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 2nd, 2023 for the 39th 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.


The 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.

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 line the streets dressed in Victorian garb to present many unique gift-giving options which include 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 Active Living 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 2023 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 2023

Wellsboro will host their 39th Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday, December 2nd. Visitors spend the day on beautiful Main Street in Victorian time-period costumes with friends as vendors hawk their wares. The entire town gets into the festivities with traditional music and Christmas Carols as guests from all over the country join in the celebration! The Main Street Victorian Strolls are at 10:00 am and then again at 2:00 pm (immediately following The Best Dressed Showcase). 

Home Page Vice-President Sara Vogt sat down with Christine A. Moore-Seidel of Christine A. Moore Millinery in the Home Page Studio to do this promo to invite you to join them this year!  Christine, the designer and owner of Christine A. Moore Millinery, has professionally created hats for over twenty-five years. Once again, Christine A. Moore Millinery and the Home Page Network present The Best Dressed Showcase on December 2nd during Dickens of A Christmas!

2023 marks the 8th year of presenting The Best Dressed Showcase. Christine and Sara have enjoyed meeting those who have joined in for the fun and look forward to this year’s showcase. This event encourages those who participate to step back into the dress of the 1840’s. 

Weather permitting, The Best Dressed Showcase will occur outside the Deane Center Lawn at 1:00 pm. (All participants registered for the showcase should come a little before 1:00 pm ) The showcase will conclude just before 2:00 pm, so all participants can stroll through town at 2:00 pm, letting others enjoy seeing how they have dressed their best!

If there is inclement weather, this free event will be held inside the Deane Center. 

We prefer pre-registration, so if you are considering joining the fun this year, please email Sara@thehomepagenetwork.com to get the ball rolling! If you choose to pre-register, you’ll save time on the event day by coming directly to the Deane Center Lawn outside the stage just before 1:00. If you do not pre-register, then you need to go to the Deane Center to register on the event day from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.

Come watch the Best Dressed Showcase; maybe you’ll join next year! 

Last year, thirty-eight contestants stepped back in time to enter the contest. Three contestants were chosen to come in at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The first two won a hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery and baskets filled with gifts from local merchants. The third winner won a basket filled with gifts. To watch last year’s showcase, please click on the link below. 


For more information about the Best Dressed Showcase, call The Home Page Network office at 570-948-9181 or email Sara at Sara@thehomepagenetwork.com.

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