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

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(Program subject to change; check the menu boards posted outside each theatre for that day’s schedule. ASL interpreter available for some shows as indicated below.)  |  Stage Schedules PDF Download (6 MB)

Stage Schedules are also included in the free Event Program offered upon entry at the Front Gate to the Dickens Fair.

In the Streets of London

Watch for Mr. Dickens & characters from his novels throughout London ~ scenes from “A Christmas Carol” and other books may emerge at any time!

Characters You Will Meet:

A panoply of characters from the imagination of Mr. Charles Dickens come to life in our Victorian London ~ Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit & Tiny Tim; David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickelby and his Family; Oliver Twist & Nancy, mingling with chimney sweeps, musicians, carolers, music hall performers, saucy sailors and more. Over 800 costumed players create living history all around you ~ and you are heartily welcome to join in!

Parades:

10:45 ~ Toy Parade to Father Christmas Stage
12:50 ~ Father Christmas Parade to Father Christmas Stage
3:00  ~  Her Majesty Queen Victoria Visits London (see Paddy West, Pennygaff Stage & Fezziwig's schedules)
5:50  ~  Boar’s Head Procession to Fezziwig’s

Fezziwig's Dance Party

9:45 ~ Opening Tableaux
10:00 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band
10:40 ~ Mister Scrooge in his Office (A Christmas Carol)
11:00 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band
11:45 ~ Siamsa Scottish & Irish Dance Show
12:15 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band
1:00 ~ Special Performance by Visiting Groups
1:30 ~ Special Performance by Visiting Groups
2:00 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band
2:40 ~ Scrooge & Belle (A Christmas Carol) / Parlour Entertainments
3:00 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band
3:45 ~ Siamsa Scottish & Irish Dance Show
4:15 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band (including a visit from Her Majesty Queen Victoria)
5:00 ~ Parlour Entertainments & Games
5:20 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band
6:00 ~ Parlour Entertainments & Games
6:20 ~ Dancing to Bangers & Mash Band
7:00 ~ Sing-A-Long Hallelujah Chorus

Victoria & Albert Bijou Music Hall

10:30 ~ Pantomime & Harlequinade: “Baron Munchausen & Fairy Mopsa Save Fairyland”
11:15 ~ Sherlock Holmes & the Giant Rat of Sumatra (ASL interpreted)
12:00 ~ Her Majesty’s Royal Opera presents Songs from Operetta
12:30 ~ Music Hall Singers
12:45 ~ Gilbert & Sullivan's "Trial By Jury"
1:45 ~ Pantomime & Harlequinade: “Baron Munchausen & Fairy Mopsa Save Fairyland”
2:30 ~ Her Majesty’s Royal Opera presents Grand Opera Classics
3:15 ~ Sherlock Holmes & the Giant Rat of Sumatra
4:00 ~ Music Hall Singers
4:15 ~ Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial By Jury”
5:30 ~ Saucy French Postcards Tableaux Revue (age 18 & over) with intro by Ballet Russe
6:15 ~ Saucy French Postcards Tableaux Revue (age 18 & over) with intro by Ballet Russe

Paddy West Stage at the London Docks

11:00 ~ Paddy West Nautical Music & Songs
12:00 ~ Dangerous Puppets (at their booth)
12:30 ~ Sing-A-Long Shanty Session
1:30 ~ Dangerous Puppets (at their booth)
2:30 ~ Coventry Carolers (Her Majesty Queen Victoria visits at 3:00)
3:30 ~ Congress of Wonders & Atrocities
4:00 ~ Paddy West Nautical Music & Songs
4:30 ~ Dangerous Puppets (at their booth)
4:45 ~ Coventry Carolers
6:15 ~ Paddy West Closing Songs
Entertainment throughout the day: Yet more music and seafaring songs; Navigation Lessons with Model Ships; Knot Tying, Games & Sailing Skills; Traveling Tattoo Parlour

