The Village of Port Jefferson on Long Island will once again magically transform into the Dickensian era with streets filled with roaming characters such as Father Christmas, Dickens Mayor, Scrooge, the Town Crier and the beloved chimney sweeps.
Folks who form the roving cast of characters come from neighboring states and some from even farther, to share their costumes and old-fashioned good cheer with the public that every year waits eagerly for the first weekend in December when the quaint town hosts the beloved festival.
This year will mark the Festival’s 26th Anniversary as it continues to celebrate the cherished traditions while adding spectacular new additions for a sparkle and a smile to this magical weekend.
Produced by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council in cooperation with the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson, friends and families from across the North East, from all 50 states and, indeed, from around the globe, will gather to celebrate the beloved author and the Victorian world as we once again turn our seaport village into a living Dickens stage.
The Artisan Square, showing how hand-crafted works were made during Victorian England, and the spectacular Tiny Tim’s Train Station (a Toys for Tots location), presented by the Reed Family Train Project at the Harbormaster’s building, rounds out the big attractions. The restaurants offer Dickensian inspired fare, while the wide range of shops in the village stay open for extended hours for holiday shopping.
The Village, once again, will be rich with our troupe of Dickens’ Street Characters and alive with a host of musical, magical and theatrical presentations sure to delight the Scroogiest of curmudgeons.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all.