A Dickens Of A Time: 10 Charles Dickens Festivals For The Holidays.
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Holly Dickens Festival in Holly, Michigan, US – Perhaps it’s the enduring legacy of Dickens’ writings, the authenticity of his characters, or the American preoccupation with all things charmingly British – whatever the reason, most of the world’s Dickens festivals take place in the USA. Holly, a village about an hour outside of Detroit, holds the distinction of hosting America’s oldest and longest-running Dickensian event. The festival is spread across three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas (late November to mid-December), with highlights including the traditional Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, a parade in Holly’s historic downtown, and the grand Fezziwig’s Ball. If you’re in need of some Victorian duds to complete your look, check out the Dickens Holly Shoppe that pops up every year. [Photo: Holly Dickens Festival via Facebook]