The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party
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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party


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Dickens Fair At Home Offers Fans Of Beloved Cow Palace Event a True Gift for The Holidays!

SAN FRANCISCO, November 12, 2020 ~ Red Barn Productions is pleased to announce Dickens Fair at Home, a free online experience that brings home the magic of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party - a beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Like most other in-person events in 2020, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair was forced to cancel its 2020 season. But beginning Saturday, November 21 and on each of the five weekends through December 20 plus Christmas Eve, fans of the Dickens Fair will be able to visit a new section of the Dickens Fair website and be treated to a variety of holiday experiences. Each weekend brings different delights. Guests will have free access to videos from Fair favorites like Charles Dickens reading A Christmas Carol, traditional Victorian songs from the Coventry Carolers (with downloadable sheet music), Punch & Judy puppet shows and so much more. Other treats include downloadable recipes for cinnamon roasted almonds, brandied eggnog, and roasted chestnuts. Famous for its handcrafted artisan gifts, visitors can also purchase special gifts online from their favorite Fair merchants (available now - order early!).

Dickens Fair at Home will culminate on Christmas Eve, December 24 with “The Hallelujah Chorus” sing-along with the Fezziwig Family, a full reading of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, and Father Christmas reading and responding to children’s holiday wishes. For a full list of each weekend’s offerings, please visit:

“Although we will miss gathering in person, we intend to bring the heart of Dickens into everyone’s homes this winter,” said co-producer Kevin Patterson. “We used this forced hiatus to create a gift for our fans, and have come together with our performers, designers, and craftspeople to present ‘Dickens Fair at Home’ to bring a bit of Victorian London and the warmth of human kindness into our homes this winter. Even with the necessary State restrictions, Christmas is not cancelled!”

“Our community of artists have lost all their shows this year, but many have continued to create their fantastic works of art during this time off with the hope of selling online. When you buy direct from the artists, you help them survive until live shows return and you get something of true quality,” says Fair co-producer and vendor manager Leslie Patterson. “By giving hand-crafted gifts, everyone wins.”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair was originally conceived and created by Ron and Phyllis Patterson in 1970, inspired by their successful Renaissance Pleasure Faire (the first Renaissance Faire in America), which they brought to the San Francisco Bay Area during the Summer of Love in 1967. Their son Kevin Patterson, along with his co-producers, wife Leslie Patterson and eldest son, Andrew Patterson, have helmed the Dickens Fair since 2000; along with son Michael and Punch & Judy Puppetmaster brother Brian Patterson, they will continue a 50-year family tradition of presenting deeply immersive, historically authentic environmental theater!


WHAT: Dickens Fair at Home - A free, online experience that brings home the magic of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party
Opens Saturday, November 21 and runs online Saturdays and Sundays through December 20, 2020, plus Christmas Eve, December 24
WHERE: Online only at


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