Ripon's Dickens of a Christmasbegan when a handful of dedicated community members decided to organize a Victorian-themed festival as a tribute to the stunning Victorian architecture and homes throughout Ripon. It was also a thank you to the community and businesses for their support throughout the year. It has since grown and become one of Ripon's premiere festivals held every year the first weekend of December.
You are invited to take a step back in time with Ripon's unique festival. Event highlights include Living Windowsin downtown businesses on Friday evening, carriage rides through Historic Downtown Ripon, a Tour of Homeson Saturday, Dickens of a Quilt Show, Enchanted Forest of trees sponsored by area organizations, Breakfast with Santa and much, much more throughout the weekend. Celebrating its 22nd year in 2012, the festival will kick off on Thursday, November 29 and goes through Sunday, December 2, 2012.
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 217 Houston Street
View over 150 Nativity collections including ones from Africa Spain and Guatemala. Also, bake sale.
Dickens Information Center
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Little White Schoolhouse, 303 Blackburn Street
Stop here to purchase tickets and for the inside scoop on Dickens happenings.
Enchanted Forest* 6 p.m. - 8;30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 220 Ransom Street
Live music, beautifully decorated trees and bake sale. Admission proceed to go to the American Cancer Society and bake sale by Cheer & Stunt Squad.
Gingerbread House Contest--You Judge! ~ Farrell's Fine Furnishings
Visit with Santa at Ben Franklin
Las Posadas celebration at the VFW
Horse drawn wagon rides by WellSpring Farm courtesy of "Golden Rule" Community Credit Union
Live Nativity Scene, Street Performers...and MORE!
Sponsored by Ripon Chamber.
Photo courtesy of Ripon Commonwealth Press
7 p.m.-8 pm Re-enactment
Open space at 220 Watson Street
Gingerbread House Contest & Display
Vote for your favorite house on Friday until 8pm and Saturday until 4pm at
Farrell's Fine Furnishings, 214 Watson Street
To enter the contest contact Troy at (920) 748-6370
Giant Knitting Needle Races
6:45 to 8:30 p.m.
115 Watson Street
White Christmas on the Green
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Village Green
Decorate a community Christmas tree while enjoying the sounds of the season!
Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies, as well the boarding area for the horse drawn carriage rides.
Las Posadas Re-enactment of Mary & Joseph's search for lodging 7:15 p.m. Procession down Watson Street with traditional hymns 8:00 p.m. Traditional Mexican food, beverages and Pinata. VFW Hall, 404 Ransom Street
Dickens Christmas Shop
5pm - 9pm
303 Watson Street
Hand-made arts, crafts and more
A Spot of Tea & A Bit of Music
8p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Downhill Coffee 3 Harris Street
Cozy atmosphere to warm up and enjoy Britan's favorite beverage
or another of your choosing.