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The Rochester Dickensian Christmas 2018 took place on the weekend of 1st and 2nd December.
The Saturday weather was less than kind with heavy showers, but Sunday was mild and mostly dry. We will be posting more news and pictures here soon, and will be very happy to share your contributions. If you want to contribute follow this link
The opening event was the Mistletoe Ball in the magnificent Corn Exchange, on Friday November 30th. This year for the first time we welcomed the local band Mixed Feelings. The band took us through a first half which included strict tempo for our ballroom enthusiasts, and a second half of party music. We also included some 'hardcore' old time dance in the Victorian tradition, led by Eddie and Barbara. In the interval we ran competitions for the most outrageous costume and the most authentic costume. Then it was party time. Throughout the evening the band's lead singer Steph sang her heart out, and everybody seems to have had a good time.
This year the festival photo albums all seem to be on Facebook, but not everyone is registered. Here is our album with quite a lot of the Mistletoe Ball, and quite a lot of hats!
If you were at the ball but had to leave before our survey forms were distributed please feel free to contact us to receive a form and have a say in the future of the Dickens Balls.
If you wanted to go to the costume sale you have missed it! The sale took place on Saturday, November 10th; the event was well attended and business was brisk. Your next opportunity will be the sale about a month before the Summer Dickens Festival.
Dates for Dickens events in 2018