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Dickens Fair at Home

All Day, Nov 28, 2020

Red Barn Productions is pleased to announce Dickens Fair at Home, a free online Christmas compendium that brings home the magic of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party - a beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Like most other in-person events in 2020, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair was forced to cancel its 2020 season. But beginning Saturday, November 21 fans of the Dickens Fair will be able to visit a new section of the Dickens Fair website and be treated to a variety of holiday opportunities to play at home. New content will be added weekly and each weekend brings different delights. Guests will have free access to videos from Fair favorites like Charles Dickens reading A Christmas Carol, traditional Victorian songs from the Coventry Carolers (with downloadable sheet music), Punch & Judy puppet shows, craft projects, children’s stories, and so much more. Other treats include downloadable recipes such as cinnamon roasted almonds, brandied eggnog, and roasted chestnuts. 

Famous for its handcrafted artisan gifts, visitors can also purchase one-of-a-kind treasures online directly from nearly 50 Dickens Fair artisans! Holiday shoppers are encouraged to support the Dickens Christmas Fair arts community by purchasing these unique wares handcrafted by generations of talented and dedicated craftspeople.

Dickens Fair at Home will culminate on Christmas Eve, December 24 with “The Hallelujah Chorus” sing-along with the Fezziwig Family, a full reading of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, and Father Christmas reading and responding to children’s holiday wishes. For a full list of each weekend’s offerings, please visit:

“Although we will miss gathering in person, we intend to bring the heart of Dickens into everyone’s homes this winter,” said co-producer Kevin Patterson. “We used this forced hiatus to create a gift for our fans, and have come together with our performers, designers, and craftspeople to present ‘Dickens Fair at Home’ to bring a bit of Victorian London and the warmth of human kindness into our homes this winter. Even with the necessary State restrictions, Christmas is not cancelled!”
“Our community of artists have lost all their shows this year, but many have continued to create fantastic works of art during this time off with the hope of selling online. When you buy directly from the artists, you help them survive until live shows return and you get something of true quality,” says Fair co-producer and vendor manager Leslie Patterson. “By giving hand-crafted gifts, everyone wins.”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair was originally conceived and created by Ron and Phyllis Patterson in 1970, inspired by their successful Renaissance Pleasure Faire (the first Renaissance Faire in America), which they brought to the San Francisco Bay Area during the Summer of Love in 1967. Their son Kevin Patterson, along with his co-producers, wife Leslie Patterson and eldest son, Andrew Patterson, have helmed the Dickens Fair since 2000; along with son Michael and Punch & Judy Puppetmaster brother Brian Patterson, they will continue a 50-year family tradition of presenting deeply immersive, historically authentic environmental theater!

WHAT: Dickens Fair at Home - A free, online Victorian Sampler or Compendium that brings home the magic of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party

WHEN: Opens Saturday, November 21 and runs through Christmas Eve, December 24. New content added each weekend.

WHERE: Online only at



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