Take a trip back to 1850s England at the Dickens Victorian Village in downtown Cambridge. What began as one man’s vision in 2006 has become an entire community’s hometown Christmas tradition.
Dickens Victorian Village runs from November 1 – December 31, 2023.
This annual event offers a wide variety of activities for everyone and is sure to fill your holidays with the Christmas spirit.
Dickens Welcome Center
Start your day at the Dickens Welcome Center (708 Wheeling Ave) in downtown Cambridge. Listen as volunteers, dressed in period attire, share the history of this one-of-a-kind event.
Capture special photo memories at Imagination Station. Visitors of all ages can dress up in Victorian era clothing for a free photo shoot taken on your personal device. Volunteers are on hand to assist in selecting garments and taking photos.
Check out the Curiosity Shoppe to find the perfect gift. Take home a Victorian hat, Christmas ornament, T-shirt, or choose from other unique handmade gifts.
Before heading out to enjoy the village displays, pick up a map and activities schedule. Some special activities require tickets which are available for purchase. The Welcome Center is open Mon-Thu from 10 am – 6 pm; Fri-Sat from 10 am – 7 pm.
Dickens Victorian Village
Spend the afternoon strolling along historic Wheeling Avenue, between 6th & 11th Streets to experience old world England.
Along the way, encounter 96 scenes located at lampposts, benches, and displayed in store windows. Look for scenes like Tiny Tim & Bob Cratchet, a bucket brigade, the town crier, a glassblower, and Father Christmas.
More than 180 lifelike mannequins are on display, all dressed in authentic vintage clothing. The face of each character is hand sculpted and painted by local artists. Be sure to stop and read each of their stories.
Wheeling Avenue is part of the historic National Road(Rt 40). There are many original buildings from the 1800s, each with its own charm and striking architecture.
As you walk along the route, take time to explore the eclectic shops and eateries along the way, such as Black Cat Vintage, Towne House, McKenna’s Market, Kennedy’s Bakery, and Country Bits.
Letters to Santa at Country Bits
Have little ones who want to mail a letter to Santa? Stop in at Country Bits to mail their special wish list off in style. (Letters do not receive a response)
Another downtown tradition is stopping in at Theo’s Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Established in 1931, Theo’s is, a local favorite in the heart of Dicken’s Victorian Village.
The menu offers a wide variety of selections at very reasonable prices. Save room for dessert because their pies are fabulous! Dinner reservations are accepted for parties of 5 or more.
Make your day in Cambridge extra memorable by including one or more of these special activities during your visit.
Friday & Saturday, November 24-25, 2023 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Visit the museum for FREE during the Holiday Open House event. Learn how glass was made from gathering, shaping, etching, and engraving.
Over 6,000 pieces of glassware are on display, including a special Christmas tree decorated with beautiful Cambridge Glass.
Location: 136 S. 9th Street
Saturday, November 25, 2023 from 5 pm – 7 pm. Kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Parade! Enjoy the festive floats and catch a glimpse of Santa himself! Sponsored by Cambridge Main Street.
Location: Downtown Cambridge
Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 11 am – 1 pm. Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and other Christmas characters during this annual event. Kids can enjoy make & take crafts and write letters to Santa. Sponsored by Cambridge Main Street.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Secret Santa to provide gifts for area children in need. New unwrapped toys are welcome, with a special need for those 10 and older. Purchase tickets at the Cambridge Main Street office or online here.
Admission: $5 per child
Location: Details will be provided by email to those who purchase tickets
Saturdays, November 18, December 2 & 9, 2023 from 10 am – 5 pm. History buffs will enjoy a 1 hour narrated trolley tour of Cambridge. Discover the city’s earliest origins, interesting past, stories of the Dickens Victorian Village, plus much more.
Register & pay in person at the Welcome Center. Tours depart hourly.
Admission: $10 per person
Location: Departs from the Dickens Welcome Center, 708 Wheeling Ave
Saturday, December 2 and 16, 2023 @ 1 pm. Dress in your best Victorian attire (optional) and join a traditional full English tea. Entertainment will be provided. Make reservations in advance by calling the Welcome Center at 740-421-4956.
Admission: $22 per person
Location: Masonic Ballroom, 607 Wheeling Avenue
Saturday, December 16, 2023 @ 6 pm. Stroll along the streets and enjoy the Dickens scenes by lantern or candlelight. Bring your own light and get ready for a unique holiday experience. Details.
Location: Meet at the Dickens Welcome Center, 708 Wheeling Ave
Fridays & Saturdays, November 17 – December 23, 2023 from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Take a horse drawn carriage ride around Cambridge to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. Purchase tickets at the Welcome Center or at the departure site, weather permitting.
Admission: $10 per adult, $8 (4-12), 3 & under is Free. $34/family (2 adults/2 children)
Location: West side of the Guernsey County Courthouse
Fridays & Saturdays, November 3 – December 16, 2023 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Visit the museum to learn how glass was made from gathering, shaping, etching, and engraving.
Over 6,000 pieces of glassware is on display, including a special Christmas tree decorated with beautiful Cambridge Glass.
Admission: $6 adults, $5 Seniors/AAA
Location: 136 S. 9th Street
Courthouse Light Show
Wrap up your day at the Guernsey County Courthouse which takes center stage after dark with an amazing light show.
The building is covered with 30,000 lights and 36 animated light displays, all synchronized to a festive holiday soundtrack.
The 1-hour show runs continuously from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm now through December 31st. Visitors are welcome to watch from the courthouse lawn.
For those who want to avoid the cold, parking is available on the street surrounding the courthouse. The best view from your car is on the streets to either side (some handicap parking is available).
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