Dickens Fair brings Victorian London to Bay Area

Visitors at the Dickens Fair enjoy refreshments served by workers dressed in full Victorian London costumes.

Rich Yee

Visitors at the Dickens Fair enjoy refreshments served by workers dressed in full Victorian London costumes.

Mara Pleasure, Staff Writer

Are you looking for an exciting evening excursion to celebrate the holiday season? Drive over to the Cow Palace for the Dickens Fair, a “holiday adventure into Victorian London” according to the fair’s website. The fair has been a Bay Area tradition since 1970, and is an exciting event to attend if you are looking for an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit.

A handful of Urban students have attended the extravagant 120,000 square foot recreation of Charles Dickens London before, and are planning on returning this year. Cassidy Elkins (‘15) says the shops are worth going to because “they sell stuff you can’t get anywhere else” and that “when you walk in it just smells like delish’ Christmas and toasted nuts.” Brendan Dunlap (‘15), who has been going for at least five years says that his favorite part of the event is “seeing all the costumes” along with ”playing darts.”

The costumes are one reason many people attend. Those working the fair, and many of the families attending, show up in full Victorian London costumes and gear. Performers are also dressed up to hold different plays and shows at seven different stages throughout the day. Parker Sela (‘17), went to the fair for the first time with her school to perform in one of the shows. She  is now planning on returning for her third year, and says that “everyone really gets into the feeling.” The Dickens Fair is held for five consecutive weekends, starting the weekend of Nov. 22 and lasting until Dec. 21, so there are many opportunities to visit the extravagant and holiday event.

The fair is open from 10 a.m. to7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and those interested can find tickets on the event website: http://www.dickensfair.com/tickets/purchase-tickets.

Tickets for adults (13+) cost $30, or $13 for after 4pm.

Tickets for children cost  $12, or $8 after 4pm.