A Dickens of a Christmas

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Unfortunately, The City of Spartanburg has decided to cancel the 2020 Dickens of a Christmas due to COVID-19.

Thinking about heading to Spartanburg for A Dickens of a Christmas? This unique Victorian Christmas festival has carolers, horse-drawn carriages, a festive holiday market, tree lighting and so much more! Local mom Andrea has attended A Dickens of a Christmas and is sharing her experience so you’ll know just what to expect when you head out this year.

It’s November. Thanksgiving has yet to arrive but Christmas trees are sprouting up all around. People are in the Christmas spirit and if the weather would cooperate, we would be in business. Although it’s my favorite holiday, I am going to skip over Thanksgiving and introduce you to Spartanburg’s festival called A Dickens of a Christmas.

If you’re like me and need a little extra push this time of year, this is the event for you.

What’s A Dickens Of A Christmas?

You won’t have to open a storybook to see Victorian carolers and horse-drawn carriages. Both come alive during this (pre) Christmas celebration. I’m trying to decide if I want to compare the night to a Charles Dickens book or to Time Square in New York, because there’s ice skating and the lighting of the big tree takes place in Denny’s Plaza!

Children of all ages will enjoy crafts and pictures with Santa.  Window shopping is taken to new heights with living displays. Downtown stores and the Christmas Market provide all the ladies with their “shopping fix” while other family members are entertained watching street performers.  That’s what makes A Dickens of a Christmas so special, there’s something for everyone.

If these activities cause you to work up an appetite, there will be plenty of food and drink vendors. Make sure to bring cash!

If it is a school night, my plan is to arrive early to experience all the yule-tide cheer before the lighting of the tree. Once it’s lit, we’ll hit the road so my reindeer can get to bed on time.

There’s a shortlist of “Do’s and Don’ts” from the City of Spartanburg at the A Dickens of a Christmas event page.

Would A Dickens Of A Christmas be the perfect way to kick off your family’s Christmas?

About the Author
Andrea works for the Greenville County School System, but her passion is writing! Greenville has always been her home. Her family enjoys exploring everything the town has to offer.

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