December 7-10, 2023A Victorian Christmas Festival That Transforms Historic Fernandina Beach Into Victorian London!
Travel back in time December 7-10, 2023 during the ninth annual Dickens on Centre festival in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island. Free to the public, this Victorian holiday festival is sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Throughout the weekend, feel the spirit of the holiday with Victorian-inspired entertainment on two stages. Families will enjoy a plethora of fun including Tiny Tim’s Kids Zone, visits with St. Nick, holiday entertainment and shopping, festive food and drink, costumed characters, holiday movies and plenty of Christmas inspiration.
This Christmas, Come Make Memories.
Welcome to Dickens on Centre!
Join us for the exclusive Victorian costume party of the holiday season! The historic Lessne House on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach is transformed for this 21 and over VIP soiree complete with stilt walkers, jugglers, and the amazing Fire & Ice Show by Kristen Sparrow Circus. Presented by Jacksonville International Airport.
Step into an exclusive, magical experience in one of eight uniquely decorated Christmas-themed snow globes! Join the fun and spend an hour with friends or loved ones, creating cherished memories that could even turn the heart of ole Scrooge himself. And, maybe — just maybe, you might see snow!
St. Nick is setting up his workshop in Tiny Tim’s Kid Zone. Be sure to capture the moment with a treasured keepsake photo!
“Run Like the Dickens” during this 1-mile fun-run on Amelia Island Main Beach. Everyone is welcome — even dogs!
Gather with something that glows or twinkles and take a stroll through Fernandina’s historic district for an evening of music, food and a surprise finale over the riverfront!
From theatrical performances and costumed characters to musical acts and visits from Jolly Old St. Nick, the entertainment lineup offers something for everyone! Join us for a weekend of inspired performances!
2023 promises to be one of our biggest festivals with more vendors than ever before! Vendor spots are SOLD OUT with several favorites back with new displays and items to sell, as well as a variety of new vendors offering more options for holiday gifting.
You won’t want to miss the annual Parade of Paws on Saturday, December 9th. Prizes awarded for Best Victorian, Most Original, Looks Most Like Owner and top 3 overall.
Take a moment and escape into your favorite holiday classic movie! Young and old will enjoy this chance to hit pause, relax, and watch a movie that inspires holiday cheer. Visit the Old Vic Theatre movie alley in Tiny Tim’s Kid Zone.
The Christmas Wish tree, nestled in the pocket park next to Amelia Island Coffee, is a beautiful way to pen your holiday wish on a wooden ornament and then hang on the Christmas tree. It’s a simple, yet magical tradition that embodies the spirit of giving, togetherness, and hope.
Make your holiday dreams come true by visiting St. Nick’s Workshop, where you can write a letter to St. Nick and pop it in the big red mailbox that goes straight to the North Pole! This heartwarming tradition captures the spirit of the season for children of all ages.
Kicking off Dickens on Centre annual festival, the Illuminated Procession is a stroll down historic downtown with anything that glows, glimmers and shines!
Dickens After Dark
This VIP event for Adults 21+ features specialty entertainment, historic ghost tours, festive food, open bar and more at the historic Lesesne House.
Run like the Dickens
Run Like the Dickens is a 1-mile fun run on Amelia Island’s Main Beach — fun for the whole family, kids and dogs included!
Have you ever wondered what it felt like to be inside a snow globe? Discover the magic in a Christmas themed snow globe experience!
Dickens Dining & Drinks
10-day holiday trail featuring holiday inspired drinks and food! Check-in at participating locations, collect points, and choose unique prizes!