Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party
Every Weekend: TBA
Find costumes to rent or buy for adults and kids in all shapes and sizes for the 39th anniversary of this wonderful holiday event. Dressing up isn’t mandatory, but it makes the experience so much more exciting.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London – an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops.
It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town – a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Cries of street vendors hawking their wares ring out above the bustling crowd. Dozens of lamplit shops are filled to overflowing with Christmas gifts. The Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970 and a splendid way to celebrate the holidays.
Victorian costumes are encouraged but certainly not required. Please feel free to ‘come as you are’ to enjoy your adventure into Dickens’ London. The Public and Participant Costume Guidelines provided are primarily intended for Participants (performers & vendors) of the event. If you are a guest, please enjoy the costume information as a resource to help you get into the spirit and play along at any level you wish. Even a hat or bonnet will make you feel like you are stepping back in time with us! Special note: please do not come dressed as Father Christmas, Ebeneezer Scrooge, or other principal characters from Dickens’ works.
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Avenue
Daly City, CA
10:00 – 7:00 every weekend day.
Brought to you by Red Barn Productions and the Patterson Family, who created and directed the popular Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point in Marin for 25 years.
Continuous performances on seven stages and in the streets feature lively and colorful characters from Dickens’ London. Enjoy holiday games and festive dance in Fezziwig’s Warehouse, boisterous music hall offerings in Mad Sal’s Dockside Alehouse, and the engaging antics and adventures of such characters as London’s chimney sweeps, Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, that evil genius Fagin, and a horde of other colorful characters. Especially For Children: Punch and Judy puppet shows, Victorian fairies, Father Christmas, and interactive theatrical performances; games and holiday activities; Victorian arts and crafts.
Gourmet chefs offer delicious foods from around the world, including English bangers and fish ‘n’ chips, exotic Greek delicacies, French onion soup, and enticing desserts. Five authentic pubs offer Craft Ales from local breweries to satisfy the heartiest thirst. A wide selection of fine wines and champagne is available by the glass.
Visit the shops of London to find one-of-a-kind treasures, Victorian reproductions, fine art, romantic clothing, glittering pewter, and dazzling jewelry. Complete your holiday shopping or discover the perfect dress for that New Year’s Eve party. Shopkeepers will welcome you, share a story or two, and send you on your way (hopefully laden with packages) with a hearty “Happy Christmas.”