The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party - 35th Season

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What: The 2017 Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party
Dates:

Five Weekends including the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 18 ~ December 17, 2017

*Opens the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Times: 10:00 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
Box Office Ticket Prices: Ticket prices range from $14 to $30 for children and adults. Season passes also available. Please check back for 2017 promotions, and be sure you are on our mailing list for early notification!
Parking: $12.00 (charged by the Cow Palace)
Discounts: Flyers or postcards will be available to all merchants for distribution to their clientele.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair ~ the Bay Area favorite ~ returns, for its 35th Season! The fair is a theatrical re-creation of nineteenth century London with all the color, charm, and merriment of Christmas during the time of Charles Dickens. The air is filled with enticing aromas of festive foods and the sounds of street vendors hawking their wares. The streets are filled with characters from Dickens' A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, and Nikolas Nickelby, not to mention Mr. Dickens himself! First-time vendors should be aware that this is a highly themed street fair, designed to create a total immersion environment. All booth workers need to help us maintain the public's illusion by staying in costume and learning a bit of English cockney. The magic of the Dickens Fair, and what sets it apart, is the detailed theatrical setting we create together and the sense of ensemble and Christmas spirit put forth by all participants.

All Merchants Must:

  • Fill out the appropriate application completely and return postmarked by the 2017 deadline (May 15) for new merchants and returning merchants. Please see the How to Apply page.
  • Design and build a booth typical of the period or wander as a peddler with an appropriate cart. See the Booth Building Guidelines.
  • Wear approved Victorian costuming. This is required of all merchants and their employees. Please see the Costume Guidelines.
  • Attend stake-out or send a qualified representative
  • Pay all fees in a timely manner (see application for dates)
  • Provide insurance for the event (see application for verbiage for your agent)
  • Provide a current Resale Number
  • Purchase their own parking pass
  • Provide a fire extinguisher

Please see application for other requirements.

How to Reach Us:

Address: Red Barn Productions
PO Box 1768 Novato CA 94948
Phone: (800) 510-1558
Fax: (415) 532-1888
Email: [email protected]