The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party - 37th Season
Nov 23-Dec 22, 2019, 10am-7pm Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, San Francisco
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party - 37th Season


Adorn Thy Hair

Artist In Residence

Adorn Thy Hair aka Madame Louise's School for Lady's Maids (Lynn Combs) Manager, Miss Brenda
French braids and romantic one-of-a-kind updos that transform your visit to the Fair. For both long and not-so-very-long hair, our talented hair braiders can produce a masterpiece for any occasion. From weddings and proms to a blind date or a day at the Dickens Fair,  braids are appropriate for any event. Adorn Thy Hair offers a unique alternative to hairdryers and curlers - unlike modern styling practices, our braiding magic makes use of the natural beauty of your hair.


Central London Telegraph Co.

Central London Telegraph Co. (Karen Porter) Send a hand-written telegram or holiday greeting to friends and family inside the fair, from yourself or from Father Christmas. Also love notes; even marriage proposals! Include a small personal favor for that extra touch.



The Marvelous Candy Machine

The Marvelous Candy Machine (Patrick Morris) Once again The Marvelous Candy Machine tempts patrons to set it in motion by throwing darts and popping a balloon.

A generation of London's finest citizens has been trying. Will you be the one to set it off this year?


Portraits by Louis Nuyens

Portraits (Louis Nuyens) Pose for a portrait by the master himself to create a timeless memento.

Artist In Residence





Cat N' Bull Dart Parlour

Cat N’ Bull Dart Parlour (Patterson) Traditions abound at the Can n’ Bull! Rent a lane and ‘ave a game with a friend or two. Play classics like 301, 501 or Cricket. Darts provided; lane rental fees vary. Bring a pint of your favorite beverage from Mad Sal's or some Tea from Mr. Brown’s across the way, and try your hand! No children under 12 please.


Paint Roses Red

Paint the Roses Red (Patterson) Grab a paint brush and come help us paint the roses red before the Queen arrives in this charming game of flipping the roses from white to red!


Boot the Cat

Boot the Cat (Michael Patterson) Wield an old boot against that pesky alley cat on the back fence and win!


Flip A Sweep

Flip a Sweep (Al Bertini) Up and at 'em! Flip the chimney sweep dolls toward the townhouse chimney tops - if they land inside, you win a prize!


Mama Mambo's Tarot

Mama Mambo's Tarot (Katie Heflin) Katie "Mambo" is a gifted psychic reader, spiritual healer and compassionate counselor who has dedicated over 40 years to helping her clients in all areas of their lives. A reading with "Mambo" is an enlightening and uplifting experience that will enhance your life.


Corinthian Rose Sporting Club

Corinthian Rose Sporting Club (Greg Pursley) Come and join the members of the Corinthian Rose Sporting Club as they open their doors to teach the noble art of Fencing. Beginners to advance students, children to seniors are all welcome!


The Adventure Carousel

The Adventure Carousel (Michael Patterson) Pick your favorite safari animal for an adventurous ride on this hand-made, hand-powered children's carousel!


Children's Painting Garden

Children's Painting Garden (Rebecca Love) A veritable storybook of handmade, collectible ceramic shapes created to paint upon. A delightful ornament for your tree or to give as a gift - and an activity for both the young and the young at heart!

Artist In Residence


Fairy House Activity Area


Artist In Residence Fairy House Activity Area, brought to you by Claudia Swanson, proprietress of Whispers from the Past. A beautiful, hands-on craft area  for you to enjoy creating your very own Fairy House to take home or gift to a very special person on your holiday list.

The London Printer

The London Printer (Sharon Sullivan) Come by and see how printing was done in the mid to late 1800s. Featuring an authentic 1860s printing press!

Photo by Raymond Van Tassel


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