Celebrate the holidays – in Victorian style

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Celebrate the holidays – in Victorian style

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Nothing gets us in the Christmas spirit like a great night of Victorian characters, ice skating, performing artists, a live Nativity scene, holiday treats, caroling, Santa Claus – and a HUGE Christmas tree.

And we know exactly where we can find all of that in one night: at Spartanburg’s Dickens of a Christmas celebration.

The 24th annual event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Presented by the City of Spartanburg, AT&T and Denny’s, we love it all. But the highlight of the night for us will be the tree-lighting in Denny’s Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

“If someone has never been to Spartanburg’s annual Dickens of a Christmas, they are missing an event that allows them to step back in time about 150 years ago,” said Mandy Merck with the City of Spartanburg.

Come join us as we show off our skating skills at the ice rink on Morgan Square. Then stroll with us through downtown Spartanburg, where we will enjoy some holiday goodies and visit with some of our favorite store owners and vendors.

Along the way, we’ll watch dancers in store windows and hear musicians show off their talents. Don’t forget to visit with Victorian characters who will take us back in time to the era of Dickens. And the live Nativity scene, which will transport us back to a time even longer ago.

As we make our way down the street toward Denny’s Plaza to see the annual tree-lighting, we’ll be dreaming of chestnuts roasting on the open fire and Jack Frost nipping at our nose. But we’ll really be thinking of what we’re going to ask Santa for Christmas.

If you’ve been to Dickens of a Christmas before, we know we’ll see you again this year. The number of stops has grown from 30 in 2013 to 43 last year and 56 this year. We even hear there will be a surprise visit from Queen Victoria herself.

And if you haven’t been, come see what you’re missing.

“Of course we want people to come for this unique festival, but we want the 10,000-plus people who come to the festival to see how wonderful downtown is today…in 2017,” Merck said. “If they haven’t been in a while, they are definitely going to be very surprised when they see new shops, new restaurants, new office spaces, and new places to live.

“We want people to shop in the festival Christmas Market that we have -- and eat from the food vendors we’ve brought in -- but we also want them to shop and eat from the downtown businesses. We want festival-goers to see all of these places, and come back!”

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