The 19th century of Charles Dickens relives in the picturesque Bergkwartier in Deventer on the 16th and 17th of December. More than 950 characters from the famous books of Dickens will revive. Oliver Twist, Scrooge, Marley and Mr Pickwick, they are all there.
Vagabonds are begging, thieves are stealing. You smell the punch, puffed potatoes and roasted chestnuts. Wealthy ladies and gentlemen with top hats parade in the streets. Christmas Carol Singers go from door to door. The scenery of the festival consists of historical buildings and houses, Christmas trees and thousands of little lights. Not only in the street, but also behind the windows, in the houses and in the little shops and galleries the romantic time of Dickens will revive.
All the shops in the city are open on this Saturday and Sunday. Furthermore, there will be a Christmas market on the main square with 200 stands on Sunday and a regular market on Saturday. The Christmas ambience continues in the churches in the city centre with a cultural program on Sunday 17th. Different choirs, orchestra and vocal ensembles from Deventer will bring Christmas music.
The Dickens Festival is held every year. More than 125.000 persons visit this event. Please note that there is a queue of +/- 60 minutes for the entrance of the Dickens Festival.