The town of Holly Dickens Festival...
Just a little ways north of where I live is the quaint little town of Holly. The town was named Holly because of the numerous holly plants that grow in the area. It is a very small town but it's a town with a big heart. Every year, since 1975, the town has hosted an annual Dickens Festival. If you are looking for an over done and commercialized extravaganza then this Dickens festival is not for you but if you would like to step back in time for just a little while and enjoy the sites and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas then this is the place to be.
The historical Holly Hotel is reason enough to visit here. It's a place where you can have lunch, or dinner, and perhaps even tea. The hotel is host to many events and is famous for it's in resident ghost.
The Dickens Festival runs from the last week of November through December 18Th. Each week is a little different with this or that event taking place. http://www.dickensfestivalholly.org/
On festival days you an participate in some old fashioned games in front of the Holly Hotel if you wish.
The town also has a warming tent in place as some weekends it can get extremely cold. There is usually some type of entertainment in the tent and sometimes they even sell plum pudding.
Many of the local merchants get into the spirit of the festival. They wear costumes and put up displays like the one seen here.
Most of the shops are open on festival days and sell an array of interesting items.
One of the shops has a Santa where children can stop by to visit and have they're picture taken.
On all of the main street corners fire pits have been set up so that visitors can warm they're hands. There are stacks of logs along side of these pits and everyone is invited to toss a log in if the fire starts to get low.
Periodically throughout the day performances are scheduled. This booth indicates what time the next show is set to begin.
Sometimes vendors come to sell they're wares.
The day my hubby and I went to the festival we saw a rendition of 'A Christmas Carol.'
Sometimes there are Christmas Carolers singing on the street corners. Other times, perhaps a Punch and Judy show, face painting, a cookie contest, and almost always roasted chestnuts are sold on the street. All of the people in the town are very warm and friendly. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon.
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The Spirits of all Three strive within me. I will not shut out the lesson that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone."
-A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens-
I hope all of you are having a good week!
With warmest regards, Carol