Sadly, it's come time for another season of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair to come to a close for it's 2013 season at San Francisco's Cow Palace. It's five week run has played host to tens of thousands of attendees over the course of it's run since before Thanksgiving.
For returning attendees as well as first timers, there's always an ever changing combination of things to see and do, with so many shows, merchants, areas, and characters, it's a new experience daily. The great stage shows combined with the spontaneity of the street and scene performers, as well as the large number of attendees who come in costume (it's encouraged but by no means required to come in costume) always keeps it a fresh surprise.
Beyond just the set stage schedule and the stages, there's literally hundreds of characters that fill the streets that breathe life into what starts as the outbuildings of the Cow Palace and winds up as the night before Christmas in Victorian London.
From Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens, Mr Fezziwg to Alice in Wonderland, Father Christmas to H.G. Wells to the Steam Man; these characters walk through the streets as well as perform in set pieces recreating some of everyone's favorite and most memorable scenes from the stories of the era and which still resonate today. When these larger than life characters are performing on a stage, sit back and enjoy the show, if you meet them in the streets, feel free to say hello - they don't bite (well the chimney sweeps might, the jury's still out). The main thing to keep in mind is that they're in the streets to be interactive, have fun with it.
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