With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye toward the future, the 13th anniversary of the Dickens Festival at Stadium returns to Tacoma beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The festival features German contributions to the holiday with a tribute to Stadium’s new Rhein Haus restaurant.
“The 13th anniversary of Dickens at Stadium will be an extraordinary event. Over the years, Dickens has become a cherished part of many families’ holiday experience and a way to enjoy a part of our heritage of the historic Stadium District. The feeling of Dickens is animated and magical, and simply fun for all,” states Chair, Frances Lorenz. “We look forward to making 2017 an exceptional festival with a new pet Victorian costume contest.”
The components of the festival include live music, puppet shows, Stadium business participation, Santa photo opportunities, carolers, and an inaugural Victorian pet costume contest. The event features Dickens excerpts from “A Christmas Carol,” magic skits, face painting, star making and many vendors with hand-made wares, and horse and carriage rides.
The annual free holiday festival, inspired by 19th century Victorian London, features non-stop entertainment on two stages including Dickensian tales read by Queen Victoria, Clay Martin the puppeteer and many other entertainers. Vendors peddle their wares at the Tannenbaum Tent at 2nd and G Streets, with Victorian-inspired crafts, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.
“The Stadium Business District is such a great historic place to hold an event and lends itself perfectly to the very special atmosphere that makes up a Dickens Festival,” said Val Floyd, District manager.
Horse and carriage rides will be available from noon to 3 p.m., from Rankos’ Pharmacy to the W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park where visitors can hear music and see the poinsettia exhibit.
The Tannenbaum Tent will provide non-stop entertainment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tent is located across from Stadium Thriftway at G and North 2nd Street.
King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
W.W. Seymour Conservatory from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.