After a two-year hiatus, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party return to the Bay Area from Saturday, November 19 to Sunday, December 18th. This beloved annual event drops you into Victorian London, brought to life by hundreds of costumed players and a plethora of shops, stages, pubs, parties, and memorable performances.
This annual event started in the 1970s and celebrates the world of writer Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and other literary classics. The Fair features experiences and charecter inspired by and plucked directly from Dickens’ novels including pick-pocketing school with Oliver Twist and enjoying Fezziwig’s Christmas Party with Ebenezer Scrooge.
New additions to the 2022 fair include a pre-show area known as Vauxhall Gardens. This new area is open to the public and includes an indoor skating rink, Victorian-style refreshments, and Christmas tree sales, hosted in an ornate Victorian park-like setting.
Costumes play a huge role in the overall experience, but don’t feel bad if you don’t want to hunt down a waistcoat or bonnet. Victorian costumes aren’t required but are warmly welcomed. Their costume guide and policies is a must-read before you attend, with plenty of dos and dont’s regarding your attire.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair invites you to lose yourself in the fantasy of the experience, enjoy a fencing lesson, drink a little absinthe or Turkish coffee and enjoy the ride.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party will be held on Weekends from November 19th until December 18th from 10am-6pm. The Fair will take place at the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA.
November 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, and December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18.
- General Adult (Ages 13 and up): $45.00 and $30.00 after 3pm
- General Youth (Ages 5-12): $25.00 and $18.00 tickets after 3pm
- Children under 5: FREE
Featured image by Philip Pavliger. Courtesy of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair.