Once a year, Main Street in Medford will be transformed into a quaint winter wonderland, featuring holiday festivities galore with an old-time flair. The festival is free and typically attracts more than 10,000 people from Medford and many surrounding communities. Locals never fail to catch up with old friends on the street; there’s something for everyone! This event is hosted by the local business owners that form the Main Street Merchants.
A heartfelt thank you to the 2023 premier Dickens sponsor, SJS Title for making this enchanting event possible! They are known for their exceptional service, knowledge, and expertise in Title Insurance and the Real Estate industry but they have amazing giving hearts & have supported the Main Street Merchants in this Dickens Festival Endeavor and we are all eternally grateful! Thank you for making our Dickens Festival dreams come true!
Thank you to our additional sponsors, in addition to our presenting Sponsor:
|Zallie’s Shoprite / Community Kitchen
|JS Braddock Co
|Filan & Connor
|Forever Hart fit
|Passante’s Food Service
|Renewal By Anderson
Dickens Festival is always the first Saturday of December! A time honored holiday tradition!
Holiday Carolers * Great Food * Hot Chocolate * Magic, Comedy, Juggling * Live Presentations * Free Admission * Free Parking * Rain or Shine * A Fun, Family Event for All Ages
Step into the Magic of Winter Wonderland Festival!
Get ready to be enchanted by the holiday spirit as our charming street in Medford transforms into a winter wonderland extravaganza! Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with heartwarming festivities, all with an old-time twist that’s sure to make your heart sing.
Holiday Carolers: Let the sounds of timeless carols fill the air as our talented carolers serenade you with merry tunes that will warm your soul.
Great Food: Savor the flavors of the season with a delectable array of culinary delights from multiple food trucks & Main St restaurants that will delight your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.
Great Beer! Main Street in Medford is home to three wonderful breweries. Lower Forge, featuring creative brews & gluten free hard seltzers, Kings Road, featuring your traditional English style ales & more, and Farm Truck, featuring some hoppy brews!
Hot Chocolate: Indulge in steaming cups of velvety hot chocolate that will keep you cozy while you immerse yourself in the festivities.
Magic, Comedy, Juggling: Prepare to be astonished by incredible magic tricks, sidesplitting comedy, and mesmerizing juggling that will leave you in awe.
Live Presentations: Immerse yourself in captivating live presentations that capture the essence of the holiday season and bring joy to your heart.
Artisans: Discover unique treasures and holiday gifts crafted by talented artisans, adding a touch of magic to your seasonal shopping. Over 100 Handmade Artisan booths!
Free Admission: No tickets required – this event is open to all, inviting you to share in the joy of the holiday season with your loved ones.
Free Parking: Ease your worries with free parking, allowing you to focus on enjoying every moment of this festive occasion.
🚌 Free Shuttle! Pickup Locations at Freedom Park, and Sharps Run Plaza (near the DMV in Medford) that will deliver you to Cherry St & Union St, close to the center of the Festival!
Rain or Shine: Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits – our festival is ready to shine, whether the sun is out or the snow is falling.
A Fun, Family Event for All Ages: From the youngest to the young at heart, there’s something for everyone at this delightful event.
20,000+ Attendees: Join over 20,000 attendees from Medford and surrounding communities as we come together to celebrate the season in style.
A Magical Arrival: Santa by Horse & Carriage!
Hold onto your jingle bells, because the most anticipated moment of the festival is about to unfold in a truly enchanting way! Santa Claus himself will make a grand entrance, riding in style on a horse-drawn carriage as he leads our dazzling Santa Parade. The festivities will kick off at aprox 4:30, starting from Harriets Oil and making its merry way down to the heart of the action, the Gazebo. Time is aprox within 20 min, Santa’s arrival from the North Pole often has unforseen delays!
The Parade Delight: Picture it – the sound of hooves, the jingle of bells, and the excitement building as Santa’s entourage parades through the streets, spreading holiday cheer to all in its path. 4:30pm
Tree Lighting Magic: As Santa’s carriage arrives at the Gazebo, get ready for a spectacle that will light up the night and warm your heart. The official tree lighting ceremony will be a moment of pure magic, as the festive lights twinkle to life, illuminating the spirit of the season. Directly after the parade! Aprox 4:45 at the Gazebo
Hosted by Main Street Merchants: This enchanting event is brought to you by the Main Street Merchants of Historic Medford Village, dedicated to bringing the community closer through the magic of the holiday season to support our local businesses all year, and during the holiday season especially!
Mark your calendars and invite your friends and family to a day of unforgettable fun and joy. Let’s celebrate the season in the most heartwarming way possible!
See you there!
🎩🎅🏼🎄 Want to Join the Magic? 🎄🎅🏼🎩
It’s time to step into a world of enchantment and become a part of the Dickens Festival 2023, a celebration that promises to be even more extraordinary than before! We’re inviting you to be a vital part of this unforgettable event on December 2, 2023. Whether you’re an artist, a food lover, a volunteer, a sponsor, or a non-profit organization, there’s a place for you in this heartwarming celebration.
🎨 Apply to be an Artist: Have a creative spark? Showcase your talents and become a part of the artistic wonder that the Dickens Festival is all about. Apply now to be an artist: Artist Application Link (applications closed for 2023)
🚚 Apply to be a Food Truck / Food Vendor: Calling all food enthusiasts! If you’ve got a passion for tantalizing taste buds, then this is your chance to shine. Apply as a food truck or food vendor: Food Vendor Application Link (applications closed for 2023)
🏢 Apply to be a Non-Profit Vendor: Organizations with a heart for making a difference, we invite you to join us and showcase your noble causes. Apply as a non-profit vendor, there is no fee, but we ask you to provide an on theme activity, so get creative!: Non-Profit Vendor Application Link
🎩🎄🎅 Sponsor the Dickens Festival: Bring the magic to life as a valued sponsor of this extraordinary event. Your support ensures that the Dickens Festival shines brighter than ever before. Sponsorship details: Sponsorship Application Link
🙌🏼 Sign Up To Be a Volunteer: Want to make a meaningful impact? Volunteer your time and be a part of the behind-the-scenes magic that makes the Dickens Festival come alive. Volunteer now: Volunteer Application Link
✨🎁 Don’t Miss Out: The Dickens Festival is a chance to be part of something truly extraordinary, to contribute to the joy and memories that will last a lifetime. Join us in making this year’s festival the most enchanting yet!
For inquiries or more information, please contact DickensMedford@gmail.com
Let’s create magic together at the Dickens Festival 2023! 🎅🏼🎄🎩❄️🎁
Copper wire, wood base. I created this piece in late 2008. For this work, I aimed to convey both the industrial heaviness of an airplane, but also the cloudlike floating quality you feel when you’re in one.