The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party - 20th Year At the Cow Palace

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Happy Holidays! Welcome to the London of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria, where one will find amazing amusements and amusing amazements at every turn!

Begin your tour just inside the front entrance ~ learn to dance or play a parlour game at Mr. & Mrs. Fezziwig’s Holiday Party! As you enter the GRAND CONCOURSE look for the beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. Opposite the tree you will find the famed London Telegraph Office; here you can send a telegram to anyone in all of London. Step into the Patterson & Sons Souvenir Shop and meet our Silhouette Artist, who can cut your likeness out of paper in less than 5 minutes. Continue beneath the avenue of British Flags and stop by Mrs. Piper’s Photo Parlour to pose for a portrait of family and friends. Dress in Victorian clothing!

Passing through GRENADIERS GATE, discover the dark and notorious LONDON DOCKS where you will find the Paddy West School of Seamanship. Try your hand at knot making, be hoisted up into the rigging by a helpful sailor, and enjoy the lively shows on the Paddy West Stage.

Continue your wander past the Docks and into MAIDEN LANE and ALE HOUSE ALLEY where jewelry sparkles, exotic scents fill your nose, and hats and all manner of clothing abound. Do not miss Professor Flockmocker’s Laboratory of mechanical wonders, to see if he has finally perfected his flying machine!
 
Alicelongneck-dfwebThrough the doorway and into GOLDEN SQUARE, Mr. Dickens’ neighborhood down NICKELBY ROAD is an auspicious place indeed. Hurry down the lane to Nana’s Nursery or Velvet Bedlam for beautifully crafted children’s clothing, and once in PETTICOAT LANE, delight in hand-made chocolates at the Bramosia Chocolate Cart, or have your hair braided at Adorn Thy Hair.

Through the doorway straight ahead, continue on into the LONDON DOCKS and turn right. Here you will find the lovable Chimney Sweeps teaching climbing boys to sweep a chimney. You may even meet Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger in Fagin’s Den. Nearby, the Peeler’s Clink Jail will hold you or any thieves caught by Her Majesty’s Royal Constabulary ~ get locked in and take a photo.

Push on! Your tour is nearing a land of wonder and delight! Turn left Into TINSLEY GREEN, where Father Christmas makes his appearance and poses for pictures on the Father Christmas Stage at 1:00 daily. Don’t miss the Punch & Judy Puppet Theatre. Enjoy a delicious meal at Mr. Punch’s Pasta or Heritage Meat Pies as you take in a show. Create a holiday gift by painting your own ceramic ornament at The Painting Garden! Here you will also find fun with the Boot the Cat game, flip a chimney sweep into a chimney at Flip a Sweep, then pick up a paint brush and help Paint the Roses Red. See the spectacular Adventure Carousel and take a ride on your favorite animal. Next door to the carousel is a Fairy House Workshop where you can make and take home your own fairy houses! Don’t miss freshly baked warm cookies at Maclaren’s Cookies & Milk or a visit to B & P Confectionary & Toy Shoppe.
 
Nearing your final destinations! Jog your merry way into JINGLES GATE, where you will find more eateries. Don’t miss the whimsical Pantomime & Harlequinade: Baron Munchausen and Fairy Mopsa Save Fairyland at the Victoria & Albert Bijou Music Hall ~ enjoy a box of freshly-popped popcorn, and take any seat!
 
You are once again near the entrance to the city, but you’ll probably want to retrace your steps to visit whatever you missed on the first go’round!

Happy Christmas!