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 7th, 2019 for the 36th 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.


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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.




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Many of our local churches will host luncheons, concerts, tours or special services throughout the day. Hamilton Gibson Productions will 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.

Last year, over 175 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. For a lasting memory, you can have your professional Dickens photo taken at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts.

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, fresh roasted peanuts, hot cider and coffee, cheddar worsts, kettle corn, baked potatoes, and apple dumpling…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 2019 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.

Fourth Annual Best Dressed Dickens Showcase

“A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, everyone!”
A Dickens of a good time returns to Wellsboro!

Best Dressed 2017

Pictured in this article are the 2018 Best Dressed Showcase winners, Stephen and Allison Schmidt from Attica, New York.

Stephen and Allison were married in these outfits on August 27th, 2017.

Allison tailored the entire outfit that she wore except her veil, which was made by a friend.  She also tailored most of Stephen’s outfit except the coat which was made by a reenacting friend.

Allison said, "we love the 1840’s for two reasons: first, for the clothing. It was so nicely tailored, well designed, and had amazingly intricate details. Secondly, it was when the industrial revolution was just starting to take hold, so you begin seeing all sorts of neat inventions and changes in society."

This past year over 50 participants showed up, dressed in their 1840's outfits and entered the Best Dressed Showcase!  A grand mixture of couples, families, friends, and singles displaying their creativity and personality while enjoying the opportunity to take a step back in time for the days of Dickens! The top five participants received gift baskets from local merchants to celebrate their participation.

The event will take place again this year on the Dickens of a Christmas Weekend on Saturday the 7th of December 2019. 

TO PARTICIPATE THIS YEAR in the Best Dressed Showcase simply stop by the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104  Main Street and register from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Dickens Day and sign up in the lobby and receive a number. OR simply pre-register by e-mailing Sara Vogt at with your information.  

At 1:00 PM meet at the outdoor performance space located outside of the Deane Center at Main and Central Ave and line up for the judging!

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 be 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. She will provide expert commentary and history about the costumes worn by the contestants. The judges will then have the daunting task of selecting ‘The Best Dressed” for Dickens 2019.

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.

You can also learn more about the Best Dressed Showcase by viewing the broadcasts listed below!

Dickens of a Christmas Map

map2018 update

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