Tonight’s Dickens of a Christmas
may be dampened, but tomorrow will be epic!

Join us tomorrow from 10am to 6pm downtown!

December 1 -2, 2023

Proceeds benefit Main Street Chestertown

Experience Historic Chestertown’s
Victorian Holiday Extravaganza

Step back into 1840’s London and experience the holiday season as Charles Dickens imagined it.

This two day event includes carriage rides, entertainment, home tour,
food, book talks, merchandise, and more.

And don’t forget to come dressed like the dickens!

Join us in the charm of the holiday season!

Main Street Chestertown welcomes thousands of residents and visitors
for its 6th annual Dickens of a Christmas during this two-day celebration of the season. 

Christmas, and the end of the year, is definitely a time when people try their hardest to begin afresh, a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.

– Charles Dickens

Friday, December 1st

5 – 9pm, downtown Chestertown

Enjoy an evening filled with oysters, food vendors, beer, wine, and bonfires! We will have our opening ceremony and listen to KCHS Jazz Band, Garnet Elementary Chorus, River Voices, and end the night with a jam session from Dell Foxx Company!


Enjoy victuals from the following vendors:

Chester River Spicerie
Occasions Catering
Happy Chicken Bakery
Oysters by Jim Thiess

Don’t forget to visit Santa!

On Saturday from 10AM to 12PM,
Santa will be waiting for children
to visit him with their Christmas wishes
in his house in Fountain Park!

Saturday, December 2nd

Save with Combo Tickets

Our Combo Tickets are sold out, but see below for tickets to the house tour, tea and carriage rides, and to sign up for Run Like the Dickens!

Small Stage Schedule

10:30 O’McPub Band

11:30 Jimi Kinstle: One Man Christmas Carol

12:45 O’McPub Band 

1:30-2:45 Comedy by Robert Mac

7AM – 9AM

Run Like the Dickens! 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run

Start and finish near The Kitchen at the Imperial.

8AM – 12PM

Chestertown Farmers’ Market

Enjoy the award winning Chestertown Farmers’ Market on the 300 block of High Street!

12PM – 5:30PM

Beverage Tent Opens!

Serving beer, wine, hot cider, mulled wine, and non-alcoholic beverages!

10AM – 1PM

Children’s Activities at Park Row

Santa’s House Open in Fountain Park

10AM – 2PM

Holiday House Tour

Advanced tickets are available until 10am on 12/1. After that, tickets must be bought at the Dickens Welcome Center Friday 5-9pm or Saturday 8am-10am.

10AM – 2:45PM

Dickens Performers

Enjoy acts such as O’ McPub Band, Jimmy Kinstle One-Man Show, and more! See above for the schedule.

10AM – 4PM

Heritage Village in The Bank

Lauren Muney, world famous Silhouette Artist
Wildly Native Flower Farm
Kent County News
Chesapeake Heartland Project
and more!

10:30AM, 1:30PM

Victorian Holiday Tea at The Watershed

Enjoy a proper English tea from Victorian servers. 

Friday 6PM, Saturday 11AM

Book Talks organized by The Bookplate at the Raimond Cultural Center:

Friday- Wendy Eckel “Killer in a Winter Wonderland”

Saturday- Katie Charles “The Making of A Christmas Carol.”

11AM – 5PM

Food vendors open

Enjoy victuals from Chester River Spicerie, Occasions Catering, Happy Chicken Bakery, and Oysters by Jim Thiess

1PM – 4PM

Carriage Rides

Timed tickets can be purchased in advance for people 5 years and older. Children 4 and younger must sit on an adult’s lap. Walk-ups will be accommodated based on availability of carriages.

2:45PM – 5:30PM

Main Stage Entertainment

Enjoy an epic finale to Dickens of a Christmas 2023 with our headline acts on the Main Stage. See below!

The Epic Finale You’ve Been Waiting For

Enjoy our headline acts that’ll have you dancing, cheering, and begging for an encore.

2:45PM – 3:30PM

The Baltimore Pipe Band

3:30PM – 3:45PM

The Baltimore Pipe Band & The American Rogues

3:45PM – 5:30PM

The American Rogues

Looking to Volunteer?

Send us a message to get involved!

4 + 14 =

How to dress like the Dickens

Join us in your very best
Victorian attire!

Don’t have an outfit? Check out our costume shop! Located at the Carriage House
(behind The Kitchen)

Wed. 11/8 12pm-2pm
Docents, Hosts & Musicians
Monday 11/13 5-7pm
Docents, Hosts & Musicians
Sat. 11/18 9am-12pm
Open to all VIP’s (volunteers, performers, etc)
Mon. 11/20 5pm-7pm
Open to the public
Thurs. 11/30 11am-1pm
Open to the public

Looking to Sponsor?

Send us a message to get involved!

5 + 14 =

Dickens Sponsors

Scrooge Sponsors

Marley Sponsors


Chestertown, Maryland was founded in 1706. It was established as a port town and played a significant role in the colonial era, serving as a bustling trade hub along the Chester River. Today, Chestertown retains much of its historic charm and is known for its well-preserved 18th-century architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Thanks for checking us out!



(410) 778-2991


Chestertown Town Hall
118 N. Cross Street
Chestertown MD 21620


PO Box 427
Chestertown MD 21620

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