As you explore the Fair, watch for Mr. Dickens & characters from his novels throughout London ~ scenes from “A Christmas Carol” and other books may materialize at any time!
Mr. & Mrs. Fezziwig invite you to their holiday party at FEZZIWIG'S WAREHOUSE! Come join the dance as the musical group Greenwich Mean Time provides lively ballroom dance music and learn reels, jigs, polkas and waltzes. You might even see young Ebenezer Scrooge and his sweetheart Belle.
The grand VICTORIA & ALBERT BIJOU MUSIC HALL offers visitors a wealth of entertainments. Attend a new comic opera from the brilliant, young satiric composers Gilbert and Sullivan, the Stark Ravens Players' riotous hijinks of a proper Pantomime, or follow Sherlock Holmes as he encounters The Giant Rat of Sumatra.
At the FATHER CHRISTMAS STAGE in Tinsley Green, you'll find the PICCOLO PUPPET PLAYERS, where children will delight at the illuminating antics of Mr. Punch and his mischievous friends. Family fare continues as children are chosen to participate in the Stark Ravens’ Bold Tailor, and Father Christmas himself magically appears! Join him for a holiday photo memento.
You may also behold thrilling jugglery, exuberant antics, and other merry matters of supreme importance with the Trickish Matters of Jeremiah Johnston - and marvel at the buffoonery of London's most hilariously silly chimney sweep in The Adventures of Jim Chiminey!
Visit the London Docks, Thameside home to the PADDY WEST SCHOOL OF SEAMANSHIP and other nautical riffraff, as well as the Congress of Wonders & Atrocities - possibly the worst sideshow in all of London. Watch as the Coventry Carolers bring holiday cheer to the scurrilous denizens of Fagin’s Den, see the sooty shenanigans of The Miracle Sweeps' Climbing Boy Academie, and be sure to pay a wily visit to the London Constabulary at the Gaol - look sharp that you don't "get your collar felt" (locked up)!
Around the corner from Paddy West, you can visit FLOCKMOCKER'S WORKSHOP, where Prof. Phineas J. Flockmocker III and his brilliant associates will confound you with his curious inventions, dubious facts, and total disregard for conventional science. You might even see Steam Man!
Continuing to Cratchit's Yard, stop for a pint and enjoy the lively music at the Mermaid Tavern, home to the TAVERN STAGE.
In the hustle and bustle of CHANCERY LANE see scenes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol come to life. Witness the Ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come, as they and the Cratchit Family help old miser Ebenezer Scrooge learn the true spirit of the season!
Over on Nickelby Road you might pay a call at TAVISTOCK HOUSE and visit with Mr. Dickens and his colorful characters. 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 printing press next door. Even Mr. Scrooge comes by to pay his respects during the holiday season!
Down by the Thames in Ale House Alley, sounds of raucous merriment draw the venturesome soul to MAD SAL'S DOCKSIDE ALE HOUSE, where Pipe & Bowl Morris perform lusty traditional dances celebrating beer, flirting, and the pleasures of country life. And don't miss Mad Sal’s Dockside Music Hall, hosted by Mad Sal herself, and including our brassy bevy of high-kicking beauties from across the Channel, the wicked Le Cancan Bijou. At the end of the day, they invite you to join them at The East End After Hours 'oliday Hextravaganza!
CHARACTERS IN THE STREETS WHO YOU MAY MEET: A panoply of characters from the imagination of Mr. Dickens come to life in our Victorian London ~ Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that haunt him, Bob Cratchit & Tiny Tim, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby and his Family, Oliver Twist & Nancy, mingling with chimney sweeps, musicians, carolers, music hall performers, saucy sailors and more. Over 500 characters and historical personages create living history all around you. Join us!