Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate. Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village (https://www.osv.org/event/cbc/), in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, opens its season this Friday, and continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 23
“Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest! Purchase tickets below.
Christmas by Candlelight runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings November 30 – December 23, with a bonus night on Thursday, December 20!”
Dickens Christmas Festival at the KY Renaissance Fair Site (https://www.kyrenfaire.com/event/1771510-2018-dickens-christmas-eminence/), in Eminence, Kentucky, opens its two weekend run
“Old Fashion Christmas ~ Scenes from A Christmas Carol though out the day ~ Merchants ~ Magic ~ Glass Blowing ~ Plate Dinners (at additional cost) ~ hot drinks ~ Warm Christmas Cheer ~ Photo Opportunities with Mr. & Mrs. Claus”
Christmas at the Castle at Muskogee (https://www.okcastle.com/castle-christmas.html). In Muskogee, Oklahoma, continues nightly through December 31
Drive through Castleton Village, filled with over 2,000 holiday displays and thousands of colorful lights, creating an unforgettable experience. Open every night, Thanksgiving through New Years, 6-10pm. FREE, and donations are gratefully accepted. If you are bringing a commercial bus, please call the Office at (918)687-3625. Thank you!
Take a train ride through the Village, or ride the ponies (all weather permitting)! Stop inside The Castle for the Christmas Shoppe, free family movies, unique merchants, and the Cafe’. Make ornaments in Santa’s workshop and warm up by the fireplace. Open November 24-26th and December 1st-3rd, 8th-10th, and 15th-31st. Check our Calendar for the list of activities available on each night.
Father Christmas at The Castle!
Visit with Father Christmas! Tell him your holiday wishes and visit with the elves. Have your annual photo taken: $10 for a 4×6 print taken by the official photographer or $7 to take your own photo. Check our Calendar for Father Christmas visit dates.
Join us in the Cafe for a light supper or snack, hot chocolate and treats, and great company! Sit and enjoy while holiday movies for the whole family play. Open November 24-26th and December 1st-3rd, 8th-10th, and 15th-31st. 6-10pm. See the menu HERE.
Stop in for some holiday shopping and pick up something unique for yourself or a loved one! Get Fireworks for New Year’s Eve celebrations from December 15th through December 31st. We are always adding new merchants so check back often!!
The Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park
When you plan your visit to Castle Christmas, remember to ALSO visit our neighbors in Honor Heights Park! The Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department presents The Garden of Lights, a display of over 1 million lights decorating the trees, bushes, and walkways throughout Honor Heights Park. Open every night, 6-10pm. A beautiful, glittering display is timed to holiday music as you drive through the park. Don’t miss the ice rink, refreshments, and Gift Shop. Follow the signs from The Castle to Honor Heights. Lines can be long at Honor Heights, so we suggest visiting The Castle first!
25th Anniversary Dickens Christmas Festival in Skaneatales (http://www.skaneateles.com/visit/dickens), continues in Skaneatales, New York
“Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas, as Skaneateles Area Businesses give a gift to the public for their continued support throughout the year. Plan now and join the Village of Skaneateles, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, this holiday season.”
Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge (http://www.dickensvictorianvillage.com/) in Cambridge, Ohio, continues its 13th season, daily through December 31
“Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season. “
Dickens Village Festival (https://www.dickensfestival.com/), in Garrison, North Dakota
“Garrison’s Dickens Village Festival will delight and entertain families from across North Dakota, eastern Montana and southern Canada. The event turns a community of 1,500 into a quaint Victorian town from the era of Charles Dickens’. The Dickens Village Festival runs the next two Friday & Saturday’s. We hope you join us in celebrating the Holiday Season in Garrison, ND!”
Great Dickens Christmas Faire (https://dickensfair.com/), in Daly City, California, continues its 36th season
“The 2018 Great Dickens Christmas Fair opens Saturday, November 17th, and continues six weekends through Sunday, December 23 including the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Do join us, won’t you?”
Holly Dickens Festival (http://hollydickensfestival.org/index.html), in Holly, Michigan, continues its 45th season, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
“The oldest, longest running Dickens Festival in the United States!”
It’s Romance at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival (http://www.larf.org/), in Hammond, Louisiana
“Romance: From Henry VIII’s search for true love, to The Princess Bride and happy ever after, nothing says romance like the RenFest. So, whether you’re lucky in love, or looking, Albright is the place to be this weekend. Send a flower, get a love song, dance and laugh. It’s all waiting for you. The first 200 couples dressed to match will receive a rose at the front gate (we call matching costumes “honey garb”). Proud of your costume? Don’t forget our daily costume contest (3 p.m., Queen Stage) This weekend, we will be looking for attire that compliments the one you are with.”
Carlyle’s 16th Annual Dickens Village Festival (https://townofcarlyle.com/dickens-festival/), in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, this Friday and Saturday.
“Join us for Carlyle’s 15th annual Dicken’s Village Festival! This is a fun-filled family event featuring English Market Craft Sale, Tiny Tim’s Taste Tour, High Tea, Food Vendors, Lighted Parade, Carriage Rides, and a Cornerstone Theatre Play! More details to come!
6th Annual Cedar Key, Florida, Pirate Invasion Weekend (http://cedarkeypiratefest.com/). In Cedar Key, Florida, Friday through Sunday
Come and enjoy a unique weekend in “The Best Little Pirate Town in Florida.” Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2018 Event Schedules and the Event itself are subject to change without notice by Bard Productions, LLC. Acts of God including fire, mayhem, hurricanes, politics and other chaos are not our responsibility. Copyrights for all content and imagery held by Bard Productions, the designer, and/or individual pirates portrayed will be enforced. NO PIRATING!
