Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Photo by Jorge Taboada
Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

Dickens of a Christmas Celebration



Are you looking for a getaway weekend to rekindle the old fashioned Christmas spirit? Then plan to join us in Wellsboro on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 for the 37th annual Dickens of a Christmas. Wellsboro’s Main Street and the surrounding side streets will be closed to traffic and will become an early Victorian marketplace featuring all types of delectable wares for eating and drinking, as well as delightful gift items for wearing or enjoying.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the food and craft vendors, strolling musicians and singers, dancers, and street corner thespians will spread up and down Main Street, extending on to Waln and Crafton Street, and a portion of Central Avenue. Performers and vendors will be appropriately costumed and decorated to create a Victorian atmosphere that fits so well with the Wellsboro Gas Lights. With the streets closed to traffic, you have the freedom to stroll and enjoy the festivities.



dickens 4aThe Wellsboro Men’s and Women’s Choruses traditionally perform in front of the Arcadia Theater, and you’re welcome to sing along. Several other local musical groups typically offer strolling performances throughout the day. Just stop where you happen to be and enjoy tidbits of drama or musical performances.




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Many of our local churches will host luncheons, concerts, tours or special services throughout the day. Hamilton Gibson Productions usually present “A Christmas Carol” at the Coolidge Theater & Warehouse Theater several times, and the Hamilton Gibson Choirs will perform on Friday evening. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Approximately 125 craft and food vendors lined the streets dressed in Victorian garb to present many unique gift-giving options which included hand-crafted Christmas ornaments, wooden toys, jewelry, quilted items, furniture, wrought iron, homemade cheese & meats, pet treats, heirloom Santas, stuffed animals and dolls for the children on your list. In addition, several indoor craft shows are held at the United Methodist Church, the Wellsboro Senior Center, and the Firemen’s Annex.
Numerous food vendors are always on hand to warm your tummies and tickle your taste buds with such delectable delights as hot chocolate, chili, hot dogs, homemade soups and chowders, bread pudding, homemade cookies, pies, and candies, hot beef sandwiches, crab cakes, hot cider and coffee, cheddar worsts, kettle corn, baked potatoes, apple dumplings, and cinnamon buns…just to name a few.
Bring a candle and join us for the Peace Walk from Packer Park at 5:00p.m., which travels up Main Street to the Green for the annual community Christmas tree lighting and carol sing at 5:30. Hopefully, the 2021 PA State Laurel Queen will be on hand to light the giant Christmas tree, and Santa always visits with special treats for the youngsters.
Parking will be available at several lots throughout the town, along with a shuttle which will be operated continuously from the Wellsboro High School parking lot and the Wellsboro Plaza lot on Route 6.
It’s always a wonderful way to start your holiday season! For detailed schedule of events with times and locations contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901, phone 570-724-1926. The schedule will also be available at local businesses, motels, and restaurants the day of the event.



“A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, everyone!”

The Best Dressed Showcase for 2021

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The Home Page Network and Christine A. Moore Millinery will once again present The Best Dressed Showcase during the Dickens of a Christmas Weekend on Saturday the 4th of December 2021.
To participate in the 2021 Best Dressed Showcase simply stop by the Deane Center for the Performing Arts lobby at 104 Main Street on December 4th to register and receive your number. The registration times are from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
The top ten finalists will be chosen and contacted by text (and posted on the registration table) to meet at the outdoor performance space next to the Deane Center at 1pm. Judging of the top Ten will begin promptly at 1:00 PM.
We encourage everyone who entered the Showcase to come to the stage area while the judging occurs, so those in attendance can see and meet everyone who entered. This gathering will also be a perfect opportunity for pictures to be taken and shared by the participants, The Home Page Network and Christine A. Moore Millinery in their Dickens Day Broadcast the following week.
This year we will have a gold and silver winner, each receiving a hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery and a basket of gifts from area merchants. There will also be other gifts and surprises for those who join in on the fun!
On stage will be Christine A. Moore, owner of Christine A. Moore Millinery of New York City, sharing commentary and history about the costumes worn by the contestants. Once again, our panel of esteemed judges will have the daunting task of selecting ‘The Best Dressed” for Dickens 2021.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to stroll down Main Street with the winners immediately following the Showcase.
For more information about the Best Dressed Showcase, contact The Home Page Network offices by calling 570-948-9181.


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