Wellsboro celebrates 35th annual Dickens of a Christmas

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Main Street in Wellsboro, Pa went back in time to celebrate the 35th annual “Dickens of a Christmas.”

Vendors lined the street with crafts, food, and decorations while dressed in Victorian garb. Carolers of all ages also dressed in Victorian-era clothing and paraded down the street singing Christmas carols.

Larry Biddison has been a part of Dickens since the start when a group of people were thinking of how to have fun during the holiday season. 

Biddison said one person spoke up at a meeting and said “I don’t know what we’re going to do but I’m going to have a Dickens of a good time.” Thus, Dickens of a Christmas was born.

Susan Maurer says she tries to come every year despite not being from the area.

“It’s such a festive tradition. You have wonderful people who come to it, everyone gets so excited for Christmas.

Laru Reese is one of the last demonstrators who makes his art on the street, carving wooden ducks in front of a local store. He says that while the times have changed and there are fewer demonstrators the event it’s still a great event where he gets to see people he might only see once a year.

Other highlights of Dickens of a Christmas include the play “A Christmas Carol,” which was performed at the Deane Center right on Main Street. 

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