Friday, 3 December 2010
The Dickens Christmas Market opens today at Rochester Castle and will run for 17 days, until Sunday 19th December 2010. It will take place in the Castle grounds during the Dickensian Christmas Festival to create what may well be one of the largest 'authentic' German Style Christmas market in the UK. It will feature German-style Christmas chalets, a giant Christmas tree, bandstand, and carousel. The castle walls will be illuminated and the entire market will be decorated in festive tradition to ensure that visitors experience a truly spectacular Christmas atmosphere.
Charles Dickens is famous of course for practically creating the Christmas we know today in his festive classic A Christmas Carol, published on 17 December 1843, and which he completed in only six weeks! But A Christmas Carol wasn’t the only festive-themed story that Dickens penned. His other Christmas Books include The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846) and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1848).