Every winter, traffic on Wellsboro’s Main Street is halted as the town thoroughfare is magically transformed into a remarkable Victorian market. The Wellsboro Dickens of A Christmas is an impressive collection of theatre, music, history, shopping and food. Enjoy community luncheons and breakfasts, live concerts, and captivating tours as you shop for the holidays.
Dickens of A Christmas has an impressive selection of shopping. Nearly two hundred vendors line Main Street and there is more indoor shopping throughout the town. This festival is sure to make holiday gift-buying a breeze. With a variety of goods like home-baked goods, wooden toys, ornaments, candles, quilts, furniture and wrought iron, there’s something for everybody. Adding to the festivities and never wanting to be left out of the action, many of the vendors dress in Victorian garb as well!
The food is certainly in no short-supply. Beef sandwiches and crab cakes will quench the most voracious hungers. Stay warm, with hot soups and cider, and be sure to grab a fresh apple dumpling for desert! In addition to vendors, churches throughout the town host luncheons and concerts. Live music plays all weekend long and at multiple venues.
Dickens of A Christmas is a thespian’s dream come true. All weekend Victorian actors have roving performances on street corners. Actors dressed in period costumes delight the crowd, but watch out you don’t run into Scrooge! The Arcadia Theatre becomes a great hub of festivities. All weekend, the theatre hosts music and choirs. You can also purchase your tickets for a live performance of “A Christmas Carol”, scheduled multiple times throughout the weekend. For lasting memories, there are Victorian picture opportunities at the theatre as well.
Check out the model train displays then hop on the real train excursion Saturday that departs from the Wellsboro junction. On Saturday evening, the festival sponsors invite everyone to bring a candle and join in the Peace Walk. Trot down main street singing carols, and get ready to light the town Christmas tree. Santa will be on hand to give out treats to the kids!
Admission to the festival is free, but some events require tickets. Parking is in designated lots and shuttles are available.