Dickens of a Christmas

Christmas Windows
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

There’s nothing more magical than a small town getting ready for the winter holidays. Swoop back to the time of Charles Dickens and head to Ripon as they celebrate their 30th annual Dickens of a Christmas from Friday, December 6, to Sunday, December 8. One of the most well-known Christmas events in the area, Dickens of a Christmas never ceases to amaze and continues to get bigger and better each year.

Every year, Dickens of a Christmas features a variety of events and activities throughout the City of Ripon. Favorites include creative wonders at the Dickens of a Quilt Show at Horicon Bank, taking a magical walk through the Enchanted Forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, viewing Christmas crèches from around the world, and getting creative (and hungry) at the Gingerbread House Contest.

How can Ripon make the holidays even better than they already do? By filling the weekend with even more! Visit the one and only Santa Claus as you eat a delicious breakfast, get your Christmas shopping done with a number of art and craft shows, and see inside some of Ripon’s greatest residences with the Tour of Homes.

One of Dickens of a Christmas’ most popular events is the Living Windows displays. This is a favorite for many Ripon residents, visitors, and college students. On Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., watch as downtown shop windows come alive with holiday spirit! Most years feature a historical time period theme, and you may get lucky and see some of the beloved characters from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.

As you walk downtown, be sure to enjoy not only the Living Windows and sights to see, but also treats, holiday music, and festive food and drink.

For more information, visit ripon-wi.com .

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.