.
Since moving, my local Christmas Market has become the Rochester Dickensian Christmas Market – that’s right, because the entirety of my postal area loves to remind us that Charles Dickens once knocked about in these parts, Rochester pulls out all the stops to encapsulate not only a seasonal theme, but also to make you feel like you’re in a scene from Oliver Twist. Altogether now – consider yourself… 🎶
It’s quite quirky; actors in spectacular Dickensian costumes command the cobbled streets. But if history isn’t your kinda thing, simply duck out of the main High Street towards the castle, which is where the traditional Christmas Market is held – and where I spent most of my day!
It’s not quite the grand scale of Hyde Park, but they still put in hella effort to get this gig together. From the mouth-watering Bavarian food market, to the unique, handmade gift stalls, the huge fairground attractions and the decadent Christmas tree topped with a flurry of fake snow, all set to the backdrop of the picturesque Rochester Castle.
We gorged on German hot dogs (and got ketchup-coated onions everywhere in the process…), listened to some classic Christmas bangers (Last Christmas never gets old) and squeezed ourselves into the nooks and crannies of Rochester to catch a glimpse of the Dickensian Christmas parade.
If you find yourself with a free afternoon (HA! Like that EVER happens in December!) please think about heading down to your local Christmas Market. Your local community benefits so much, not to mention the hundreds of independent businesses who stock up their stalls just so we can get our fill of cute, quirky gifts.
We loved our local Christmas Market, and I hope you love yours too!