A Family Tradition Continues

Presented by the Arts Council and the Downtown Alliance

On Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, 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.!Pic1

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. After the fireworks, the festivities continue until 9 p.m.

Historical Tributes
– This year, programming expands beyond Scrooge, Marley and other characters from “A Christmas Carol.”
 Local singers, led by Arts Council Board member Rangel McLaurin, present special music in tribute to the Fisk Jubilee Singers of the 1800s who entertained Queen Victoria.

Annie’s Alehouse – Returning this year is “Annie’s Alehouse,” inside the Arts Council building, modeled on the old Victorian pubs.  Indulge in beer, wine, and non-alcoholic cider, along with some rousing music. The building is open from 1 to 9 p.m.

Gingerbread Community of Hope – Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, along with H&H Homes, is presenting a Community of Hope – in the form of gingerbread! People from the community are invited to create buildings to be displayed at SkyView during A Dickens Holiday.


Click here for an entry for for the Gingerbread Community of Hope!


Want to get involved? You can sign up to volunteer by e-mailing volunteers@theartscouncil.com.


To request a Victorian vendor application for 2015, e-mail bobp@theartscouncil.com.

Click here for a Victorian vendor application
(Deadline to apply: Nov. 12)


A Dickens Glossary

Visitor Information at the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Arts Council would like to thank this year’s  preferred hotel partner, Ramada Plaza for their support!

To volunteer for this event, e-mail volunteers@theartscouncil.com.


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).  1-8:30 p.m. 

Amazing holiday performances of magic and music, along with the  exhibition “Transformation: Artful Recycling” inside the Arts Council, which is transformed into “Annie’s Alehouse.” 1-9 p.m.

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 horse-rideMuseum (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 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 lt’s a Wonderful Life 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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If you are interested in corporate sponsorship of  A Dickens Holiday, contact UniQue Webster, the Arts Council’s Director of Development, at (910) 323-1776 or uniquew@theartscouncil.com.

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