HOLLY — The oldest, longest running Dickens Festival in the United States continues with the 2018 season, marking the 45th year of everyone’s favorite time of the year!
Continuing momentum brings this fun and event-filled celebration back again for the enjoyment of young and old.
Set in Historic downtown Holly, the annual festival spans three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The 2018 season features the following at 100 Battle Alley in the village:
• November 23*, 24, 25
• December 1-2 & 8-9
• Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Sundays: Noon – 5 p.m.
The 5th Annual Fezziwig’s Ball will be held Nov. 17, from 7—10 p.m. at the Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley. Live entertainment, cash bar, and strolling appetizers. Period attire suggested, holiday attire requested. Tickets available at the Holly Hotel, Holly Village offices & participating merchants. Tickets $30 per person or $50 per couple at: www.eventbrite.com/e/fezziwigs-ball-dickens-festival fundraiser-tickets-50768954309 .
Friday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. a Carol Sing will occur at the Presbyterian Church, 207 E Maple St., followed by a lighted night parade at 7:30 p.m. starting at the Holly Elementary School (801 E. Maple and then the Tree Lighting ceremony, downtown on the Oh! Christmas Tree stage, featuring the official Arrival of Santa Claus! Also during the Tree Lighting Ceremony the Holly Chamber of Commerce will announce the Individual of the Year, Family of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Business of the Year.
Holly High School Theatre Department will present two full performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Sunday, Dec. 3 and Sunday Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. held at The Vault, 202 S. Saginaw, Holly. This stage production uses an original script based on the traditional tale by Charles Dickens. Travel with Scrooge as we meet the wonderful rich characters of this much-loved Christmas story. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors at: ShowTix4u.com or at the door beginning at 4 p.m.
Portions of this presentation will also be presented in street theatre style, on several stages throughout the downtown area. A tour guide will lead you to meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Selected scenes from the show are woven together with narration by one of our friendly tour guides.
Tours are Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10. Tours of 35 minutes leave every 15 minutes between 2 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from the “Scrooge & Marley” stage, near the corner of Broad Street and Battle Alley, across the street from the Holly Hotel. All stages are within walking distance. The openair presentation, which contains selected scenes from the stage production, is free but donations to the theatre department are appreciated.
Details on all events and updates on current happenings follow the Dickens Festival on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/hollydickensfestival/ — P.S.