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In 2013, we celebrate 35 years of bringing to life the dazzling world of Charles Dickens.
A beloved Bay Area tradition and one of the most elaborate, inventive and authentically-Victorian Christmas events anywhere in the world, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party presents a brilliant facsimile of London circa the 1840s-1860s - a Victorian Christmas Card Come to Life!
Join us for FIVE WEEKENDS
Nov. 23 ~ Dec. 22 from 10am to 7pm,
including the Friday after Thanksgiving!
Our talented staff, crew, performers, vendors and volunteers have prepared a magnificent production. Once again, over three acres of old-world exhibition halls at San Francisco's legendary Cow Palace are magically transformed into a Victorian holiday world of dancing, feasting, entertainments, and shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures! An ever-changing recreated slice of Charles Dickens’ London, warmly lit and lovingly decorated, with winding lanes, shops, pubs, tearooms, lecture halls, a grand Music Hall and the London dockside brought to life by more than 750 authentically-dressed actors.
Do join us, won't you?
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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