The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party

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In lieu of gathering in person in 2020, we invited you to enjoy the simple pleasures of "Dickens Fair at Home" as our holiday gift to you. It was a huge success - see the Applause page for a few of the heartfelt thank-you notes we received! The program is now concluded, but for your continued enjoyment, the below sampling will remain available throughout the year. We hope to be able to gather in person for the 2021 Season, and will continue to evolve Dickens Fair at Home each and every year!

Do remember the artists! With the cancellation of live events, many in our handcraft community have shifted to online sales. Please visit them year-round and shop online for hand crafted gifts to delight family and friends...for birthday, self-care, and special occasions throughout the year.

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The Grand Concourse

Reminisce about the holiday season with this selection of Dickensian Delights...

"A Christmas Carol," Part One - a Reading by Charles Dickens

Over the course of our five weekends and on Christmas Eve, Mr. Dickens has agreed to read his tale in its entirety! As was the custom of the day, his oration will be serialized. Gather 'round on this, our first weekend's installment.

The Coventry Carolers sing "Carol of the Bells"

Led by maestro Bob Crabb, the Coventry Carolers invite you into the holiday season with a lovely rendition of this English classic.

Cinnamon Almonds Recipe

Recreate this Dickens Fair favorite - crunchy, sweet, and fragrant Cinnamon Almonds.

A gift of Zoom backgrounds to use and share!

Enliven your video gatherings with a virtual background from within the Great Dickens Christmas Fair.

Petticoat Lane

Peek behind the scenes, and discover timeless crafts…

"Building the Great Dickens Christmas Fair"

Join us as we draw back the curtain for an insider's look at how we build our Londontown each year.

Grace Morgan of Dancing Flame Candles Demonstrates "Candle Dipping & Carving"

See how multicolored, multilayered carved candles are made.

A History of Wheat Weaving

Fifth generation Welsh Wheat-Weaver and Fair artist for many years, Morgyn Owens-Celli shares some lore about this ancient, traditional art form.

 

Tinsley Green

Holiday wonders for the wee ones, and all those still children at heart...

Bramble Jam Tales - Holly and Ivy

On long winter nights or early crisp mornings, share wee little tales for wee little friends.

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

A perennial favorite, the crackled cinnamon-sugar topping makes these a perfect accompaniment to a cuppa!

Nana's Nursery - Victorian Toys

Kaleidoscopes, Thaumatropes, and Phenakistoscopes, oh my!

 

Mad Sals Dockside Alehouse

Enjoy salty and sassy fun from the ‘lower side' of London…

Mad Sal's Dockside Music Hall 'Oliday Hextravaganza!

Clap, stomp and sing along with salacious Sal and her mates in this full-length show.

The Seadogs of Paddy West School of Seamanship Sing "Haul, Boys, Haul"

Tap your toes and drop your aitches as these salty sailors sing a tantalizing tale of life on the High Seas!

Edgar Allen Poe Reluctantly Performs The Zucchini Song

Lighter and lascivious fare from our much put-upon gloomy resident poet.

 

Cratchits Yard

Cut out and assemble a Dickens Fair diorama, and laugh at the antics of Jim Chiminey!

Make Your Own Dickens Fair Diorama

Created by artist extraordinaire Don Carson, this whimsical three-dimensional diorama of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a special gift for you to print, cut out, and assemble at home.

Jim Chiminey and the Pick Pocket

What will happen when a pick-pocket attempts quick-fingered shenanigans with Jim? Watch and see...

"Why We Do This"

Explore behind the scenes at the Dickens Fair through the heartfelt stories of artists, actors and staff who breathe life into the world we create together!

The 1973 Dickens Christmas Fair: A Sound Journey

Visit the bustling streets and lively stages of the Dickens Christmas Fair circa 1973 with this audiovisual montage.

Fezziwigs Warehouse

Recall the legendary hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig’s holiday party!

Father Christmas Reads Children's Wishes and "The Night Before Christmas"

Sitting at home by a crackling fire, the old elf reads the classic poem, as well as a few choice letters...

The Hallejujah Chorus with the Fezziwig's Family

Join in good company and sing along with the Fezziwigs family and friends in this rousing and uplifting holiday classic!

Victorian Parlour Games to play

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair all started with a holiday party... learn how to play these classic Victorian games in your own parlour!

Mr. Dickens' Farewell

Mr. Dickens thanks you for joining us to celebrate Dickens Fair at Home.
 

  Do join us again, won't you?
We hope to see you in person in 2021!

 From our parlour to yours, with warmest compliments of the Season!

Many thanks to you and to all those who love (and miss) the Great Dickens Christmas Fair! We have received many words of appreciation for creating Dickens Fair at Home as a way to both enjoy a bit of holiday fun, and celebrate our shared love of the Fair and the Season! We are gratified by the warm response as well as your support of our artist community, and we look forward to gathering again in person in 2021! It you wish to make a donation to our Covid relief fund, click here
We also wish to acknowledge the Dickens Fair at Home Creative Team who conceived, created and coordinated this inspired and inspiring holiday gift!
If you wish to thank them directly and perhaps share how Dickens Fair at Home has helped bring the warmth of holiday spirit into your home this season, you can reach us via [email protected]
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