St. George’s famously hospitable year-round atmosphere extends through the holidays, so it should come as no surprise that a Southern Utah Christmas is just as jolly of a time as the traditional white Christmases that most northerners experience.

Last year, I was surprised at the St. George Dickens’ Festival when a couple of ruffians in 1800’s period dress ran past me in the narrow alleyways constructed in the St. George Convention Center. Behind the “Artful Dodgers” ran a bobby (British policeman), whistle to his lips. After his shrill warning, he commanded, “Stop, thieves!”

Caught up in the thrill of the chase, I watched until the bobby disappeared in the crowd. Then my attention turned to the booths lining the alleys. Entranced, I felt transported in time to Merry Olde England by all the wares offered by shopkeepers in clothing from Charles Dickens’ day. I was delighted to see many one-of-a-kind items to fit the wishes of nearly everyone on my Christmas list. The smells of food tantalized me, making me think to treat myself to a little gift of the culinary variety. (After all, I’ve been good!)

Not only was there an abundance of charming old world shops, but various types of entertainment taking place throughout the festival, making spirits bright. Father Christmas cheered young and old alike when children whispered their fondest Christmas wishes in his ear.

The Dickens Festival experience was well worth my time, and certainly set the mood for a warm Christmas season, both inside and out.


November 29- December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Dixie Convention Center
1835 Convention Center Dr.
St. George, UT 84790


$7 Adults
$6 Seniors (65+)
$5 CHILDREN (4-12)

So pull your deerstalker cap over your ears or slip your hands inside your fur muff and hurry to the St. George Dickens’ Festival. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

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