Enter the world of Charles Dickens' Victorian London, where it's always Christmas Eve and the streets resound with revelry of the Season! Lively calls of street vendors ring out and mingle with holiday carolers; tempting aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air; enticing shops overflow with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.
To recreate old London town, we transform over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons.
Experience a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure for all ages ~ the young, and the young at heart.
From highborn royalty to denizens of the street, the Fair teems with over 700 colorful & iconic characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens ~ and the pages of history!
Father Christmas holds court beside a great toy-bedecked tree, hearing the Christmas wishes of all good girls and boys. Or you might mingle with chimney sweeps, London bobbies, and street urchins; cheer Queen Victoria and dashing Prince Albert as they tour the streets; strike up a conversation with Charles Dickens himself, Edgar Allan Poe, or Lewis Carroll; meet Oliver Twist, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Tiny Tim, or Ebenezer Scrooge!
Our seven stages offer entertainments from the family-friendly to decidedly daring: proper ladies and gentlemen may enjoy an opera gala, children’s shows, melodramas, music and dance. Those more raffish may carouse with Can-Can dancers and salty sailors, or join in a bawdy chorus at the infamous Broadside Music Hall Revue.
In search of the perfect holiday gift? Explore a wonderland of one-of-a-kind artisan treasures. Over 100 beautiful shops offer fine crafts, clothing and accessories, ceramics & glass, dazzling jewelry, toys, antiquarian books, and more.
Activities & diversions abound! Try your hand at games of skill and chance, or your feet at Fezziwig’s Dance Party. Have your hair braided, your fortune told, or your portrait drawn. A Children’s Painting Garden and Fairy House Activity Area offer engaging pasttimes for little ones.
When hunger strikes, a satisfying repast is always nearby! Refresh yourself with a feast of roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, goose or quail, fish & chips, duck a l’orange, savory meat pies, High Tea with scones, hot roasted chestnuts, and more!
What better occasion to raise a toast? ~ a pint of stout or ale, champagne, hot chocolate, spiced mead, hot buttered rum, Turkish coffee, and more! Sodas and other cold drinks are also offered.
The world-renowned Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party is the only event of its kind. We recreate the merriest moments in Victorian London for you to enjoy for hours on end, even over multiple days or weekends. A treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Fair is an incomparable holiday original that generations of families embrace as their own holiday tradition. We think you will agree it's a perfectly, delightfully, splendid way to celebrate the Season!
When high on the walls
You have twined the green holly
Let music resound
And let all be most jolly