Dickens Holiday Festival

Dickens Holiday Festival

Sunday, December 11, 2016

From 11AM to 6PM.  

This year the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation will pay homage to the holiday spirit and Charles Dickens with its Dickens Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 11, from 11am to 6pm.  

Housed in the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution — the site of Francis Cabot Lowell’s first manufacturing Mill — the Museum is the perfect backdrop to showcase stage readings of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  Costumed actors will be reading scenes from the classic holiday tale in the Museum’s Main Gallery, which once functioned as the last boiler house for the Boston Manufacturing Company. 

The Mill’s last boiler that still stands there and the coal infused bricks are also a perfect setting for the carolers and bell ringers who will be performing in the Main Gallery in between readings.  The Very Merry Dickens Carolers and The Proper Ladies will regale audiences with songs from the age of Dickens and the industrial era that made Waltham famous.  The Merrimack Valley Ringers will delight audiences with their artistic mastery of handbells and handchimes.

The holiday merriment continues upstairs in the old engine room of the Boston Manufacturing Company.  Now a ballroom, this space will be filled with vendors hawking holiday wares for near future seasonal celebrations.  Unique or handmade items, from one-of-a-kind wrapping paper to handmade doll’s clothes to gourmet pet treats to Steampunk jewelry and so much more, will be available.  Additionally there will be yummy creations for consumption available from local shops and bakeries.

All this to be enjoyed in the decked out halls of the Museum for standard Museum admission of: $10 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Students, Free for Kids under 5, Members, and Active Duty Military