A Dickens Holiday - Nov. 28, 2014

15th Anniversary of A Dickens Holiday

Presented by the Arts Council and the Downtown Alliance


A Family Tradition Continues
On Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, Historic Downtown Fayetteville will again be transformed into a unique and wonderful experience.

So roll back the clock with us ­for A Dickens Holiday from 1 to 9 p.m.!

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 volunteers@theartscouncil.com.

Click here for information about how you can dress "Dickens style." 

A Dickens Holiday 2013 is presented by The Arts Council and Downtown Alliance and is sponsored by:










Dr. Michael S. Bryant
Allstate Glass
Olde Fayetteville Insurance & Financial Services
Callahan & Rice Insurance Group
Holmes Security Systems
Valley Radiology
Dr. and Mrs. Frank Stout
John Malzone’s Market Square Coffee House 

City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County
N.C. Arts Council

And special thanks to our media sponsor:




Special events during A Dickens Holiday (subject to change):

Hot cider and gingerbread help keep you warm. Buy some along Hay Street.  50¢ each. 1-9 p.m.

Preserve a lifetime memory with a picture of you and your loved ones with Father Christmas and an authentic Victorian sleigh at the Arts Council building (301 Hay St.).  $6 per print (or $15 for 3 prints).  Keychain kits $10.  1-8:30 p.m. 

Amazing holiday performances of magic and music, along with the "Winter" exhibition, showing professional photographers' interpretations of winter, at the Arts Council. 1-9 pm 

Find your place in the community in the H&H Homes Gingerbread Community of Hope built with Habitat for Humanity, starting at 1 p.m. at SkyView on Hay (121 Hay St.).  Click here for information about a library workshop and how to get involved.

Dickens Carriage Rides - 1-9 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a Dickens downtown on a big decorated horse-drawn hitch wagon.  Only $10 for adults, $5 for children.  Tickets on sale at 222 Hay St. beginning at noon on the day of the event.  Come early - they sell out fast!

Queen Victoria Carriage Rides 1-9 p.m. Enjoy a longer, more personal carriage tour from the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum (325 Franklin St.).  $15 per person.  Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended by calling (910) 678-8899. 

This Victorian Life display on 2nd floor of the Market House from 1-9 p.m., sponsored by the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. Literature, military items, a Victorian Christmas tree and other artifacts show how the Victorians celebrated the holidays. An interactive display allows visitors to identify household items from Victorian times that are no longer in general use.

Candlelight Procession and Tree Lighting Ceremony Gather in front, or to the side, of the Arts Council 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!

Stay for a full night of fun after kicking off the holiday season with a traditional fireworks display.  Carriage rides, crafts, holiday shopping and more continue until 9 p.m.!

Other Holiday Happenings: Create a Victorian ornament to take home or hang on the community tree from 1 to dusk at Fascinate-U Children's Museum ($1 admission per person).  Enjoy TubaChristmas in the sanctuary at Hay Street United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. and A Christmas Carol at the Gilbert Theater at 8 p.m.  Take a free tour of the 1897 Poe House, decorated in Victorian style, at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex from 10 to 4 p.m.

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.




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