Applications for the 2018 Dickens Fair are no longer being accepted. Thank you for your interest.
Please note that you must have previously attended the Fair in order to be eligible for consideration as a vendor. Please email [email protected] for further information.
for Returning Merchants:
All acceptances have been sent out for the 2018 Great Dickens Christmas Fair™ - our 19th annual at the Cow Palace, and our 36th Season! For your reference, we have kept the PDF version of the Returning Merchant Application available online for you:
for New Merchants:
Applications for the 2018 event are no longer being accepted. If you are interested in applying for the 2019 event, please read the information below.
We do not keep lists of interested parties.
Applications are available online each year in April and they are due back by May 15th.
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 Nicholas 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.
Before You Apply:
- Make sure you have previously attended the event.
- Read thru the application once it is available in April, for rules and regulations: New Merchant Application page
- Study the photo galleries available on our website for ideas and scope of the project: http://www.dickensfair.com/galleries
- Make sure your product is in keeping with the handmade Victorian ideal: http://www.dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers/vendorinfo
- Review the costume guidelines: http://www.dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers/costumeguide
- Review the suggested language guidelines: http://www.dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers/languageguide
- Review the booth building guidelines: http://www.dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers/vendorinfo/boothguide1
It is important to understand that we are looking for unique HANDMADE products and prefer one product/one booth style submissions. Booths range in size from 10 x 10 to over 16 x 20. Carts are aprox. 4 x 8.
The time commitment for anyone participating as a merchant will be from early November through early January. The actual time commitment depends on your personal build and removal from the site. The actual dates of the event varies and will be on the application.
Thank you for your interest.