Show Floor Entertainment
An Elaborate, Three Dimensional Display of Life-Sized Santas throughout the ages, beginning with Medieval Santa to our present day Coca Cola Santa, bedecked in authentic period- clad costumes. As you peruse the nine historical Santas, signage will educate you to the origin and history of each Santa, as well as the holiday traditions they inspired.
Snowglobes originated during the Victorian Era. They first were fabricated to amplify light created by the newly discovered electric light bulbs. They then became popular as travel souvenirs encased with items depicting landmarks immersed in water and snow. It did not take long until their themes started to display a variety of Holiday decors.
On the show floor, commemorating the Snowglobe Tradition, one will find a 15 foot, Three Dimensional Snowglobe. To air on the side of caution, this year the Snowglobe will not be open for people to enter. Instead it will contain an Exhibit of Victorian Based Broadcasting Equipment that showcases the predecessors of the modern-day devices evolving into the radio transmission equipment that lead to us listening to our favorite Radio Stations that we enjoy today. The 100 Gift Give Away by Easy Radio 105.9/100.7 will still be conducted. This year the attendees will take their picture outside the globe, instead of inside. Then they will post the picture on their Facebook page. Like and share to the Radio Station’s Facebook page as well. By following these steps, participants will be entered in for a chance to Win One of the Fabulous Prizes from the 100 Present Prize Offerings. Prizes range from Dinners for 2, to Movie Tickets, Holiday Shows and On & On. Winners will be randomly selected from the attendees that posted their pictures during the four days of the show. Put on a smile, play in the snow, and… who knows what you may win!
Be sure to take part in the Show’s Interactive Scavenger Hunt held on the show floor. Scrooge finally understands the true meaning of the holidays; and, after shopping for all his friends, someone has stolen his presents. He needs you to help find them. At the front door of the Show, pick up a list of clues and instructions. As you travel through the marketplace, try to find the gold wrapped presents hidden throughout. A one clue word will be located on the gift tag of each present. Once you have all the words, compile what you think the winning sentence is. Turn in your completed sentence to the designated spot. If you have constructed the right sentence from the words you have found, your entry will be put into the main drawing for a grand prize of a $500 prepaid Gift Card to kick off your Holiday Shopping! (Drawing Held on Sunday, Before Show Closes)
Many Victorians enjoyed collecting and proudly displayed their collections. These hobbies brought about the advent of the tradition of making shadow boxes from these collections. All boxes were unique, whether they contained travel souvenirs, family wreaths (made from beloved deceased relative’s hair) keepsakes for their children as they aged, or simply something worth collecting. Enjoy an authentic reproduction of “A Christmas Carol” created by our collection of themed Shadow Boxes, each depicting a different portion of the book from Start to Finish. It’s interesting to note that Shadow Box displays are a direct precessor to today’s scrapbooking hobby.
As you stroll through the marketplace, you will encounter a number of characters straight from the pages of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” from Scrooge himself to the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. As in Victorian times, one never knew what they might encounter at a public market from pan handlers to mimes, to magicians, to singers… you name it. The floor of the Dickens Christmas Show continues that same tradition.
Bobbies in Victorian times performed the jobs of both firemen and policemen. The booths involved with this event allow attendees to see what the Bobbies actually looked like in their Victorian Uniforms and learn a bit of the original history of these professions, which became the predecessors of the fire and police forces of modern day.
Both the Police and Fire Departments are part of a Community Outreach Program called “Shopping with a Hero.” This program is one where the public safety officers, take young adults holiday shopping for themselves as well as their families for the holidays. The program teaches the children the importance of giving to others. During the Show, there is a competition between the departments to see which branch (fire or police) gets the most Facebook posts of pictures of attendees with their costumed officers. At the end of the four days, the department with the most Facebook posts is declared the Winner. All proceeds from the contest will be used to help produce the “Shopping with a Hero” program. Cash prizes for the Winning Department are supplied by Sticky Fingers Restaurant Group and other local corporate donors. Click, Post, “Like” and help our public service officers to make sure “Shopping with a Hero” is, and will continue to be, a success for the community.
Queen Victoria is credited with creating the popularity of afternoon teas for ladies. As the tradition rapidly grew in popularity, so did many entertainment options, from parlor games to Tea Leaf Reading (Tasseography). It is a fortune-telling method that interprets patterns of tea leaves left in the cups from the ladies enjoying tea. As the practice of Tea Leaf Reading became so popular, the Victorian English actually designed and produced hand-crafted tea cup sets, specifically made to be used for the sole purpose of fortune telling at their special events for entertainment. Visit our period-clad Victorian Leaf Reader on the show floor for a Victorian Entertainment experience of your own!
New this year, Is a Unique Market within the Market, featuring items from Vintage Private Collections, ranging from Antique Toys to Dickens Villages, Vintage Ornaments to Precious Books and so Much More. For sale, to the 1st collector that is lucky enough to find them. A preview of the offered treasures will be found on the Dickens Christmas Show, Facebook Page, seven days prior to the show. This new addition to the show floor promises to offer a unique treasure chest of one- of- a- kind finds. Who knows? You may be lucky enough to find something fabulous to add to your collection!