A Dickens Holiday - Nov. 29, 2013
14th Anniversary of A Dickens Holiday
Produced by the Arts Council and the Downtown Alliance
A Family Tradition Continues
On Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, Historic Downtown Fayetteville will again be transformed into a unique and wonderful experience.
So roll back the clock with us – and Gerald Dickens! – for A Dickens Holiday. Horse-drawn carriages roll down Hay Street carrying shoppers the old-fashioned way, past merchants’ windows adorned with beautiful Victorian holiday decorations, past artisans and vendors of all sorts of delightful treats. Joyful children pose with Father Christmas for memory-laden pictures.
The smells of cider and gingerbread, permeate the chilly air. And there is Ebenezer Scrooge himself, pursued by the ghost of Jacob Marley.
As darkness approaches and the clock reaches 5 p.m., townspeople gather in front of the Arts Council for the candlelight procession to the Market House, followed by fireworks.
Want to get involved? You can sign up to volunteer by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for information about how you can dress "Dickens style."
A Dickens Holiday 2012 was sponsored by:
Callahan & Rice Insurance Group
Carolina Regional Radiology
City Center Gallery & Books
Fayetteville Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
First Citizens Bank
Holmes Security Systems
Dr. Frank and Carol Stout
City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County
And special thanks to our media sponsor:
Here are some special events from previous A Dickens Holiday evemts (subject to change):
Hot cider and gingerbread help keep you warm throughout the day. Buy some along Hay Street.
Preserve a lifetime memory by purchasing a picture of you and your loved ones with Father Christmas and our authentic Victorian sleigh at the Arts Council building.
Amazing holiday entertainment all day at the Arts Council building along Hay Street.
Victorian Carriage Rides 1-9 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a Dickens downtown on a big decorated horse-drawn hitch wagon.
Queen Victoria Carriage Rides 1-9 p.m. Enjoy a longer, more personal tour of historic downtown Fayetteville in this intimate setting. Tours leave from the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum, Franklin and Maxwell streets.
This Victorian Life display on 2nd floor of the Market House from 1-9 p.m., sponsored by the Transportation & Local History Museum. See how the Victorians celebrated the holidays. Don’t miss the display of coins, ceramic plates and other commemorative pieces created during Queen Victoria’s reign to honor her.
Candlelight Procession and Tree Lighting Ceremony Gather in front of the Arts Council building for the 5:30 p.m. candlelight procession to the Market House. Pick up a free candle at selected merchants, or in front of the Arts Council building (while supplies last). Join thousands of townspeople for Fayetteville’s largest candlelight procession to the Market House, followed by fireworks!
You can become a part of A Dickens Holiday by strolling the streets as a Victorian lady or gentleman with an easy-to-make costume. Just click here for quick notes on costuming.