Holly Dickens Festival Enchantment Continues
(Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 3, 2021)
Holly, MI – A holiday tradition continues in Downtown Holly as visitors celebrate the annual Holly Dickens Festival.
From chimney sweeps to the Queen, and even Ebenezer Scrooge himself, lads and lasses of all ages and social classes come together to partake in the festivities.
The event runs the three weekends following Thanksgiving, concluding this year on Dec. 12.
Santa was there to help light the tree, and he pops in through the weekend to welcome children and adults. But the real stars of the production are the Victorian-era dressed characters mingling among the crowd in the quaint, historic downtown. Familiar faces from the classic Charles Dicken’s story “A Christmas Carol” include Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Fezziwig’s, and sometimes even the Ghost of Christmas past. There are also children playing chimney sweepers, their faces smudged with soot, who play games in the streets and sometime break out into dance and song.
Local merchants join in the fun too, with strings of lights and boughs of evergreen garland framing the thoughtfully-decorated windows. Inside shoppers chat with the owners of small businesses and dine in the cozy cafes. Stores like Blumz, Holly Antiques, Kerton Lumber, Winglemire Furniture, Vintage Farmhouse, and Creative Fashions are great for holiday shopping, and diners might enjoy the healthy, fresh options at Holly Cafe and Holly Foods, spriits and pub food at Andy’s Place, or the elegance of Holly Hotel for fine dining in an elegant Victorian setting. The Detroit Model Railroad Club is also open for the festival, giving visitors a peek an model rail system that fills two floors of what once was a small theatre.
Below are pictures from last weekend’s fun. Get more information at the Dickens Festival website.
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