Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

2016 Dickens of a Christmas Schedule - Tentative (Click Here)

dickens1aAre you looking for a getaway weekend that will rekindle the oldfashioned Christmas spirit? Then plan to join us in Wellsboro on Saturday December 2nd, 2017 and the 34th annual Dicken’s 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 onto 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 streets closed to traffic, you have the freedom to stroll and enjoy the festivities.

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The Wellsboro Men's and Women's Choruses traditionally perform in front of the Arcadia Theater, and you're welcome to sing along. Several other local musical groups typically offer strolling performances throughout the day. Just stop where you happen to be and enjoy tidbits of drama or musical performances.




dickens 3aMany of our local churches will host luncheons, concerts, tours or special services throughout the day. Hamilton Gibson Productions will present "A Christmas Carol" at the Coolidge Theater & Warehouse Theater several times, and the Hamilton Gibson Choirs will perform on Friday evening. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Last year, over 175 craft and food vendors lined the streets dressed in Victorian garb to present many unique gift-giving options which included hand-crafted Christmas ornaments, wooden toys, jewelry, quilted items, furniture, wrought iron, homemade cheese & meats, pet treats, heirloom Santas, stuffed animals and dolls for the children on your list. In addition, several indoor craft shows are held at the United Methodist Church, the Wellsboro Senior Center, and the Firemen's Annex. For a lasting memory, you can have your picture taken at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts.

Numerous food vendors are always on hand to warm your tummies and tickle your tastebuds with such delectable delights as hot chocolate, chili, hot dogs, homemade soups and chowders, bread pudding, homemade cookies, pies and candies, hot beef sandwiches, crab cakes, fresh roasted peanuts, hot cider and coffee, cheddar wursts, kettle corn, baked potatoes, and apple dumplings...just to name a few.

Bring a candle and join us for the Peace Walk from Packer Park at 5:00 p.m., which travels up Main Street to the Green for the annual community Christmas tree lighting and carol sing at 5:30. Hopefully, the 2017 PA State Laurel Queen will be on hand to light the giant Christmas tree, and Santa always visits with special treats for the youngsters.

Parking will be available at several lots throughout the town, along with a shuttle which will be operated continuously from the Wellsboro High School parking lot and the Wellsboro Plaza lot on Route 6.

It's always a wonderful way to start your holiday season! For a detailed schedule of events with times and locations or contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901, phone 570-724-1926. The schedule will also be available at local businesses, motels and restaurants the day of the event.

The “Best Dressed” Contest – Dickens 2016

“A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!”

by Sara Vogt – October 31, 2016

dickens 2aA Dickens of a good time! On December 3rd, Wellsboro will be hosting its 33rd Dickens of a Christmas! This year, Wellsboro Home Page is delighted to sponsor the first Best Dressed Contest. There will be two opportunities for you to come and enjoy the Victorian Strolls which take place on Main Street at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. All are welcomed to take a step back in time by strolling, watching or capturing the moments! Of course, during the entire day, there will be performers and vendors who will be appropriately costumed and decorated to create a Victorian atmosphere, fun for the entire family! After the 10 o’clock morning stroll and until noon the information listed below will be handed out to all those interested in the contest.

Join in the fun by participating dressed up in your Dickens finest attire and come to the outdoor performance space of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts located at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue at noon to register. Weather permitting all are invited to come and watch the judging at 1:00 pm. Home Page’s John Vogt will be the master of ceremonies. The panel of judges will have the daunting task of selecting The Best Dressed for Dickens 2016. At 2:00 pm the winner will be part of those leading the second stroll.

The winner will also receive a Longaberger basket filled with wonderful gifts from the local merchants of Wellsboro and a custom made hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery of New York City.


*Preregister by emailing sara@wellsborohomepage.com with your name and the best way to contact you.

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