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Mad Hatter Holiday Festival in the SF Bay Area on Dec. 7

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The city of Vallejo, Calif., will become a holiday wonderland on Dec. 7 when it hosts its Fourth Annual Mad Hatter Holiday Festival. There will be costumed participants and attendees are encouraged to come in costume as well.

Since the festival is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” there will sure to be characters from the story including the Mad Hatter, of course, as well as Alice and the White Rabbit. Since Steampunk is a combination of the Victorian era, fantasy and science fiction, costumers of that genre will also be very welcome.

Free festival activities will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Unity Plaza in the city’s Historic Downtown District and will feature international food and craft vendors and other creative and unique entertainments such as street carolers and musicians as well as photo opportunities with Santa at Alice’s Palace.

The Mad Hatter Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. from Georgia Street and ends at the festival for the 6:00 p.m. tree lighting ceremony. Other than characters from Alice’s Wonderland, Santa, whimsical art cars and marching bands will be part of the parade.

The magic continues into the evening with the Mad Hatter Costume Ball: A Steampunk Wonderland Creation at Alice’s Palace starting at 7:30 p.m. For $15 (plus a service charge) in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door, you can interact with the Mad Hatter and other Wonderland costumed characters and enjoy a variety of activities to the live bluegrass music of Fiddlaround and The Raymond Victor Band.

So don your costumes and step into the rabbit hole and experience a day and a night in Wonderland.

Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.

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