Public Information


We did not have a large problem with parking in the town last year but with us expecting the same if not more visitors to the town this year we encourage those that can walk in do so. If public transport is available and convenient for you then please use this where possible. 

The car parks being used by the Festival and therefore not available for parking are as follows:

  • Cinque Ports Street

  • The Strand

Please ensure that no vehicles are left in The Strand or Cattle Market areas on the night of Friday 7th December as we have a large scale set up to carry out on the Saturday morning. Areas required by the festival will be clearly signposted and cordoned off.

All council car parks (other than the ones listed above) will be free of charge for the weekend of the festival.


We will have our main contact point by the grotto at St Mary's Centre. Any lost children or belongings should be brought here and will be looked after until collected. 


All festival staff can be easily identified by their high vis jackets. If you have any concerns or problems on the day, please find one of us and we will be happy to help. All festival committee have current DBS certification.


We will have photographers from the Rye & District Camera Club in town for the day. You will be able to recognise them as they will have high vis jackets on with their logo. 

All filming of the event will be used solely by the Rye Christmas Festival for their own marketing purposes. If you have a concern regarding this then please contact


St John's Ambulance will be at the festival with first aiders located at the bottom of Conduit Hill. 


The high street will again be closed for the duration of the day with no access from 9am- 7pm. Marshalls will be at entry and exit points to the high street to ensure that all pedestrians are safe.  

The procession will involve a rolling road closure on Station Approach, Cinque Ports & Tower Street during the time of the procession only (16:30-17:15 ). Please ensure any children in the procession are accompanied by an adult.


Events such as these can attract street sellers and stalls. While the committee will do all they can to prevent this, it is something that is sometimes beyond our control. 

The Rye Christmas Festival committee do not take responsibility for the goods or services of any un-authorised traders at the event.