Thanks for a great 2012 Dickens Festival! Here are some pictures and video from local photographer, Don Groff:
The Narberth Dickens Festival
December 8, 2012, Noon - 4pm
The Narberth Dickens Festival is a free family event held each December on the streets of downtown Narberth. It draws thousands to Narberth every year, and it has become the fastest-growing holiday festival in the Philadelphia area. In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840's London, as Ebeneezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for an afternoon.
There are activities for all ages, including a free and extremely popular scavenger hunt for the children, which sends them searching high and low for Dickens characters in order to win a prize. The Victorian top hat prizes are worn proudly all afternoon by hundreds of kids throughout Narberth's festive downtown. Hats from previous years are often adorned with Dickens Fest commemorative pins.
The 2012 Narberth Dickens Festival includes:
Ebeneezer Scrooge and all the characters from “A Christmas Carol”
dozens of period-authentic costumed performers
free scavenger hunt & free prize for kids - 1pm to 3pm or while prize supplies last
horse and carriage rides through the Narberth streets
authentic Victorian carolers
free craft activities for kids
professional ice sculpting display
free showing of A Muppet Christmas Carol - on two screens at 11am at Narberth Stadium 2 on N. Narberth Ave
free "Nutcracker" dance performances from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
- Dickens "tattoos" and face painting for kids
- 3 free hot toddies from local establishments (one from each) in any souvenir mug
free first cup of coffee or hot chocolate in any souvenir tin cup, plus drink and soup discounts all day
period-authentic vendors and street food
What does it look like?
The theater, cheer and exuberance of recent
Dickens Festival has been captured by some wonderful local photographers. Don Groff is a photographer, travel writer, and editor at the Philadelphia
Daily News. Narberth natives, Avi and Nicolai Fox, operate Avi Loren Fox Photography.
See 2011 Gallery
See 2010 Slideshow and Video
See 2009 Slideshow
Where is it?
The festival is spread over a few blocks of downtown Narberth. The main festival tents are stationed at the corner of Forrest Ave & Haverford Ave, Narberth PA. (See map)
What does it cost?
Thanks to the generous donation of sponsorship dollars and manpower from the members of the Narberth Business Association, entrance into the festival and most of the activities are free. Carriage rides cost $5, and there are a few souvenirs for sale as well.
Narberth is just three stops from 30th street station on the Paoli/Thorndale (R-5) regional rail line. If you are coming from Philly, or from other spots on the Main Line, check the Saturday Septa schedule here.
There is metered and unmetered parking on streets near the festival. There are also lots at Narberth Borough Hall (100 Conway Ave), behind Citizens Bank on Haverford Ave, in the Elmwood Ave Septa lot on the other side of the train station, and next to St Margaret's School.
The Scavenger Hunt
From 1pm to 3pm
during the festival, or while prizes last, children of all ages can come
to the main booth at the corner of Forrest and Haverford Ave to begin the
scavenger hunt. We have top hats and two different festival
pins for prizes. So kids who already have top hats are encouraged to
wear them down to the festival and decorate them with one of the colorful pins!
A Muppet Christmas Carol - Free Movie at the Narberth Movie Theater
scavenger hunt starts, get into the spirit of the Dickens Festival with a free
showing of A Muppet Christmas Carol at the Narberth Movie
Theatre, the Narberth Stadium 2, on N. Narberth Ave. The 11am start time
is perfect for kids who want to learn the the Dickens story before
hitting the streets and searching for the characters. This Rated G
movie is loved by adults and kids of all ages, and runs 89 minutes. It is
showing on both screens, but don't be late, because the theaters will fill up
Academy of Ballet, "on the hill" of N. Narberth Avenue Ave,
will host three performances during the Festival. On the
hour at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, the double feature performances will begin with
a ten-minute warm-up performance. This will be followed by a twenty
minute excerpt from the Academy's performance of a Nutcracker Suite.
The 2012 Festival is on! It looks like the worst of the weather has passed us. If the weather is ever too bad to proceed, we'll hold the festival the next day, which is a Sunday.
How do I get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved, as a performer, vendor or volunteer, e-mail the Narberth Business Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I'm already involved, what do I need to know?
Make sure you have your costume ready, and that you have any tables, tents, or props you need. If you need a costume, we can rent one for you inexpensively.