Enter the Heart of the Holidays ~ a Victorian Christmas Card come to life!
5 Weekends Nov. 18-Dec. 17, including the Friday after Thanksgiving


Magical entertainments abound on 7 stages & throughout the winding lanes of “Old London.”
5 Weekends Nov. 18-Dec. 17, including the Friday after Thanksgiving


Feast on delicious foods from the British Empire and beyond, from exquisite savories to heavenly sweets.
5 Weekends Nov. 18-Dec. 17, including the Friday after Thanksgiving


A treasured Bay Area holiday tradition for the young - and the young at heart!
5 Weekends Nov. 18-Dec. 17, including the Friday after Thanksgiving

The Heart of the Holidays

Wonder and Delight! Enter the world of Charles Dickens' Victorian London on a magical Christmas Eve, and discover the heart of the holidays! Resounding laughter, mirth and merriment abound. You are invited to join the dance, mingle with over 800 lively performers, and revel in hearty food and drink!

Immerse yourself in Dickens’ heartfelt stories as they unfold around you. Explore over three acres of vintage exhibition halls, marvelously transformed into lamplit streets, boisterous pubs and wondrous theatres, music halls, dance parties, tearooms, and shops offering one-of-a-kind treasures.

Join us for our 2017 Season ~
5 Weekends Nov. 18~Dec. 17
10AM ~ 7 PM
including the Friday after Thanksgiving!

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Surprise &
Serendipity Abound

From highborn royalty to denizens of the street, the Fair teems with over 800 colorful & iconic characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens ~ and the pages of history!

Father Christmas holds court beside a great toy-bedecked tree, hearing the Christmas wishes of all good girls and boys. Or you might mingle with chimney sweeps, London bobbies, and street urchins; cheer Queen Victoria and dashing Prince Albert as they tour the streets; strike up a conversation with Charles Dickens himself, Edgar Allan Poe, or Lewis Carroll; meet Oliver Twist, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Tiny Tim, or Ebenezer Scrooge!

Our seven stages offer entertainments from the family-friendly to decidedly daring: proper ladies and gentlemen may enjoy an opera gala, children’s shows, melodramas, music and dance. Those more raffish may carouse with Can-Can dancers and salty sailors, or join in a bawdy chorus at the infamous Broadside Music Hall Revue.

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Great Gifts &
Tempting Treats!

In search of the perfect holiday gift? Explore a wonderland of one-of-a-kind artisan treasures. Over 100 beautiful shops offer fine crafts, clothing and accessories, ceramics & glass, dazzling jewelry, toys, antiquarian books, and more.

Activities & diversions abound! Try your hand at games of skill and chance, or your feet at Fezziwig’s Dance Party. Have your hair braided, your fortune told, or your portrait drawn. A Children’s Painting Garden and Fairy House Activity Area offer engaging pasttimes for little ones.

When hunger strikes, a satisfying repast is always nearby! Refresh yourself with a feast of roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, goose or quail, fish & chips, duck a l’orange, savory meat pies, High Tea with scones, hot roasted chestnuts, and more!

What better occasion to raise a toast? ~ a pint of stout or ale, champagne, hot chocolate, spiced mead, hot buttered rum, Turkish coffee, and more! Sodas and other cold drinks are also offered.

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A Dazzling Theatrical Extravaganza!

The world-renowned Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party is the only event of its kind. We recreate the merriest moments in Victorian London for you to enjoy for hours on end, even over multiple days or weekends. A treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Fair is an incomparable holiday original that generations of families embrace as their own holiday tradition. We think you will agree it's a perfectly, delightfully, splendid way to celebrate the Season!

Join us for five weekends
from 10am to 7pm
(including the Friday after Thanksgiving!)
Nov. 18 ~ Dec. 17, 2017


When high on the walls
You have twined the green holly
Let music resound
And let all be most jolly


Jolly Good Fun

  • Rollicking entertainments on seven stages and throughout the streets of Charles Dickens’ London! The “V&A” music hall presents a lively Christmas Pantomime for all ages, while Old Father Christmas holds court daily at the Father Christmas Stage. Children’s fare abounds with the Toy Parade, storytelling, Punch & Judy, and Tea with Alice & Friends.
  • Kick up your feet at Fezziwig’s Warehouse with reels, jigs and waltzes! When the musicians pause, join in a lively round of "Wink" or other Victorian parlour games. At the Silk Road Stage, rub shoulders with all classes in English country dances, polkas and waltzes, then sing along to rowdy Music Hall favorites at Mad Sal’s Dockside Ale House!
  • Meet Scrooge in the streets of the Fair and see Dickens' magical holiday story come to life! Behold the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the Three Christmas Spirits, and Bob Cratchit and family as they help the old miser learn the true spirit of the season. At the Dickens Family Parlour, visit with Mr. Dickens’ family, his characters, and even the author himself!
  • Seeking more raffish entertain-ments? Uptown at the V&A the “Saucy French Postcards” revue returns by popular demand; and dockside at Mad Sal’s, the girls of Can Can Bijou kick up their heels! At Dark Garden, exquisite corsets are scandalously displayed on lifelike mannequins. Did that rich bosom heave a sigh? ...Did that one wink? Oh, my!


Tickets Now On Sale! Early Bird Sale runs through Oct. 15 ~ Order now and Save!

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