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Fayetteville Feature: A Dickens Holiday

The holidays are here! In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating our gratefulness at a Thanksgiving feast. As we relax in our stretchy pants and turkey induced food coma, we can look forward to walking off our newly acquired pounds while Black Friday shopping. Here in Fayetteville, we also look forward to another event on the day after Thanksgiving.


A Dickens Holiday is a festive tradition that draws huge crowds of families and friends to kick off the Christmas season.

In downtown Fayetteville from 1 pm to 9 pm you will find vendors selling wares, horse drawn carriages passing shop windows, and Victorian holiday decorations adorning every shop front and light pole. Father Christmas will even be in town, ready to greet your children and take photos with them. Scrooge runs from the ghost of Jacob Marley through the streets of downtown.  There is cider and gingerbread and even a candlelit walk.


At five o’clock the candlelit procession takes place from the Arts Council to the Market House where there will be a festive presentation followed by fireworks. The candles are free and available at booths along the street!  Get them early–they are available while supplies last.

Come out with all of your friends and family! There will be holiday performers wandering throughout downtown. The Arts Council will have “Annie’s Alehouse” inside—modeled after an old Victorian pub and serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic cider, along with live music.

You can build a gingerbread house, take photos and create memories with Santa Claus, take a carriage ride for $5-10, and even make a visit to the second floor of the Market House to learn about Victorian life.


For more details about the event, ornaments, TubaChristmas, the Victorian style 1897 Poe House, and more, visit the Arts Council website by clicking here.

A Dickens Holiday is absolutely an event that we anticipate every year. Have you ever been before, or is there a festive holiday tradition you would love to share? Please leave it in the comments below! If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like to let us know, and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already. We put out blog posts like this one every week!


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