Garrison, the Christmas Capital of North Dakota, will open The Dickens Village Festival for its 23rd year.
I went to check out the set up and find out what makes Dickens Village so special.
McKaila Matteson/Garrison Convention of Visitors Bureau Director: “Everybody says their Christmas doesn’t begin until they attend Dickens, so I really believe that”
(Becky Farr, KX News)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Christmas set Victorian London, that is.
Matteson: “I just think you need to start your Christmas off by coming to a small quaint village, a town that turns into a Victorian village. It really begins your Christmas with a lot of small town hospitality.”
This year the Dickens Village Festival includes Tiny Tim’s version of a Christmas Carol, a fruit cake toss, English high tea, and of course rides on the Queen Elizabus.
New this year is the Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild quilt exhibit and a creative Christmas Tree display that you can vote for your favorite.
By Friday, this auditorium will have become Victorian street market, Piccadilly Square for craft vendors.
Even Wally the Walleye is dressed for the occasion.
Matteson: “Find your Christmas magic at the Dickens Village Festival.”
The Dickens Village Festival begins this Friday and is open Friday and Saturday, for the next two weekends to follow.
Local businesses and street food vendors will be dressed the part as all of Main Street transforms into a Victorian Christmas village.
You can find more information about events and activities happening at Dickens Village on its website.