The 25th Annual Village of Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival held on Dec. 4 and 5 is in the history books. It returned after being canceled in 2020. Visitors gathered to celebrate the beloved author as once again this quaint seaport village was turned into a living Dickens stage.
From the opening Main Street parade on Saturday to the closing parade and holiday tree lighting on Sunday with all the events in between, the festival added a sparkle and a smile to attendees.
The breathtaking Festival of Trees, featuring Christmas trees decorated by participating
sponsors, yielded a Hollywood-level experience that is held throughout the month of December at the Port Jefferson Village Center. The whimsical Santa’s Workshop, a tribute to Christmas of yesteryear, was on everyone’s “must see” list.
Rounding out the weekend were performances from a roving troupe of more than 130 Dickens street characters. From enacting Dickensian skits at the various “natural” outdoor stages around the village to groups of costumed players visiting local restaurants singing carols, the volunteer core of performers, both area students and professional actors, brought Victorian England alive in Port Jefferson.
The Charles Dickens Festival delighted even the Scroogiest of curmudgeons, and planning for the 26th annual festival has already commenced.
The Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival is produced by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council in cooperation with the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson. For more information, visit gpjac.org.