Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas 2018 December 7-9 Schedule of Events

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Dickens Of A Quilt Show presented by Horicon Bank & The Sew Happy Stitchers
Horicon Bank, 400 Watson Street
See schedule below for times

Dress-a-Doll Contest
BMO Harris Bank, 333 Blackburn St. prior to Dickens Weekend and at the Enchanted Forest
Sponsored by Annette and the late Don Klein. Cast your vote for the “Best of Show” by making a donation for area food pantries in a canister next to each doll.

Enchanted Forest
A variety of Christmas trees are decorated by various service clubs, organizations, and civic groups.  In addition musicians from the area perform during the event.  The Ripon High School Key Club hosts this event and suggests a $2 donation to support its initiatives. 

Christmas Crèche Display
Grace Lutheran Church, 430 Griswold St.
View Nativity collections from throughout the world
Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 9am-3pm

Gingerbread House Contest & Display
The aroma of holiday spices, candy canes, sugar gumdrops, and gingerbread will swirl through the air. The contest is hosted by Farrell’s Fine Furnishings throughout the weekend.

Unique Shopping Opportunities
Find the perfect holiday gifts for the special people in your life
at one of Ripon’s many unique shops!

Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Treats
Try out Ripon’s fine restaurants and fun places to treat yourself  

 

FRIDAY, December 7

24th Annual Dickens of A Quilt Show
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Horicon Bank, 400 Watson Street

A Christmas Carol:  The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge
3:45 p.m.
Ripon Public Library 120 Jefferson Street.
A performance from the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company.  Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer with no care for anything other than his money.  His one and only friend visits him as a ghost and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for, and giving to others.

Christmas Crèche Display
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church, 430 Griswold St.
View Nativity collections from throughout the world

Fezziwig’s Festival
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Ripon
Enjoy this winter carnival event by strolling Downtown Ripon to see Santa Claus, check out ice sculptures, take a horse and carriage ride, enjoy musical performances and hurl a fruit cake in the Dickens Fruit Cake Toss!  In addition enjoy the many unique shopping opportunities and wonderful dining choices available that night!

Historical Society Open House
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
508 Watson Street

Enchanted Forest hosted by RHS Key Club*
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location:  110 Blackburn Street at the Wisconsin Reclamation Project Building
A $2 donation is suggested to help support the initiatives of the RHS Key Club.  Parking is available behind the location in the City of Ripon Municipal Lot.

Dress-a-Doll Contest
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Held at the Enchanted Forest
Sponsored by Annette and the late Don Klein. Cast your vote for the “Best of Show” by making a donation for area food pantries in a canister next to each doll.

Las Pasados
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile 329 Watson Street
Ripon College’s La Unida, a Hispanic student organization, will host a Las Posadas cultural event from 6-9 p.m. Friday December 7, as part of Dickens of a Christmas. The event will be held at Bovay’s Study Bar and Mercantile located at 329 Watson Street.  Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition that celebrates and re-creates the journey Joseph and Mary undertook to find a place for Baby Jesus to be born. This sometimes also is celebrated in the southern United States.  During Las Posadas, people walk through town and stop at certain locations singing Christmas carols and asking for lodging. In Mexico, this is a nine-evening celebration, but for Ripon’s event, there will be a procession for only the one night.  Lyrics of the carols, which will be sung in Spanish, will be provided.

A Christmas Carol in Four Staves
7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church 220 Ransom Street
Presented by the Green Lake Festival of Music.  A solo performance of the historic 1868 public reading text with live musical underscore performed by Frank Babbitt.

Gingerbread House Contest & Display
Vote for your favorite house on Friday until 8pm and Saturday until 4pm
Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, 214 Watson Street
To enter the contest contact Troy at (920) 748-6370

SATURDAY, December 8

Breakfast with Santa*
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
J’s BBQ, 333 Watson St.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with Jolly Ole St. Nick and Mrs. Claus.  Adults:  $10, Kids 3-10 $5, Kids 2 and under FREE!

Holiday Craft Show
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Maplecrest Manor, 150 N. Douglas Street
Purchase gifts from area crafters. Proceeds go to a local area charity
Crafters can call 920-748-7300 to register.

Christmas Crèche Display
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church, 430 Griswold St.
View Nativity collections from throughout the world 

24th Annual Dickens of A Quilt Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Horicon Bank, 400 Watson Street

Artisan Marketplace
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vines & Rushes Winery, 410 County Rd. E
Featuring local artisans displaying their unique homemade items.

Grab a Gift Shopping Spree
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ripon Union Hall, 443 Scott Street
Crafts, Christmas Gifts, Decorations, Food, Beverages, Raffle.

2018 Tour of Homes*
Featuring Tours of Ripon Homes & Business
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Showcasing unique designs from a variety of decades that feature exquisite holiday décor.$10 in advance and $12 door.

Ripon Area Model Railroad Club Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
635 W. Oshkosh Street (Ripon Baptist Church)
Featuring HO Scale, N Scale, and Lionel Scale

Historical Society Open House
10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
508 Watson Street

Enchanted Forest hosted by RHS Key Club*
10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  110 Blackburn Street at the Wisconsin Reclamation Project Building
A $2 donation is suggested to help support the initiatives of the RHS Key Club.  Parking is available behind the location in the City of Ripon Municipal Lot.

Dress-a-Doll Contest
10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Held at the Enchanted Forest
Sponsored by Annette and the late Don Klein. Cast your vote for the “Best of Show” by making a donation for area food pantries in a canister next to each doll.

Gingerbread House Contest & Display
Vote for your favorite house on Friday until 8pm and Saturday until 4pm
Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, 214 Watson Street
To enter the contest contact Troy at (920) 748-6370

Ripon Legion Soup and Sandwich Dinner*
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall, 113 E. Fond du Lac Street

28th Annual Living Windows
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ~ HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RIPON
Live windows depicting our theme of Santa’s Village.  Watch as Windows come alive with scenes from a variety of locations in Santa’s Village.  Enjoy strolling carolers and musicians, take a horse drawn carriage ride, get up close and person with live reindeer, visit with Santa and so much more.  Create new family traditions and make a holiday memory that will last forever.

SUNDAY, December 9

24th Annual Dickens of A Quilt Show
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Horicon Bank, 400 Watson St.
Quilts of Valor presentation ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Noon Kiwanis Holiday Movie Marathon
11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Ripon High School Auditorium
Free and open to everyone.  Movies include Rudloph at 11am, The Santa Clause 12:15pm, Muppet Christmas Carol 2:15pm, White Christmas 4pm.  Come for one or come for all!

Quilts of Valor Presentation
1:00 p.m.
Horicon Bank, 400 Watson St.Beginning in 2012, the Sew Happy Stitchers Quilt Guild has presented Quilts of Valor to local area veterans. They present these patriotic themed quilts at a Memorial Day ceremony held in Ripon and also at the Dickens of a Christmas Quilt Show.  Quilts are made by guild members and accepted as donations from fellow quilters.

Ripon College Holiday Performance
3:15 p.m.
Demmer Recital Hall, CJ Rodman Center for the Arts, Ripon College, Union Street

Schedule subject to change
*There is a fee for these events.
Tickets for events will be available at the Ripon Chamber Office.
For more information:  www.ripon-wi.com • 920.748.6764

Parking available in municipal lots, city streets, and BMO Harris Bank Parking Lot.

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Sponsored by:  

Wurtz Law Office
Ripon Area Builders