Dickens of a Christmas

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Dickens of a Christmas - Ohio History Center

Follow the Ghost of Christmas Past to Ohio Village this holiday season and experience the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas inspired by the colorful tales of Charles Dickens.

Dickens toured Ohio in 1842, shortly before publishing one of his most beloved books, A Christmas Carol. In the spirit of the holidays as celebrated in Dickens' time, Dickens of a Christmas transforms Ohio Village with Victorian-era crafts, decorations, caroling, cooking demonstrations and traditions inspired by his festive vision of Christmas.
Meet Dickens, Saint Nicholas himself and an assortment of 19th-century characters who'll make this holiday season memorable for one and all. 

Dickens of a ChristmasFamily Friendly: This event has activities and performances that will engage and entertain multiple age groups, from toddler to teenager. Buildings are heated and there are modern restrooms with changing tables. Most of the Ohio Village is gravel road, but strollers move easily on the boardwalk that runs around entire village. Call 800-800-686-6124 with any accommodation questions; we're here to help.

Attire: Please dress for the weather. Everyone will be able to warm up in the buildings, but it is still December in Ohio (no matter what century it is!).


Dickens of a Christmas Event Details
Activities, Sites, and Performances

Throughout Ohio Village
You may have a chance encounter with the Ghost of Marley and the giver of gifts, St. Nick.

A Christmas Carol Play, Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, additional performances on Sunday
Join in the fun with this interactive presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

A Visit with St. Nicholas, Church, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, additional performance on Sunday
Meet St. Nicholas, the 4th-century Bishop who inspired Santa Claus.

Ohio Village Singers, Town Hall, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, additional performances on Sunday
Listen to the sounds of the season. They will carol throughout the Village between the concerts.

Presenting Charles Dickens, Church, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, additional performance on Sunday
Join the esteemed author himself as Mr. Dickens regales you with magic, music and stories.

A Christmas Carol Puppets, School House
Take time to put on your own puppet show with puppets, stage and script.

Christmas Cards, Newspaper Office
Hand tint Victorian Christmas cards, including a reproduction of the first official Christmas card created in England in 1843.

Holiday Shopping, General Store 
Stop in the Store for some last minute holiday shopping. You never know what unique gift items you’ll find!

Tastes of Christmas, Farm House
Stop in to see what is being prepared for the holiday and sample some tasty treats.

Stringing Popcorn for the Holiday Tree, Yellow Residence 
Visitors are welcome to string popcorn and cranberries for our tree, or are welcome to take them home for their own tree.

The Scents of Christmas, Pharmacy
Visitors can make bouquets of fresh greens to bring the special scents of Christmas into their own homes.

Victorian Folded Paper Boxes, Freight Office
Make and decorate your own gift-giving holiday box.

St. Nicholas Traditions, Doctor's Residence 
Learn about a fun gift-giving tradition and the real person whose good deeds inspired Santa Claus.

Christmas Carol Ghosts, Funeral Parlor
Meet Scrooge’s unwelcome guests, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Toys & Crafts, Toy Shop
For all the young at heart, stop in to play with some old games and toys. You will also have the opportunity
to make a craft or decoration.

Victorian Holiday Traditions, Lodging House
Dickens referred to the Christmas tree as “a pretty little German toy.” Learn about the Christmas tree and other Victorian traditions, such as wassail, Christmas Pie and the Yule Log.

Roasted Chestnuts, Market House
Have you ever tasted a roasted chestnut? Well here is your chance. You may partake in this tasty treat for a nominal fee.