(Berkeley Springs, WV) — Bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, the second annual A Dickens of a Christmas in Berkeley Springs is coming the first two weekends in December to the downtown area of historic Berkeley Springs. Mark your calendars for December 6th and 7th, along with December 13th and 14th for the holiday fun.
Activities throughout the town
Activities this year are spread throughout the town, with the very popular TreeFest anchoring the activities at 45 Fairfax Street. This magical setting of beautiful trees, decorated by area businesses and organizations, is also headquarters for a certain older gentleman from the north, along with his wife. Visitors are invited to stop by this venue as a first step to pick up a handy map showing all the participating locations around town and listing participating businesses.
A Yule log will be located in the Berkeley Springs State Park. Holly will be provided in the English tradition of making a wish and tossing the sprig into the fire for good luck throughout the upcoming year.
Shops to stay open late, and music too
Downtown shops are staying open until 7:00 p.m. both Saturdays during the event, and many are offering Dickens specials, discounts, and refreshments of the season. Many of the town’s fine restaurants are offering specials as well. Look for staffs at both stores and restaurants dressed in period costumes.
Vendors offering a wide range of crafts and specialties will be at 99 North Washington Street and the New Granary at 143 North Mercer Street. In addition to unique items for sale, refreshments will be offered at these locations.
An extended musical program guaranteed to put visitors in the holiday spirit will be ongoing each day of the event at Black Cat Music, 155 Independence Street. Programs for musical activities will be available at Black Cat and at 45 Fairfax Street. Carolers and characters from A Christmas Carol will wander the streets over the two weekends, and visitors are encouraged to join in the holiday songs.
Local radio station Max 92.9 will be doing live remotes both Saturdays during A Dickens of a Christmas in Berkeley Springs. Look for them in the Fairfax Street area.
Horse drawn carriage, art classes and more
One of the most popular events last year, the horse-drawn carriage rides, will be back this year, departing from The Country Inn and touring the town the “old fashioned way.”
A raffle of wonderful items provided by local merchants will be held during the event at a location to be announced. Raffle items include an antique bicycle, gift certificates for local spas and restaurants, baskets of goodies from specialty shops, and much more.
The Morgan Arts Council is offering classes for kids on making fabric trees on December 13 at both 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Visitors last year loved the display of these lovely trees made by local school kids and these classes were added as a response. The classes are free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Call 304.358.2300 to enroll.
For more information and to see schedules of activities, visit the Facebook page A Dickens of a Christmas in Berkeley Springs.