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All of Dickens' London is Indeed a Stage!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party returns to the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for its 35th Anniversary with an Authentic Recreation of Victorian London, complete with Lively Theatre, Festive Feasting, Dancing and Shopping for all
Opens Saturday November 18th and runs weekends through Sunday December 17th, from 10am to 7pm, including Friday November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - (January 17, 2017) A cherished Bay Area holiday tradition, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party returns to the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls (2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, CA) on November 18, and continues for five weekends (including November 24th, the Friday after Thanksgiving) through Sunday, December 17, 2017. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair has been a stellar event for decades, and this year’s 35th Anniversary version is especially designed to kindle and set aglow your holiday spirits.

Each holiday season, the elves of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair magically transform over three acres of exhibition halls into the delightfully lively world of Charles Dickens’ London. Cheerful calls of street vendors meld with songs of holiday carolers; enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air; and inviting shops overflow with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. As they explore the theatres, pubs and winding lanes of Victorian London, guests are surprised and amazed at every turn by the vibrant street scenes and colorful characters out of Victorian life and fiction, including, of course, Mr. Dickens’ lively imagination.

Originally conceived and created by Ron & Phyllis Patterson in 1970, The Great Dickens Fair is now produced by Kevin and Leslie Patterson and Red Barn Productions, continuing the family tradition of theatrical excellence, historical authenticity, and environmental theater.

“Imagine visiting London’s West End in 1850 and finding all the theatre and shop doors open wide, and the lamplit streets filled to overflowing with hilarity and mirth! That’s what every day of the Fair is like,” says Executive Director Kevin Patterson. “Over 750 characters from the imagination, heart and times of Charles Dickens will sweep you into the play and bring you laughing and dancing into the holiday spirit.”

Seven stages offer entertainments, ranging from the family-friendly to the bold and even slightly outrageous. Proper ladies and gentlemen and their families may choose to enjoy an opera gala, children’s shows, melodramas, music-hall turns, and dance performances in upscale settings. Those feeling more adventurous and wild might prefer to carouse with can-can dancers and salty sailors amidst the bawdy entertainments at the all-new Mad Sal’s Music Hall Review.

Bring your appetite when you visit The Great Dickens Christmas Fair— there is ever so much to eat and drink! Feast on delicious foods from the British Empire and beyond, from exquisite savories to heavenly handcrafted sweets. You may also want to visit one of the five traditional pubs to enjoy a frothy pint of ale, fine wine, bubbly champagne, hot buttered rum, Irish coffee, or hot toddy. You can also enjoy a traditional English high tea with scones and finger sandwiches – anytime is teatime at the Dickens Fair.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is perfect for young people, offering authentic old-world activities, games, and holiday entertainment opportunities. Younger guests will enjoy meeting Old Father Christmas; riding on a hand-powered Adventure Carousel; cheering and jeering at Punch & Judy puppet shows; marveling at the Toy Parade; taking tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter; enjoying children’s entertainment on the Father Christmas Stage and family entertainment in the Victoria & Albert Music Hall. In addition, youngsters can create their very own Fairy Houses, try their hand at an actual 1860s printing press, learn to tie intricate knots, sing sea chanteys, have their hair French-braided, or create their own holiday gifts such as rolled beeswax candles and hand-painted ceramic ornaments.

Adult patrons love to gather in the Bohemian Absinthe Bar for lively conversation, or at Mad Sal’s Dockside Ale House to join in the singing of raucous favorites and watch high-kicking dancers take to the stage for the wicked “Can-Can Bijou.” The extremely popular and outrageous “Saucy French Postcards Tableaux Revue” returns to the Victoria & Albert Bijou Music Hall during “Dickens After Dark” – with an all-new risqué exhibition of beauty unveiled! This immensely popular twilight-hour entertainment is sure to entice and delight the adults in the audience. Admission to this attraction is free, but you must request tickets upon arrival at the Fair; they go quickly and guests must be 18 or older to gain admittance.

