Michigan’s Original Dickens Festival in Holly

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday season with Charles Dickens inspired fun for the whole family weekends Nov. 29-Dec. 14, 2014 in Oakland County.

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What says “Christmas” more than Victorian-era carolers and a bustling holiday marketplace? Michigan’s Original Dickens Festival in Holly is all that and more, spanning three jam-packed weekends – Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, 2014 – filled with costumes, carols, games and more.

Festivities for the 41st annual event kick off Friday, Nov. 28. At 7 p.m., there’s a lighted parade, followed by the village’s official tree lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Lots of community cheer is in store (and Santa Claus, too!)

The fest officially gets rolling at noon on Saturday, Nov. 29 with a children’s parade. From there, the fun runs 1-8 p.m. each Saturday and 1-5 p.m. each Sunday until Dec. 14.

All around this quaint Oakland County town, you’ll definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for “old-timers.” Ebenezer Scrooge is usually shuffling about. Fewer bah-humbugs are in store from the Cratchit family and ghosts from A Christmas Carol, who are also afoot. Kids will get a kick out of these interactive characters that have stepped right out of a book.

Speaking of A Christmas Carol, watch for 2 and 4 p.m. showings of the stage version at the Red Devil Theater Stage on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. (Also, 6 p.m. Saturday). There also are puppet shows with Scrooge and Marley throughout the event. Plus, you’ll find ongoing games, plus activities in Tiny Tim’s Children’s Tent and even horse-drawn carriage rides.

Got wish lists? Santa Claus will be easy to spot in downtown Holly: He’s meeting kids over at the Great Lakes Market Place on South Saginaw Street. He’ll be there every weekend, along with the traditional Father Christmas, who will be in the Holly Dickens Shoppe.

Make a day out of things on Saturday, Dec. 13. The popular Run Like the Dickens Races return: The 5K walk and run and 10K run kick off around 9 a.m., and the Tiny Tim Trot is at 10:50 a.m.

See the Metro Parent listing to learn more about the 2014 Michigan’s Original Dickens Festival in Holly.

Photo by Terry L. Connell

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