The arrival of the holiday season is accompanied by all sorts of magnificent and heartwarming events, whether you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly outing or simply seeking a dash of seasonal charm. One of the most unique holiday festivals in Michigan offers guests the opportunity to embrace the spirit of Christmas while celebrating a beloved historical figure: Charles Dickens. Head to the small town of Holly for a dreamy adventure that feels like part of a Hallmark Christmas movie.
The Holly Dickens Festival happens annually in the small town of Holly, Michigan. This fest, which pays homage to Charles Dickens, bustles with glee on weekends through the second week of December.
Whether you’ve visited this one-of-a-kind event for years or you’re a newcomer, you’ll quickly feel like you’ve stepped into a picture-perfect Hallmark movie. Costumed carolers, bright lights, and smiles abound.
Since the early 1970s, this unforgettable festival has celebrated Dickens and his iconic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol.” From shopping to roasted chestnuts to photo ops with Scrooge, there’s much to love.
Take time to appreciate the dreamy atmosphere of Battle Alley, a history-rich spot in the heart of Holly that twinkles with string lights. There’s even a horse-drawn carriage available if you’re looking for a ride.
Make a visit to the fascinating Hadley House Museum to experience Victorian life or catch an interactive performance of A Christmas Carol itself — we can’t imagine a better way to ring in the holiday season.
If that weren’t enough, younger guests will be delighted by the opportunity to meet with Santa himself, while older visitors will be impressed by classic Christmas carols and period-appropriate costumes.
Snag a few bites to eat or sip a drink from the pub tent before rounding out your experience with a photo op in front of the historic (and purportedly haunted!) Holly Hotel, which is now an enchanting restaurant.
As you plot out your seasonal adventures here in the Great Lakes State, be sure to include the marvelous Holly Dickens Festival. This timeless event will transport you to a wondrous world of family fun.
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