Here's to another Sensational Year!
We hope you were able to join us for the 34th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair as we celebrated the 200th Birthday of the ever-popular Charles Dickens! If you missed the fun, we encourage you to peruse this website for a glimpse of the Fair as well as the most informative Dickens Bicentennial page dedicated to the worldwide celebration of this important anniversary year.
Do join us again in 2013 for
including the Friday after Thanksgiving,
November 23rd through December 22nd!
Thanks to the talent and hard work of hundreds of staff, crew, performers, vendors and volunteers, and the patronage of our enthusiastic public, the Fair's 2012 season was hugely successful. Once again, over three acres of old-world exhibition halls at the Cow Palace were magically transformed into a Victorian world of dancing, feasting, entertainment, and shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures! Tens of thousands of visitors immersed themselves in our Victorian Christmas Card Come to Life!
If you enjoyed yourself at the Fair last year, we hope you will write and let us know. The best way is via Office.firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a good old-fashioned letter to P.O. Box 1768 Novato, Ca. 94948. Also, join us on Facebook and Twitter for periodic postings about the Fair and the participants who are so passionate about creating it.
Happy New Year!
The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!
A Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for five weekends in 2013, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, December 22, from 10 am 'til 7 pm.
Created by Ron & Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin & Leslie Patterson & Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.
Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs & freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.
- London is expansive - over 120,000 square feet to explore!
- Visit shops bedecked with Christmastime finery and filled with unique treasures.
- Stop in for a hot toddy or a pint of Lagunitas at Mad Sal's Dockside Ale House, where the low-life hang out and the high-born drop in.
- Raise a champagne toast to the holidays at Fezziwig's Warehouse, the most cheerful spot in London.
- Enjoy rollicking entertainments on seven stages and in the streets.
- Feast on fine foods from the British Empire and beyond.
- Rest a spell in Cuthbert's Tea House, for a sip of hot tea and cucumber sandwiches or scones.
Experience the joys of Christmas past at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is produced in cooperation with, and as a fundraiser for, the Guild of St. George. The Guild of St. George is a California not-for-profit educational corporation dedicated to the study and presentation of Historical Arts, Lives, and Lifestyles, with a focus on Elizabethan England. Theatrical Workshops for the Fair are presented by the Guild in cooperation with Oceana High School in Pacifica.
The Dickens Christmas Fair supports the following worthwhile not-for-profit organizations:
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