San Francisco Dickens Fair: Your 2023 Guide

Transport yourself to a Christmas celebration straight from Victorian times at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair San Francisco!

Meet Queen Victoria, run into Prince Albert, and rub shoulders with Charles Dickens! You might even see Oliver Twist being dragged to his cell if you’re lucky. Plus, marvel at the winding roads of Olde London and go crazy over dance parties, charming shops, and hand-made seasonal treasures.

The historic Cow Palace transforms into Victorian London covering over 120,000 feet where you’ll bask in dozens of colorful characters and festivities straight from the pages of a book.

Follow along to discover everything and delve into the imagination of Charles Dickens during this one-of-a-kind event:

Dickens Fair San Francisco Tickets

General Admission Tickets

Adult (Ages 13 and above): $45
Children (Ages 5 to 12): $25
Infant (5 and under): FREE

Special Admission Tickets

Pickwick Club 2023 Season Pass (Great for all dates): $160.00
Twilight (Entry after 3:00 pm) Adult Ticket (Ages 13 and above): $30.00
Twilight (Entry after 3:00 pm) Children Ticket (Ages 5 to 12): $18.00
Children (5 under): FREE
Active Military: 1st & 2nd Weekends FREE Admission

Note: Tickets are only purchasable online. Season Passes must be presented with a photo I.D. upon arrival.

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Holidays or not, you’ll be impressed by the array of activities to do in the Bay Area. Score these discount vacation packages from Tripster and start your San Fran getaway now:

Dickens Fair San Francisco Attractions

Character Sightings

Keep your eyes open as you never know who you might bump into at Dickens Christmas Fair San Francisco. These lively characters await you:

  • Father Christmas
  • Charles Dickens
  • Edgar Allen Poe, H.G. Wells, Jenny Lind, and Charlotte Brontë
  • Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, and The Three Christmas Ghosts
  • The Cratchit Family, as well as Tiny Tim
  • Nancy, Bill Sykes & Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Oliver Twist
  • David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickelby
  • Mad Sal & her Awfully Jolly Girls
  • Newsboys, Chimneysweeps, Peelers, Sailors & Christmas Carolers, Musicians

Jekyll & Hyde and The Elixir Of Madness

Unleash your inner detective and become a part of the action as you work to solve the mystery and bring Mr. Hyde to justice. Plus, enjoy specially crafted elixirs and Victorian holiday party food at five distinct drinking establishments in the heart of London!

The Sherlock Holmes Experience

London is a city of secrets, and Sherlock Holmes needs your assistance to assist Scotland Yard in their latest case. As a budding detective, your task is to follow the trail of clues through the labyrinthine streets of London, decipher perplexing puzzles, and report your discoveries to Sherlock before the clock ticks its final tock.

Tours Of London

Unlock the portal to London’s rich history by using the map discreetly included in The Illustrated London Chimes program, which you can acquire at the Front Gate. This map will guide you to the Grand Concourse, where you’ll meet with your tour guides – the inhabitants of Christmas Fair and Victorian London, plucked from the pages of Mr. Dickens’ famous tales.

Children’s Tour of London

Swoon over and take the perfect holiday photo at the adorned Christmas tree. Afterward, join on a unique tour narrated by an outstanding resident of Our London, including a character from the stories of Mr. Dickens.

Then, step into the remarkable souvenir shop where you can meet the famous Silhouette Artist who can cut your favorite design in minutes. And that’s only the start. The Dickens Fair San Francisco 2023 features the renowned headquarters of Mr. Jingles’s Tours of London and more surprises!

Delights and Diversions

The Charles Dickens Fair San Francisco doesn’t take the word activities lightly. Delight in plenty of merriment throughout the festival:

  • Green Man Inn
  • Fezziwig’s Dance Party
  • Victoria & Albert Bijou Music Hall
  • Dickens’ Study at Tavistock House
  • Father Christmas Stage & Punch & Judy Puppet Theatre
  • Paddy West Stage at the London Docks
  • Mermaid Tavern Stage
  • Chancery Lane
  • The Athenaeum Club
  • Mad Sal’s Dockside Ale House

Dickens Fair San Francisco Date and Time

The Charles Dickens Christmas Fair San Francisco runs from November 18, 2023, through December 17, 2023, from 10 AM to 6 PM.

San Francisco Dickens Fair Venue

Located at the Historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94014, USA.

Experience Dickens Fair San Francisco

Travel back in time and let your festive experience be as classy as the Victorian era. Enticing aromas of holiday food and joy fill the air at Dickens Faire San Francisco.

Delve into seasonal revelry in the lamp-lit town featuring music halls, Christmas shops, pubs, and dance floors.

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Then, meet the legendary Charles Dicken, Oliver Twist, and the lords and ladies of 18th Century London. Perhaps, you can watch live performances or join the crowd as they hit the dance floor.

Once worn out, recharge and satiate your hunger and thirst with British-style snacks and drinks such as roasted chestnuts and meat pie.

Secure your spot as an early bird to relish all the excitement at the Dickens party before the crowds pour in. So, get your tickets now and warm your spirit at the most sophisticated fair in town.


Start Date:

November 17, 2023 @ 10:00 am CST

End Date:

December 17, 2023 @ 6:00 pm CST


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