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In some ways it just wouldn't be Christmas without sparing a thought for Charles Dickens who gave us the much loved Christmas Carol and one of the most memorable characters to cast a shadow over the literary page --the diabolical Ebenezer Scrooge.
The town of Rochester maintins many links with this famous writer. Dickens lived there as a child and returned before his death. In fact he was writing his last novel The Mystery of Edwin Droodwhen he was felled by a stroke. The novel is set in Cloisterham, a thinly disguised Rochester.
And Rochester certainly turns up the Christmas lights for them.
High Street is transformed into a festive panorama with entertainment, dancing, Dickens readings, themed parades including the Grand Parade and Candlelit Parade led by the local mayor dance as well as guaranteed "snowfalls" (yes they enlist a snow machine).
You also never know what Dickensian character is going to lurch out at you from the shadows of a doorway. It could be the ghastly white-faced Miss Havisham or Ebenezer Scrooge with his long spindly arthritic fingers.
Some of the children dress up as chimeny sweeps and many of the locals and shop keepers dress up in formal Victorian attire.