The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party
2021 Season Pending Weekends Nov. 20 - Dec. 19 at the Cow Palace
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party

Banner-Vendors and Performers

Interested in working at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair?

There are a number of ways you can be involved in the Fair. You can work in a catering booth, a craft booth, a games booth, in event operations, or as a performer.

If you are interested in working in a booth:

Speak to Booth Owners: At the Cow Palace (Lower Exhibition Halls) on November 7, 8, 13, and 14, you can walk around and speak directly to the shop owners and tell them you are interested in applying for a job.

Check the Job Board at the Cow Palace (Lower Exhibition Halls) in the Green Room/Production Bay for any "Help Wanted" notices after November 7, 2021.

If you choose to begin your journey with us as a volunteer (a terrific way to see what the Fair is like), click the link below:

If you want to work as Event Operations in Security, Parking, or Maintenance, please email:

[email protected]

If you have a special skill in Production - Carpentry, Design, Plumbing, Electrics, or general Production assistance -  please email:

production.redb[email protected]

Below are additional considerations for booth workers:

Costume Approval is mandatory for all booth workers. To get started on your costume, we suggest you peruse our extensive Participant Costume Guidelines.

Attend Workshops: If you want to work in one of the many shops inside the Fair, we highly recommend you first attend the pre-fair workshops to pick up basic skills in Victorian-era language, meeting & greeting in character, and to get costuming ideas. These classes are presented by the non-profit Living History Centre. 2021 Workshops will be held at Oceana High School in Pacifica on October 30, 31, November 7, 8, and at the Cow Palace (Lower Exhibition Halls) on November 13, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information, please see the Performing at the Fair page.

Entry into the event:

Once you have been hired by a department or a booth owner, you will register to work at the event and will be guided through the process of receiving a photo ID for entry into the event.