Dickens Christmas Festival (https://www.christmasmarkets.com/christmas-markets/dickens-christmas-festival/), in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK, Friday through Monday
“Travel back in time at The Dickens Christmas Festival, Portsmouth, where snowy streets welcome you to a world of festive cheer, as you enjoy one of the south’s finest Christmas festivals. The gates open to a world of Christmas joy from 30 November – 2 December from 10am – 6pm. This year we’re celebrating Portsmouth-born Charles Dickens, seen by some as the father of the modern Christmas! Meet characters from Mr. Dickens’ most famous novels including Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol. Plus, meet Father Christmas in his traditional green robes!
Treat yourself to some well-earned retail therapy as you browse our Christmas markets or visit our brand new gin and Prosecco parlour for an added bit of indulgence. Dickens himself was said to have been a fan of gin and was impressed with the new fangled “cocktail” on a trip to America in the 1840s – the Gin Sling became a firm favourite of his for the rest of this life.
See if you can spot The Living Snow Globe – the most curious object of them all, as she wanders around the Historic Dockyard. She’ll often be seen near snowy areas and loves being the centre of attention. Can you try and get a picture with her? Try and make her smile – it won’t be easy!”
Dickens Christmas Festival (http://dickenschristmasfestival.com/), in St George, Utah, Thursday through Sunday, celebrating its 38th season
“The sights and sounds of 19th Century London come alive at the Dickens’ Christmas Festival. This Festival is not just another craft show, but a unique and unusual entertainment and shopping experience. Olde English shops, hundreds of period costumes, fortune tellers, orphans, royalty, and the “real” Father Christmas all combine to offer our guests a Christmas experience like no other!”
31st Annual Dickens in Dundee (http://www.dickensindundee.org/), in West Dundee, Illinois, Friday and Saturday
“Dickens in Dundee was formed in 1988. It began as a small community gathering, with caroling and the search for Tiny Tim’s crutch in local stores. With the support of local businesses, this event has grown significantly and attracts people from all over the Dundee area. This year’s Dickens in Dundee will take place in East and West Dundee on Friday, November 30th, with a parade organized by West Dundee to follow on Saturday, December 1st”
13th Annual Dickens of a Christmas (http://ebensburgpa.com/ebensburg-dickens/), in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, this Friday through Sunday
“Ebensburg’s 13th annual Dickens of a Christmas will take place Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2, 2018. It is a family-oriented Christmas celebration based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Many vendors and other participants are clad in period costume. Let us be your host as you enjoy this old-fashioned Christmas weekend.
Come enjoy vendors and crafters hawking Christmas wares, wassailing in quaint neighborhoods, ice carving, antique shopping, a live nativity, model railroad, a Christmas Parade, photos with Santa, a Christmas luncheon, sleigh and carriage rides, a pipe organ recital, and a holiday production by Cresson Lake Playhouse.
This is truly a joyous way to bring in the holiday season, of which Mr. Dickens would surely approve!”
Dickens on the Strand (http://www.galvestonhistory.org/events/dickens-on-the-strand/dickens-on-the-strand-3), in Galveston, Texas, celebrating its 46th season, this Friday through Sunday
“With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to Galveston Island November 30 – December 2. The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.”
Olde World Village Winter Holiday Festival (https://www.facebook.com/winterholidayfest/), in Augusta, Michigan
“A multicultural Yule and Winter Season Celebration! Come join us this year as we shake things up and go a bit BARBARIC! Ever wanted to be a Viking in the winter time? Well, here’s your chance! We will have fire games, a full blown Viking Style Feast, live music, amazing entertainment, big bon-fires and most of all…. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! $10 admission at the gate – please remember we do not allow pets, or outside food or beverage. See you soon! (Want to have an encampment or a vendor booth at this year’s Yule Festival? Email email@example.com for more information!)”
23rd Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival (www.facebook.com/PortJeffDickensFest/), in Port Jefferson, New York
“The Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival occurs every year the first weekend in December. It truly takes an entire village of volunteers to put together this event. Contact us if you are interested in joining our family as a volunteer. This is a great volunteer experience where children, teens, and adults can earn resume experience and community service!”
6th Utah Winter Faire (http://www.utahwinterfaire.com/), in Farmington, Utah, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
“Winter is a time of wonder and creativity and we want to celebrate this by embracing all kinds of historical and fandom cultures. Pirates enjoy Christmas – and why not have a place to let them celebrate in Piratey style? If the Victorians embraced and created many of our modern Christmas traditions, then Steampunks will surely perfect them. For many, Christmas isn’t complete without the Doctor Who Christmas Special and we think the Tardis makes a fabulous addition to any gathering. And people in Medieval and Renaissance times celebrated and had wonderful customs. We want to create a place that not only celebrates the season, but transports the goers into a truly unique and wonderful world… no Lion or Wardrobe necessary (though they are welcome to come along too)! Faire warning: there may be fauns…”
35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas (https://www.wellsboropa.com/index.php/dickens-of-a-christmas-celebration), in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, on Saturday
“Are you looking for a getaway weekend to rekindle the old fashioned Christmas spirit? Then plan to join us in Wellsboro on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 for the 35th annual Dickens of a Christmas. Wellsboro’s Main Street and the surrounding side streets will be closed to traffic and will become an early Victorian marketplace featuring all types of delectable wares for eating and drinking, as well as delightful gift items for wearing or enjoying.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the food and craft vendors, strolling musicians and singers, dancers, and street corner thespians will spread up and down Main Street, extending on to Waln and Crafton Street, and a portion of Central Avenue. Performers and vendors will be appropriately costumed and decorated to create a Victorian atmosphere that fits so well with the Wellsboro Gas Lights. With the streets closed to traffic, you have the freedom to stroll and enjoy the festivities.”
Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals, and follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.
I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!
Ma Dooley, signing off!