The Dickens Festival Holiday Craft Fair is a beloved Braintree tradition. Held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, All Souls Church is transformed into a festive Victorian marketplace decked out for the Christmas season. The Dickens Festival is a touchstone for the holidays that offers our community the gift of a traditional holiday experience filled with good cheer and good fun!
This year the Dickens Festival and will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Dickens Festival is a unique entertainment and shopping experience with something for the young and young at heart. Admission is free and there are many things for sale. Be sure to visit Father Christmas (our Victorian Santa Claus) for FREE and take pictures with your camera or cell phone. He will be seated in his chair on the steps of our Sanctuary Market near the Christmas tree or in our Parish Hall Market. Or you may see him outside, waving to passersby. Father Christmas is great with persons of all ages and abilities.
Interact with costumed characters from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and join in with our carolers. Visit our Markets where some of the best area artisans in Victorian costume sell their handcrafted goods.
Take home an Apple Pie from our Pies by Guys Baking Crew. Buy one to eat and one to freeze! Stock up on baked goods and take a chance on some fantastic raffles ... gift certificates and items donated by area merchants.
The Dickens Festival is known for its fun atmosphere, unique gifts and quality, handmade merchandise. Come to the Dickens Festival for some old fashioned spirit to start off your holiday season!
We are excited to announce that REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN for the 2023 Dickens Festival Holiday Craft Fair!
PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATIONS ARE ONLY ACCEPTED VIA OUR EVENTBRITE TICKETING PAGE. IF YOU ARE CONTACTED BY SOMEONE ON FACEBOOK OR VIA EMAIL REQUESTING PAYMENT, THIS IS A SCAM AND SHOULD BE REPORTED, THEN IGNORED. PAYMENT IS COLLECTED BY EVENTBRITE AT THE TIME THE RESERVATION IS MADE. We are sorry to have to post this warning, but many area churches and fairs have been targeted.
As we did last year, we will have five artisan spaces in the Parish Hall and 22 spaces in the Sanctuary, so we can host 27 artisans in all. Artisan fees are the same as they were in 2019! Shoppers have also started asking if we will be holding the Dickens Festival this year, so we anticipate a good crowd!