Dickens’ Christmas Festival, 4 days of nostalgic entertainment

Last years Dickens' Christmas Festival, St. George, Utah, Nov. 30, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Those who want to really feel the warmth of Christmas nostalgia won’t want to miss this year’s Dickens’ Festival in St. George. It promises a truly unique Christmas experience. Step back in time to 19th century London as the Dixie Center St. George is transformed into a one-of-a-kind entertainment and shopping experience.

Musicians and theatrical performances will fill multiple stages – the extensive list is in the full schedule linked here – while hundreds of 19th-century costumed folks bustle around the narrow village “streets” of Old English shoppes.

Last years Dickens' Christmas Festival, St. George, Utah, Nov. 30, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Santa Claus received many children on his lap at the Dickens’ Christmas Festival 2012. He’ll be there again this year. St. George, Utah, Nov. 30, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

This festival will put you smack dab in the middle of an era that gave rise to many of our Christmas traditions. As you roam through the streets, look for the “real” Father Christmas; turn a corner and you may stumble upon a gathering of  traditional Christmas carolers.

You won’t be able to avoid the smell of real pine trees and freshly made cinnamon rolls.

You’ll rub shoulders with the cast of Dickens’ characters such as Tiny Tim, Scrooge and even Queen Victoria who will be part of the nightly theatrical performances of “Scrooge” and “Oliver Twist.”

Taste freshly dipped carmel apples as you banter with shop workers wearing top hats, scarves, and other period costumes.

This festival literally makes you feel like you’re somewhere else – in a magical land of holiday merriment. You can’t leave without feeling a deep sense of Christmas spirit. And you might, if you are so inclined, dress the part and add to that spirit yourself – just for the Dickens of it.

Event recap

  • When: Dec. 4-7 | 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Convention Center | 1835 S Convention Center Dr, St. George
  • Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 65+ and children ages 4-12, Free for children 3 and under. Admission includes entertainment and plays.
  • Special Tip: For discounted tickets, buy online here
  • Entertainment Schedule: Full schedule here | Nightly plays include Oliver Twist at 6 p.m. and Scrooge at 8 p.m.

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Last years Dickens' Christmas Festival, St. George, Utah, Nov. 30, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Last years Dickens’ Christmas Festival, St. George, Utah, Nov. 30, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

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