Christmas Trees for a Cause
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.; Penn Eben Park
Celebrate this festive time of year while giving back to the community! Christmas trees will be for sale for $30 in Penn Eben Park. All proceeds will benefit the Ebensburg Library. A book collection for Toys for Tots will also be held, so make sure to bring your favorite Christmas Classic!
Sunday, all day; Penn Eben Park
An outstanding display of carved ice sculptures will be located in Penn Eben Park. Enjoy the ice block throne for a memorable photo op. During Dickens of a Christmas, ice is just the tip if the iceberg.
One Stop Christmas Shop Vendor Fair
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; The Studio, 226 W. High St.
Along with the holidays comes a time for gift giving. Wolf's Performing Arts will be holding their first One Stop Christmas Shop Vendor Fair for just that reason. During your visit, stop by their studio and check off some of those names from your Christmas list! Some of the vendors include: Celebrating Home, Designs by Denise, For Every Home, Miche Bags, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Stella and Dot Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One and Tupperware.
Teddy Bear Tea
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.; Young Peoples Community Center
Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend the YPCC Teddy Bear Tea. Guests will be treated to a lavish high tea, including scones with jams, a variety of finger sandwiches, sugar cookies, assorted teas and fruit punch. Additionally, there will be a special visit from Santa Claus with a gift for each child, as well as holiday entertainment throughout the afternoon. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bears to share the afternoon tea!
In order to cover the costs of materials, there is a $15.00 fee for this event. Period costume is encouraged, but not required.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.; Young People's Community Center
Here’s the problem: You want to go shopping to score bargains with society's masses, but the kids don't have any interest in sharing this "fun event" with you. The little urchins need something to do while you help Santa prepare for Christmas.
What if you could drop the kids - aged 5 years to 10 years old - off at a fun, entertaining place like the Young Peoples Community Center for three hours, while you enjoy shopping, whine-free? During The Dickens’s Drop-N-Shop event, kids are invited to participate in activities including Christmas games, arts and crafts, a pizza party, and a movie. Everyone's happy!
The YPCC will be available Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the Dickens’s Drop-N-Shop event.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.; YPCC
Here's something new for the kids to enjoy! The sound of the "Down Home Country Christmas" music and the antics of Gus and Elmer are sure to bring many laughs. Gus and the gang will delight kids of all ages with country humor, great music and lots of fun.
Holiday Open House & Art Exhibit
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; Cambria County Historical Society
Join us for our annual open house in the holly-decked halls of the A.W. Buck House, home of the Cambria County Historical Society. Refreshments, tours and more. Our Christmas tree in the library is always a holiday delight. This year, the historical society welcomes artist Mary Lessard and her exhibit titled "Scenes From Around the World."
The A.W. Buck House was built in 1890 (only 20 years after Dickens’ death) in the Victorian Queen Anne Style. The house belonged to a well-known local banker, and more recently served as a convent until the Society acquired it in 1991. There is no charge for this event.
Gingerbread & MORE Contest & Display
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Cambria County Historical Society
The entire community is invited to participate in our inaugural gingerbread contest, sponsored by the Cambria County Historical Society. While the contest is for entrants age 18 and under, everyone is welcome to display their own gingerbread masterpiece! Prizes will be awarded for most creative, most Victorian, most artistic, most representative of Cambria County’s history, and best of show.
Entries must be dropped off at the Historical Society BEFORE Dickens Weekend. For a list of rules, visit www.cambriacountyhistorical.com or call the Historical Society at 814-472-6674.
Join the fund and start your own Christmas tradition! Visit the gingerbread display during regular hours over the weekend.
Cresson Lake Playhouse Holiday Production of "Forever Plaid - Plaid Tidings ”
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.; Cambria County Courthouse
The holiday production by Cresson Lake Playhouse is one of the favorite events during Dickens, and something you and your family will not want to miss. Forever Plaid - Plaid Tidings is returning to the Cambria County Courthouse under the direction of Jim Pollino, Ebensburg with music direction provided by Jim Burket, Ebensburg.
The show offers brand-new songs along with the best of Forever Plaid. It is filled with Christmas standards that have been 'plaiderized' by our boys and are back to do their Christmas Special. At first they aren't sure why they have returned but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.
Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like their riotous three minute and eleven second versions of "The Ed Sullivan Show" - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which put the "Bay-O" in Excelsis! This is one holiday treat that is truly "heaven sent."
Call early to reserve your seats for this family production. Admission to the production is seventeen crown ($17) for adults and ten crown ($10) for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (814) 472-4333 or visit www.cressonlake.com.
Victorian Christmas Concert; Keystone State Quartet
Sunday, 7:00p.m.; Grace Church of Ebensburg - 223 N. West Street
What a great way to close this year's Dickens Weekend! Pastor Rick Clark invites the public to attend this exciting event that will kick off the Christmas Season. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and you are sure to enjoy the well known, award winning Keystone State Quartet as they share an evening of songs of the season.
During the concert, the children of Grace Church will perform a Christmas skit. Those attending are encouraged to dress in a Victorian theme and bring a lantern if you like (no open flames please). There is no cost for this program, but a free will offering will be accepted. Following the concert the church will serve old-fashioned Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider. For further information call Pastor Rick Clark at (814) 472-7864 or Keystone State Quartet (814) 421-0808. You are invited to learn more about Grace Church or Keystone State Quartet by visiting their websites at www.placecalledgrace.com or www.keystonestatequartet.net.
"...and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!"