A Day of Merriment at the Dicken's Fair

    • Interested in going to the Dicken's Faire, ladies and gents, please join us on December 15th for merriment and a cup of cheer at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

    • BTW we can get a group discount if there are 15 of us... Instead of $26 we can get it at $17... so let me know.. We can also carpool.. If you do.. please help out with gas and bridgetoll...We will meet up at the front gate of the Cow Palace Exhibition Hall.

    • Please get your tickets by Dec. 5 and get $5 off if we don't get upt to 15 people by this date.

    • http://dickensfair.com/

      Note: this is a limited seating RSVP event, so only RSVP if you intend to show up. No-shows will be removed from the group on this event.

      The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London -  an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It's a twilight evening in Charles Dickens' London Town - a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Cries of street vendors hawking their wares ring out above the bustling crowd. Dozens of lamplit shops are filled to overflowing with Christmas gifts. The Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970 and a splendid way to celebrate the holidays.


      Note: this is a limited seating RSVP event, so only RSVP if you intend to show up. No-shows will be removed from the group on this event.

      Reviews about the Dicken's Faire

      • San Jose, CA


        I am a Victorian Era enthusiast. There's great acting, food and wares. These are my tips:

        1) There's a free coat check with a tip jar. I recommend bringing a coat because it'll be freezing when you get out.
        2) Grab cash before you go, since there's a fee and the ATMs don't look secure.
        3) The French Postcard event is great for people who don't mind a little show. ;)
        4) Wear comfortable shoes! You don't want to wear heels where the cows roamed.
        5) Moderate your Absinthe intake. The environment will look trippy when you're drunk.

        I haven't decided a date for this year's trip, but I bet it'll be just as great as last year.

      • Modesto, CA


        I'd heard about the mirth and magic surrounding this place but hadn't tried it until last weekend.

        Man oh man there were so many things to see, some of which I didn't need to see like the busty wenches with apples between their breasteses. Yes I did partake but in a very joking way and yes someone did capture me in a photo.

        I loved how genuine things were both coming from the actors, actresses and faire-goers as well! Every shop had unique items some of which you could partake outside of the faire (grabbed a lot of business cards) and the foods smelled delectable eventhough we ate outside of the faire due to the long lines.

        The faire was very cool and I am most definitely making this a yearly event on my calendar! Also this faire reunited me with some very good friends from high school, how cool is that?

      • El Sobrante, CA


        My family and I have been going every year for about 12 years now.   Its always fun and the atmosphere is quite magical. The shows are fun and there is something to do for all ages.  From games and fencing for the kids to window shopping for Dad at the Corset Shop.

        I would recommend getting there right as they open, you can beat the crowd and see the short opening  ceremony where they introduce a lot of the Dickens characters and then the curtains open and London is revealed. The costumes are amazing and the people are quite good at staying in character.

        I enjoy the dancing at Fezziwigs Warehouse, if you don't know how there are plenty of folks there willing to teach you. For lunch I like the Meat Pie Shop and there are some good dessert places thereabouts as well.

        Its one of the best places around for people watching.  Lots of great outfits, some more reveling than others.  It's also fun to watch the public's reaction to the characters wandering around.   Spend a few minutes following the ghost of Christmas future around and watch what happens.

        I highly recommend the fair for local families as well as a great place to bring out of town visitors. Its like seeing another country without needing a passport.

      • Alameda, CA

        12/9/2011 1 Check-in Here

        Want to celebrate the holidays, but think mall Santas and icy cold weather are too passe? The Dickens Fair has got you covered.

        Grab yerself a Hot Toddy, hang out with the fake drunks, see a show or three, play a game of Boot the Cat, and enjoy yourself in this little slice of Victorian England conveniently brought over to sunny California.

      • San Jose, CA

        12/7/2011 2 Check-ins Here

        I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!! And if you do too...The Dickens Fair is a MUST MUST MUST!!! Imagine traveling back in time to Victorian London, where the men and women are dressed so finely... What makes it even better is when I dress up too! I feel like I'm a part of the show baby!

        Cost is $25pp. Parking is $10. Not too shabby for the show you'll be getting inside. They have different stages doing different plays, musicals and such. Just follow the agenda from the newspapers they provide for you once you get in. I personally like the Aladdin and Cinderella one.

        The food is great! Many different bars throughout the Cow Palace. The Bohemian bar has a special Raspberry Cider which is delish for only $7! It'll definitely give you a buzz!

        I also LOVE the MEAT PIES which are priced between $5-$6.50. They are the same vendors at the Renaissance Faire at Casa De Fruta. I love it! The biscuit is so flaky and crispy. I really enjoy the steak & mushroom one, and the fiance likes the Cottage Pie!

        I just went this past weekend. We go annually and I can't wait to go again next year!

      • Palo Alto, CA


        My friend invited me to celebrate her Birthday going to the Dickens Fair last Sunday.

        We arrived around 4:30 and took advantage of the "Half OFF" discount (entry after 4PM).

        We felt so underdressed!!! It was amazing the many people (including visitors) who dressed up in hoop skirts, corset, tall hats!! WOW ..we felt like we went back to a whole different era! AWESOME!!!

        There were many many interesting performances, mostly musical...some comedy, dancing... certainly no boring moment at all!!

        We browsed around the cute stores selling beautiful hair pins, head pieces, magic wands, corset!! The corset store was my favorite!! There were a couple of models modeling the corset inside this glass window.. They were sexy and HOT!

        There are food court if you're hungry and snack carts selling popcorn, sweet nuts!! yummm!!! Bring cash with you!

        The event is indoor so it's weather proof!

        We said to ourselves... "we will be back next year, all dressed up and ready to party!!" I can't wait til next year.. I will certainly go back for more "London!"

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  • Steve R.

    Sorry I cannot make at the last minute but can't change thre RSVP for technical reasons

    December 15, 2012

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