Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

2017 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.

Second Annual Best Dressed Dickens Contest Returns

“A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!”
A Dickens of a good time!


Best Dressed 2016 Sky 2Wellsboro will be hosting its 34th Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday, December 2nd. Vendors and visitors spend the day in period costume visiting with friends and vendors hawking their wares in traditional Victorian style. The main street Victorian Strolls are at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Home Page is delighted to sponsor the Best Dressed Dickens Contest again at this year’s event. The debut event last year drew in more than 45 contestants. Men, boys, girls, and of course the lady’s, wowed the judges with their unique take on Victorian Era styles. Many more just came to take a step back in time by watching or capturing the moment.
There is no pre-registration required. Simply stop by the Deane Center Lobby on Saturday, December 2nd between 9:30 am-12:45 pm. But if you like, you may preregister by emailing sara@thehomepagenetwork.com with your name and contact information.
Then while you’re still dressed in your finest Dickens attire, gather at the outdoor performance space by the Deane Center located at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue at 1:00 pm. Inclement weather, judging will be held inside the Deane Center.
John Vogt, Home Page’s President, will be the master of ceremonies. Joining John on stage will be Christine A. Moore giving her time period dress commentary. Our panel of esteemed judges will be introduced at that time. Please give them a hurrah for they will have the daunting task of selecting ‘The Best Dressed for Dickens 2017’.
The winning lad or lass will receive a winsome gift basket of goods donated by Wellsboro merchants and a custom-made hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery of New York City. This first place prize is valued at over $1,000.00. Other fun surprises will be given out as well!
Before you head home, please join the winner and all the contestants as we head down Main Street at 2:00 PM for the last Dickens stroll of the day!
For more information about the Best Dressed Contest, call the Home Page office at 570-948-9181.
Watch the Best Dressed Contest of 2016 and find out who won on the link listed below!

Dickens of a Christmas Map


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