Father Christmas Stage

11:00 ~ Arrival of the Toy Parade; Mother Goose
11:30 ~ The Bold Tailor
12:00 ~ Mad Hatter's Tea Party
12:30 ~ Punch & Judy
1:00 ~ Father Christmas
2:00 ~ Charles Dickens' Haunted House
2:30 ~ Wonderland Story Time
3:00 ~ Punch & Judy
3:30 ~ The Bold Tailor
4:00 ~ Wonderland Story Time
4:30 ~ Punch & Judy
5:00 ~ Rats in the Haggis

Professor Flockmocker's Laboratory

Meet Prof. Phineas J. Flockmocker III and his brilliant associates, who will confound you with his curious inventions, dubious facts, and disregard for conventional science. Home to crackpot Victorian inventors ...and Steam Man!

Pennygaff Stage

10:15 ~ Christmas at Dingley Dell (Pickwick Papers)
10:30 ~ Trickish Matters with Jeremiah Johnston
11:00 ~ The Adventures of Jim Chiminey
11:30 ~ Mister Scrooge in his Office, concluding with a visit by The Ghost of Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carol)
12:00 ~ The Death-Defying Sword Swallowing of the Amazing Cyrus Pyn
12:30 ~ Trickish Matters with Jeremiah Johnston
1:00 ~ Scrooge is Visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol) (ASL interpreted)
1:15 ~ The Death-Defying Sword Swallowing of the Amazing Cyrus Pyn
1:45 ~ The Adventures of Jim Chiminey
2:15 ~ Scrooge is Visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present: Nephew Fred's Christmas Party (A Christmas Carol) (ASL interpreted)
2:30 ~ The Cratchit Family Christmas Dinner & Another Christmas (A Christmas Carol)
2:45 ~ Trickish Matters with Jeremiah Johnston
3:15 ~ His Royal Highness Prince Albert presents the Tannenbaum to Her Majesty Queen Victoria (ASL interpreted)
3:30 ~ Scrooge is Visited by the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come (A Christmas Carol) (ASL interpreted)
4:00 ~ The Adventures of Jim Chiminey
4:30 ~ Scrooge is Redeemed! (A Christmas Carol) (ASL interpreted)
4:45 ~ The Death-Defying Sword Swallowing of the Amazing Cyrus Pyn
5:15 ~ Boxing Day in the Office with Mr. Scrooge & Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol)

The Adventurers Club

Where renowned Victorian minds gather to honor the Crown & share their adventures. Meet luminaries Benjamin Disraeli, Lewis Carroll, Ada Lovelace, Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and many more. For more details on each presentation, and special happenings offered each day, please see Our Open House Schedule.

10:00 ~ Welcome to the Adventurers Club: Meet our members and participate in lively discussion!
10:30 ~ Upstairs & Downstairs: Learn the British way to serve tea, set a table, or practice letters; all ages are welcome!
11:30 ~ Explorations in Science: H.G. Wells discourses on early civilisations, sea monsters and science.
12:00 ~ Military Demonstrations: Engaging discussions of military tactics & the latest weaponry, brought to life with detailed scale models.
12:45 ~ Writers’ Presentations: Oscar Wilde & others share the finest poetry & prose of our age.
1:15 ~ Tell-Tale Theatre: Relish the dark tales of the master of the macabre, author Edgar Allan Poe, as he and other literary luminaries present a chilling Christmas tradition.
2:00 ~ Pre-Raphaelite Artists Salon: Sketch live models from romanticized medieval and classical themes. Pencils and pads provided; all ages are welcome!
3:00 (Saturdays) ~ London's Best Dressed: Join Lady Franklin as she holds a contest to name "London's Most Fashionable Lady and Gentleman."
3:00 (Sundays) ~ Oddities & Curiosities: A quirky collection of wildlife, quixotic inventions, mysterious antiquities and much more. Prepare to be amazed!
4:00 ~ Discourse with Dignitaries: Famous Victorians tell their stories in the form of intimate interviews.
4:30 ~ Christmas Salon: An engaging and entertaining Christmas Salon of ghost stories, conjurers, fairy tales, songs and games!
5:30 ~ Christmas Carols: Join us as the finest voices in London celebrate the Season!
6:15 ~ Formal Toasting: An extravagantly witty, traditional Officers’ Mess toasting ceremony, with an opportunity to propose your own toast!

