Posted by Linda Mackey on Sep 08, 2017
We're hosting the Dickens Festival again!
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Dickens Festival to be held Dec. 2 in downtown Medford

MEDFORD-The Medford Sunrise Rotary will once again present the 28th annual Dickens Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown Medford. The family friendly event will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and it promises to be a magical time for children and grown-ups alike. For one night every year, Main Street in Medford is transformed into a quaint winter wonderland, featuring holiday festivities galore with an old timely flair. The festival typically attracts more than 10,000 people from within Medford and from many surrounding communities.  Locals never fail to catch up with old friends on the street; there's something for everyone! 

Exciting things get underway around 5:45 p.m., when a parade heralded by the town crier transports Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf or two to the gazebo in the center of the downtown Village (18 N. Main Street). Grand Marshal Ron Murphy of Murphy’s Market is once again the presenting sponsor of the Dickens Festival. The annual tree-lighting ceremony happens next, as town officials gather to turn the lights on at the township Christmas tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay at the gazebo all evening long to greet children of all ages.

Visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street in Medford’s historic district, past  lampposts and shops adorned with holiday decorations and twinkling lights. Carolers dressed in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” garb will make their way up and down the street, entertaining the masses. Various musicians will perform favorite holiday tunes from porches along the way.

We've invited many of the most popular performers from years past to come again:  Marshall Steve’s pony rides,  an ice carver sculpting a special holiday surprise, a moon bounce (with a “Frozen” theme), the Give ‘n Take jugglers, Stockton-Brown stilt-walkers, a face painter, a town crier,  the always popular Live Nativity at Tomlinson Park in front of the library, and outdoor movies. Don’t be surprised to see Olaf from “Frozen” roaming the streets!

Plan to do some holiday shopping, as a whole host of crafters and vendors will also be on hand: with unique gifts for the person that's hard to buy for, friends and family that are sure to surprise and delight.  Many new vendors will be here this year in addition to some favorites. 

And, of course, plenty of delicious food and beverages will be available, provided by vendors arranged in food courts at the ends of the streets, allowing for easier flow and less generator noise. 

While you’re in town, pick up your annual illuminated glass Christmas ornament at the Medford Sunrise Rotary table,  and pick up freebies and information from various local businesses. 

Local radio stations B101-More FM radio and Radio Station Z889 @ Rowan at BCC will be doing a live remote from the festival.

Please note: Main Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic during the course of the event, from Route 70 to Chapel Avenue. Parts of Union Street and Bank Street will also be closed. For more information, visit www.MedfordPolice.org the week prior to the festival.
 
A listing of directions and Medford Village parking areas will be found at www.medfordtownship.com/events. Handicapped parking will be available.