Geneva Ave & Santos St
San Francisco, California 94134

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair:

A holiday adventure into Victorian London, partying with hundreds of costumed players in 90,000+ square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance parties and Christmas shops on winding lanes. It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town – a city filled with lively and colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air.
Cries of street vendors hawking their wares ring out above the bustling crowd. Dozens of lamplit shops are filled to overflowing with Christmas presents. New this year: each patron receives a Victorian name, a Passport to the Past, and tokens for prizes if the Timegame is well played. And it’s all in a Holiday Humor!

Where: Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, San Francisco
When: Five Weekends including the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 23, 24, 25, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2007; 11:00am - 7:00 pm

Who: Brought to you by Red Barn Productions and the Patterson Family, who created and directed the popular Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point in Marin for 25 years, the Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970.

Ticket Prices at the Gate: General Admission: $22.00
Student/Senior/Military: $19.00
Children 5-11: $10.00
Children Under 5 are Free
Groups of 25 or more: $15.00
Pickwick Club (Fair season pass): $65.00 adult / $30.00 children
(available from our office or at the fair)
Ticket Sales: For discount advance tickets call: 1-800-510-1558.

Parking: $10.00 (charged by the Cow Palace) Note, you can park in the neighborhood around the cow palace and walk the block in for free.

Entertainment: Continuous performances on five stages and in the streets feature lively and colorful characters from Dickens' London. Included will be energetic song and dance in Fezziwig's Warehouse, boisterous music hall performers in Mad Sal's Dockside Alehouse, chimney sweeps, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and that evil genius Fagin.

For Children: Punch and Judy puppet shows, Victorian fairies, Father Christmas, and interactive theatrical performances; games and holiday activities; Victorian arts and crafts.

Food & Drink: Gourmet chefs will offer delicious foods from around the world, including fish and chips, English bangers, Greek delicacies, French onion soup, and enticing desserts. Craft Ales from local breweries will satisfy the heartiest thirst. A wide selection of fine wines and champagne will be available by the glass.

Shopping: Visit the shops of London to find one-of-a-kind treasures, Victorian reproductions, fine art, romantic clothing, glittering pewter, and dazzling jewelry. Complete your holiday shopping or discover the perfect dress for that New Year's Eve party. Shopkeepers will welcome you, share a story or two, and send you on your way (hopefully laden with packages) with a hearty "Happy Christmas."

Re-entry: Visitors to the fair may leave and re-enter by receiving a hand stamp upon exit.

Pets: Pets are not allowed.

Smoking: The Cow Palace is a non-smoking facility.

Wheelchairs: The fair is handicapped accessible, but wheelchairs are not available for rental.

Lodging: For those of you traveling to the fair, check the Lodgings Search page of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau's website for accommodations in the San Francisco area, or our own accommodation page.


Red Barn Productions
PO Box 1768 Novato CA 94948
toll free (800)510-1558 fax (415)892-4039
Email: [email protected]

Official Website:

Added by msnformd on November 26, 2007