Shop for the perfect holiday gift and revel in a wonderland of one-of-a-kind artisan treasures. Over 100 beautiful shops offer fine crafts, romantic clothing and accessories, ceramics, elegant drinkware, stunning jewelry, toys, ornaments, antiquarian books, and more.

Ticketing and Other Pertinent Information:
With Select-Day Ticketing for 2017 ~ Reserve your day early!

Tickets On Sale Now

With the growing popularity of the Dickens Christmas Fair over the past 16 years, and to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of Fair guests, tickets to the Fair are being sold with theatre-style Select-Day ticketing.

As with many other theatrical events, ‘Select-Day’ tickets must be purchased for the actual day you wish to attend, so purchase early to make sure that you’re able to attend on the day(s) you prefer! Although all tickets are non-refundable, they are fully transferable to another person.

Ticket pricing at

  • Adult Tickets (13+ yrs.) are $30.00 each plus a convenience fee charged by Eventbrite.
  • Child Tickets (5-12 yrs.) are $14.00 each plus a convenience fee charged by Eventbrite.
  • Children under 5 years are free.
  • Pickwick Club Season Passes are also available online through Dec. 11th at $105.00 per pass, plus a convenience fee charged by Eventbrite (a $330.00 value!).

Admission Prices at the Gate (if tickets are available)

  • Adult/General Admission (13+): $30.00
  • Children (5-12yrs): $14.00
  • Children under 5 are always free
  • Pickwick Club 2017 Season Pass: $105.00
  • Adult Twilight Tickets, valid after 3:00 PM: $18.00 (available at the box office only)
  • Child Twilight Tickets, valid after 3:00 PM: $10.00 (available at the box office only)

Group Tickets: For groups of 20 or more, please contact Golden Gate Group Tickets: or 415-668-0525. Group tickets are not available online.

Parking is $12 per vehicle (charged by the Cow Palace). The Fair offers a free shuttle from the Glen Park BART station.

For questions about tickets, please contact

Our esteemed Media Guests are most cordially invited to a sumptuous Tea at Mr. Dickens’ home, Tavistock House, on-site at 2pm daily during our opening weekend, November 18th and 19th. Your RSVP to Denise Lamott at or (415) 381-8793 is required in advance. Digital images, media passes, promotional tickets for giveaway, interviews, and costumed performers for your holiday events are also available by contacting Denise Lamott.

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WHAT: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party

WHEN: Opens Saturday, November 18 and runs Saturdays and Sundays (plus the Friday after Thanksgiving) through December 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

WHERE: The Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA

All tickets are Select-Day. Visit to reserve your day at the Fair!
General Admission
(13+): $30.00
Children ages 5-12: $14.00
Children under 5: Free
Fair Season Pass: $105.00 adult
Group Tickets: For groups of 20 or more, contact, 415-668-0525


Fireman's Toy Drive: Daly City Fire Department's "Operation Santa Claus"
Bring an unwrapped NEW toy to the Fair box office and receive a $3 discount off one adult ticket! Toys will be given to the Daly City Fire Department's "Operation Santa Claus" toy drive, now in its 67th year of bringing holiday cheer to less fortunate families in the Daly City/Colma/Broadmoor area.

Military 1st & 2nd Weekends Free Admission:
Active Military personnel will receive FREE Admission on First and Second Weekends!
(November 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 only; photo I.D. required.) See website for details.

The Scrooge Special (twilight ticket offer; available only at the box office)
Adult Twilight Tickets, available after 3pm: $18.00
Child Twilight Tickets, available after 3pm: $10.00
A great excuse to visit the Dickens Fair for a second time and focus on shopping or take in a wonderful dinner and a lively show!

"Kids Free Sunday" November 26
Children (5-12 years old) will receive FREE admission on "Kids Free Sunday" - November 26 only. Children under 5 are always free.

Parking available for $12 (charged by the Cow Palace).



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