A Dickens Christmas 2010 in Fayetteville, NC

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC NC 226467

Fayetteville, NC celebrates "A Dickens Holiday" each year. Here are some photos from this year's event.

Though it is officially named "A Dickens Holiday" so that it is as inclusive as possible, we always refer to it as a Dickens Christmas in my home.

The celebration consumes the better part of a day, with downtown closed off to traffic (I love that we have a pedestrian mall in our downtown on Hay Street!) and many different events filling up the afternoon.Period Actor A Dicken Christmas Fayetteville NC

What a fun day it is, with many different people in period clothing and local actors in costumes from Dickens's A Christmas Carol running around downtown, interacting with the people. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghost of Christmas Past--all here in Fayetteville to celebrate the season!

The Facinate-U Childrens Museum offers kids the chance to make a Victorian Christmas tree ornament to take home or to hang on the community Christmas tree. The Transportation Museum offers up a Victorian model train display in addition to its other displays of period transportation. And, there's a period exhibit of Victorian life on the second floor of the Market House.

And, there are plenty of other events. Carriage rides, a tuba concert, professional chef gingerbread house competition, Victorian costume competition, and lots of entertainment. Then, of course, the local downtown merchants are out displaying their wares. There are street vendors, musicians, and carolers. The Christmas wreaths and decorations are mounted on the lampposts, and downtown is decorated and ready for Christmas!

Gingerbread CoookiesBut, the premier event occurs right after dark.  The entire crowd participates in a candlelight procession down Hay Street to the Market House. What an awesome sight--thousands of people with candles strolling though the town! We enjoy a great fireworks display, and then Tiny Tim ushers in the Christmas season by lighting the community Christmas tree in the center of the Market House.

My family and I love attending this event and it will be a Christmas tradition with us for many years to come.

My favorite part?

I just love strolling through downtown, sharing gingerbread and spiced cider with my baby girls, and listening to the carolers sing all my favorite Christmas carols! Who wouldn't love to see the smiles on the faces of their children that this event brings to my children each year!

Enjoy the photos!

Comments (8)

Rhonda Abbott
Howard Hanna - Wadsworth, OH
Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH

Looks like a great time!  Our town does something similar, and everyone really looks forward to it every year - always a great turnout, no matter what the weather...and in NE Ohio, you never know what you'll get weather-wise in late November!  Thanks for sharing your local tradition.  :)

Nov 28, 2010 02:20 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Julissa  It appears Fayetteville is loaded with holiday spirit I could stroll around with cider and gingerbread, too

Nov 28, 2010 03:07 AM
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate
What a great localism post! Your signature is also awesome...hope to see some pictures of your Cookies with Santa soon. Cindy in Indy
Nov 28, 2010 06:51 AM
Julissa Jumper
Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, NC Real Estate

Rhonda: Thanks for visiting! You're right about the weather--rain yesterday dampened everything, but it was fone before the evening. Thank God!

Karen: My husband loves the cider; my girls love the gingerbread. all-in-all, a great day!

Hi Cindy: you're so good for my ego and my spirits! Thanks!  Cookies with Santa next weekend!!! Can't wait!

Nov 28, 2010 11:52 AM
Melissa McKinney
Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Julissa~Love the pictures! I wanted to attend and it slipped my mind :(

Nov 28, 2010 03:30 PM
Julissa Jumper
Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, NC Real Estate

Hi Melissa: There's always so much to do on the last weekend of November--glad I stayed away from shopping and just spent time with my family! Oh, and ate too much!!!

Nov 29, 2010 12:49 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Our big holiday celebration here is “December Nights” where about 300,000 people cram Balboa Park over the course of two days. For about 35 years it was called “Christmas on the Prado.” They changed it to be more inclusive, and lots of Christmas Christians said that the even would wither and die. Interestingly, when it was “Christmas on the Prado,” it had an two-day attendance of about 150,000. Attendance has increased significantly each year during the four years that it has been more inclusive.

Nov 30, 2010 07:43 PM
Julissa Jumper
Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, NC Real Estate
Hi Russel: Thanks for taking the time to comment! I don't know how attendance has changed since the name did, but it's only been a couple of years, so it might not be much. I don't have any problem with the change, and it only garnered minor protest when they changed it. I just always refer to these holidays as Christmas because that's what we celebrate. Fayetteville is pretty small compared to San Diego. I can only imagine a candlelight procession that was 300,000 strong! Would be pretty impressive! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!
Nov 30, 2010 11:00 PM