“It’s a 19th-century Christmas village straight out of the pages of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—just as you might imagine it. Children of all ages truly find it magical,” said Jane Mason, director of marketing and communications for the Ohio Historical Society. “Dickens of a Christmas offer visitors a chance to experience the joy of the season but also an opportunity to learn about a different era and its holiday customs.”
For two weekends, Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas comes to life through carols, decorations, and traditions inspired by his colorful tales. Visitors can see holiday preparations underway in village homes and shops, enjoy crafting and cooking demonstrations, meet St. Nicholas and Dickens himself, hear carols by the Ohio Village Singers.
The Ohio History Store in the Village, featuring Ohio foods, candies and wines, as well as a wonderful collection of winter and holiday decorations and gifts will be open during the event for shopping.
Admission for Dickens of a Christmas at the Ohio Village is $12, $9/ages 6-12, Free/age 5 and under (OHS members: $10, $7/ages 6-12). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800.686.1541 or visit http://connect.ohiohistory.org/dickens.
Holiday Culinary Festivities
In addition to the festivities of Dickens of a Christmas, visitors who register in advance have options for a fun-filled holiday meal:
Dickens of a Dinner, December 7, 8, 14, and 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Dec 8 and 15: SOLD OUT
Experience an evening in the world of Charles Dickens. Feast on a sumptuous dinner in the American House Hotel and hear carols performed by the Ohio Village Singers. Then enjoy Dickens of a Christmas activities in the Village until 9 p.m., included with dinner ticket purchase. Advance registration required. $60. $50/OHS member. 800.686.1541.
Christmas Dinner with Lord and Lady Snobgrass, Thursday, December 13, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Thursday night dinner with the Snobgrasses. Ludicrous? Yes. Absurd? Of course! Fun and frivolity is the main course in this farcical dinner. The Snobgrasses, 19th-century English nobles who’ve become painfully aware of the lack of “proper” holiday celebrations while touring America with their servants, share their opinions and traditions. Advance registration required. $60. $50/OHS member. 800.686.1541.
Christmas Buffet, December 16, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Enjoy a buffet at the American House Hotel and hear carols performed by the Ohio Village Singers. Take in Dickens of a Christmas festivities throughout Ohio Village from noon-5 p.m., included with Christmas Buffet. Advance registration required. $44, $21.95/ages 6-12, $35/OHS member, $18.95/OHS member ages 6-12. 800.686.1541.
ABOUT THE OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND OHIO HISTORY CENTER
Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history. The Society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 50+ sites and museums and within its 283,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off Highway I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. The Ohio History Center museum is open Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Noon to 5 p.m. The Archives/Library is open Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (closed on Sunday). The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is open Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general information about the Ohio Historical Society, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.