I can’t say I’m bored with my New York backyard, but I itched to cross the Pennsylvania border and see what events were happening there. It was, after all, just a short drive to another world.
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania became my destination, where every winter traffic on Main Street is halted as the main thoroughfare is magically transformed into a remarkable Victorian market. The Wellsboro Dickens of a Christmas is an impressive collection of theatre, music, history, shopping and food to captivate visitors for hours.
Dickens of A Christmas has an exciting array of shopping. (If you enjoy shopping) Nearly two hundred vendors line Main Street to make holiday gift-buying a breeze for many. With a variety of goods like home-baked goods, wooden toys, ornaments, candles, quilts, furniture and wrought iron, there’s something for everybody. Adding to the festivities, many of the vendors dress in Victorian garb as well creating a magical atmosphere!
Speaking of costumes, this event is a thespian’s dream come true. All weekend Victorian actors have roving performances on street corners. Actors dressed in period costumes delight the crowd. I nearly ran into Scrooge! The Arcadia Theatre becomes a great hub of festivities. All weekend, the theatre hosts music and choirs. I could have purchased tickets for a live performance of “A Christmas Carol”, however decided upon seeing, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
As exciting as that all sounds, no festival is complete without the FOOD and the food is certainly in no short-supply tempt my tummy and tickle my taste buds. Visitors could quench the most voracious hungers with delectable delights as hot chocolate, chili, hot dogs, homemade soups and chowders, bread pudding, homemade cookies, pies and candies, hot beef sandwiches, crab cakes, fresh roasted peanuts, hot cider and coffee, cheddar wursts, kettle corn, baked potatoes, and apple dumplings for desert…just to name a few.
May each sight, each sound of Christmas and fragrances sublime, make your hearts and faces happy this glorious Christmastime.