Scenes from the Southern Utah Dickens Christmas Festival, St. George, Utah, date not given | Photo courtesy of the Dickens Christmas Festival, St. George News
CONTRIBUTED CONTENT – Travel back in time and meet Santa Claus, Scrooge and other magical characters of the Christmas season when the Dickens Christmas Festival returns to southern Utah and celebrates 20 years of unique Christmas entertainment.
Every year the Dickens Christmas party signals the start of the festive season with Victorian theater and a Christmas market with handcrafted goods and delicious seasonal sweets. Festival Director Brittany Dell said the event features high quality merchandise, unique treasures, and could be the perfect place to find special gifts for the people you love.
“Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy some quality time with family and friends,” said Dell.
After another successful season in Salt Lake City, the event returns to St. George to delight young and old with the timeless Christmas spirit. The festival will take place December 1st through 4th at the Dixie Convention Center. The exhibitions are open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entry is $ 8 per child, $ 9 per senior, and $ 10 per adult. Tickets are available for buy online or at the door for $ 10 each.
The sights and sounds of 19th century London come alive at the Dickens Christmas Festival. Dell said the festival is not just another craft fair, but rather a distinctive and exquisitely designed entertainment and shopping location. Old English shops, hundreds of period costumes, fortune tellers, orphans, kings and Santa Claus offer guests an unparalleled vacation experience.
The festival thoughtfully recreates the winding streets and winding alleys of Charles Dickens’ London, where so many of American holiday traditions originated. Guests will be entertained from the moment they walk into Olde London until they leave, Dell said. All day long, miniature productions of the musicals based on Dickens’ novels, as well as puppet shows, street theater, and more are performed.
Dickens Christmas Festival offers young (and older) actors, singers and dancers the opportunity to develop their talents in the various productions. In addition to entertainment, the festival hires members of the community who want to make some extra cash for Christmas. Hundreds of vendors spend long hours traveling to St. George to sell their wares.
Event organizers carefully select each vendor to ensure a completely unique market experience during the Victorian era, Dell said. As you stroll the streets of Olde London, you will see vendors with vintage stalls and authentically styled clothes, hats and pants. You can even meet Queen Victoria or Dickens in person. It’s a chance to get out of the house, bring the kids with you, and just relax while stepping back in time.
The festival has been a popular family tradition for Dell for 40 years. Her mother organized the first iteration in 1981, and they have kept it going ever since. Today she can share the event with her own children.
âI just grew up with it,â she says. “Christmas was Dickens’ time.”
The Dickens Christmas Festival is a non-profit organization that aims to help members of the community in times of need. Each year, the event benefits local students and causes in southern Utah, including Coins for Kids. Most vendors are offering kids’ gifts and toys at a discounted price to encourage shoppers to join the toy promotion, Dell said, and some are donating additional merchandise.
Just as Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” inspires readers to come up and help others, festival organizers are striving to make the Christmas season a little brighter for disadvantaged families.
Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.
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- What: Dickens Christmas party.
- When: Wednesday to Saturday, 1.-4. December, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Where: Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.
- Tickets: $ 8 per child; $ 9 per senior; $ 10 per adult.
- Resources: website.
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