Prince Albert's Crystal Palace Great Exhibition

View a model of Prince Albert’s Crystal Palace, and interact with innovative thinkers of the day including scientists, paleontologists, industrialists, inventors, engineers & artists. Demonstrations & participatory experiences occur throughout the day. Young artists & scientists encouraged to attend!

10:00 ~ Steam Engine Demonstration and Egyptian Artifacts
11:30 ~ Advancements in Science & Society: Stained glass,Victorian paper ornaments, and weather prediction devices
1:00 ~ Fossils & Dinosaurs: Discoveries in biology, geology and paleontology
2:00 ~ First International Chess Tournament
3:00 ~ Royal Academy of Art & Fashion
4:00 ~ Inventors & Engineers: Engineering design, electro-magnetism, mathematics, and telegraph machines
5:00 ~ Medical Advancements
6:00 ~ Industry, Ships, & Military including wet plate photography

Silk Road Stage

Enjoy music and dance from around the world!

11:00 ~ Special Performance by Visiting Groups (on certain days)
11:30 ~ Mr. Brown’s Mummers
12:00 ~ The Crown & Anchor Dancers (English Country Dance)
12:30 ~ Special Performance by Visiting Groups
1:00 ~ Silk Road Ceilidh (Traditional Irish Dance)
1:30 ~ The Crown & Anchor Dancers (English Country Dance)
2:00 ~ Waltzes & Polkas with the Bruno Band
2:30 ~ Mr. Brown’s Mummers
3:00 ~ Special Performance by Visiting Groups
3:30 ~ The Crown & Anchor Dancers (English Country Dance)
4:00 ~ Waltzes & Polkas with the Bruno Band
4:30 ~ Silk Road Ceilidh (Traditional Irish Dance)
5:00 ~ Mr. Dickens reads the conclusion of "A Christmas Carol" in the Dickens Family Parlour
5:30 ~ Special Performance International Dance (on certain days)

Tavistock House: The Dickens Family Parlour

Here is where you may visit with the Dickens family, characters from Mr. Dickens' novels, visiting performers, and enjoy occasional readings from the illustrious author himself at posted times. Partake of festive parlour games, Christmas carols and sing-a-longs, and observe a working Victorian kitchen. Even Mr. Scrooge comes by to pay his respects during the holiday season!

Mad Sal's Dockside Ale House

(Shockingly Scandalous, NOT Recommended for Children)

10:45 ~ Special Performance Dance by Visiting Groups (on certain Saturdays); Reverend Palmer’s Cockney Christmas Service (on Sundays)
11:30 ~ Pipe & Bowl Morris Dancers
12:10 ~ The Gin Alley Sallys
12:45 ~ Mad Sal’s Dockside Music Hall (featuring Le Cancan Bijou)
1:35 ~ Brass Farthing
2:10 ~ Paddy West
2:45 ~ Pipe & Bowl Morris Dancers
3:25 ~ Mad Sal’s Dockside Music Hall (featuring Le Cancan Bijou)
4:15 ~ The Gin Alley Sallys
4:50 ~ Paddy West
5:25 ~ Brass Farthing
6:00 ~ The East End After Hours 'oliday Hextravaganza! (featuring Le Cancan Bijou) (ASL interpreted)

Green Man Inn

Please see posted schedule.

London locals including the Pickwick Club can be found quaffing fine brews and holding forth with harmonious songs of the day. The illustrious Mr. Charles Dickens reads captivating passages from his books at posted times and even Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, stops by for tea.