What's NEW in 2019 at Dickens On Centre

November 1, 2019
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Things that glow, Christmas wishes to be made, St. Nick's new hangout, additional entertainment, Twisted Dickens, Kids Zone fun, chalk artists, and lots more! Here's what's NEW at this year's Dickens on Centre festival.

1) Kicking off this year’s festivities is the inaugural Dickens Illuminated Procession, set for Thursday, December 12. Folks will begin gathering at 5pm near the Welcome Center (Old Train Depot) on Front Street. At 6pm,  parade-goers and their lanterns will enjoy a leisurely stroll up Ash Street and into Fernandina’s historic district before turning around down Centre Street back to the waterfront, where they will be greeted by music, merriment, and FIREWORKS! Marchers may carry something that reflects good cheer and holiday spirit—and that shines, glows or twinkles. (No open flames or candles, please. Only battery operated lights and lanterns will be permitted.) A limited number of holiday lanterns will be available for purchase by vendors located near the starting point so we greatly encourage participants to create homemade lanterns. Participation is free and open to all!

2) St. Nick has a new hangout this year! St. Nick's Grotto, sponsored by Handi House Yulee, is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of children everywhere. Experience snow falling while awaiting your visit with St. Nick! He's the real deal... beard and all! Located in Tiny Tim's Kid Zone.  
  • Photos with St. Nick by Boston Photography: Friday, 6-9pm;  Saturday, 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm;  Sunday, 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm 

3) Experience the magic and meaning of the holiday season by making a special wish at our Christmas Wish booth with Paisley Grace Makery. Create your Christmas wish and then hang it on the Christmas tree... and wait.
4) Dickens After Dark - A Twisted Dickens event for Adults 21+. This VIP party at the historic Florida House Inn features a Scrooged-up version of A Christmas Carol and sing along with a somewhat professional cast as they try to get the words right to your favorite Christmas songs. Let go of your guilt and regret as you tell us your past misdeeds anonymously, then, during the show, a chained Jacob Marley will share them with the world! Don't worry: we won't tell anyone who isn't there. With your participation (and a drink or two), your entertainment is practically GUARANTEED.  Produced by the one and only Jason Woods! CLICK HERE for more information & to purchase tickets!

5) A Christmas Story is on stage at select dates/times at the AMELIA COMMUNITY THEATRE during the month of December. This classic family Christmas story is based on Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s and the quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun. The AMELIA MUSICAL PLAYHOUSE will present Scrooge the musical December 6 -15.
6) 2nd Act Stage is located at the end of Artist Alley (end of North 2nd Street) and is set up for additional entertainment... like the stage production "The Legend of St. Nick"! Look for this performance, plus many others, at various times during the weekend.
7) Watch the extremely talented Street Painters, also called Chalk Artists, draw incredible scenes from A Christmas Carol, right on Centre Street! Located on the street in front of Island Time Frozen Yogurt shop.
Take a look at Amelia Island SPECIAL OFFERS.
Celebrate the holidays in Amelia Island at DICKENS ON CENTRE.

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.