Reservations are going fast but Clevelanders still have time to experience a Victorian Christmas celebration inspired by British author Charles Dickens at the historical Ohio Village in Columbus, Ohio at their multiple Dickens of a Christmas holiday events. Columbus is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.
Dickens of a Christmas Each Christmas season, Ohio Village transforms itself into a Victorian village filled with crafts, decorations and traditions of the Victorian era with activities like caroling, cooking demonstrations, craft and artisan demonstrations and samplings of food from that time period --- all inspired by Dickens' vision of the holiday season.
Special Historical Note: Charles Dickens actually visited Ohio in 1842 just about the time he published the classic Christmas tale, "A Christmas Carol."
As visitors stroll the historic Village, they will encounter a variety of 19th century costumed characters as well as St Nicholas and "Charles Dickens" himself.
Dickens of a Christmas is being offered December 13, 14, 20 and 21 and 22. Hours are 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours on Sunday, December 22 are noon - 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for youth (6-12). Children under 6 are free. Parking is free.
Also being offered is a Dickens of a Dinner where guests will enjoy a holiday feast at the American House Hotel while being entertained by the Ohio Village Singers as they perform Christmas carols. Guests will also be able to enjoy all the festivities of the Dickens of a Christmas celebration in the Village until 9 p.m. (included with the dinner). The dinner is from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per person and reservations are required. Call 800-686-1541 for reservations. Available dates are Friday, December 13, Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21.
Ohio Village is also offering a Christmas Buffet being held at the American House Hotel on Sunday, December 22 (with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Guests will partake of the buffet and entertainment by the Ohio Village Singers in addition to all the activities at the Dickens of a Christmas celebration in the Village. Cost is $44 for adults and $21.95 for ages 6-12. Advance reservations are required.
For more information about any of the Dickens of a Christmas events at Ohio Village call 800-686-1541 or get online at www.ohiohistory.org.
Ohio Village is located at 800 E. 17th St. (near I-71) in Columbus, Ohio. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.