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A farewell to Rochester Christmas Market 2018

Another year is over for the Rochester Christmas Market.

With the sparkling of Christmas lights and the echoes of carols floating through the air all gone, Rochester’s streets only just getting used to tourists, have become slightly barren again.

The markets have always been a hub for Christmas lovers, hidden in the gardens of Rochester Castle,  its tiny huts filled with mulled wine and hot chocolate is definitely the place to get in the Christmas spirit.

This year saw a fabulous display of local shops and charities decorating stalls full of goodies to sell to the general public. From plush toys to art and crafts, you really had all the choice when choosing what to buy for your loved ones.

The highlight of the Christmas markets this year had to be the funfair.

Many of the rides varied from old traditional carousels, spooky haunted houses and a mini bumper cars. The funfair provided a light-hearted atmosphere in the dreary weather, and definitely occupied the little ones who couldn’t enjoy a Baileys hot chocolate just yet!

Another added spectacular to the markets was the food.

The smell of hot roasted chestnuts and sugar-coated doughnuts filling the air made for a naughty treat. Although, the main site for a foodie’s dream was the Bavarian Village. It will hopefully return next year for another scrumptious delivery of food.

This part of the market, turned picnic site, had wooden benches for you to take a seat and delve into all the hog roasts and burgers you can stomach. There was also an added bandstand for singers and instrumentalists to take the stage and entertain you with classic Christmas hits.

Aside from the winter chill, Rochester’s Christmas markets were certainly not a disappointment and proved once again that it won’t be long before Santa really is….coming to town.