Schedule of Events
Nov. 23-24-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, 2018
Please note this is a tentative schedule and revisions may occur prior to the event.

2018 Information is still being finalized.  Please continue to check back for updated information.

Make planning your day at the festival easier with these daily schedules!
​Fri, Nov. 23     Sat, Nov. 24     Sun, Nov. 25     Fri, Nov. 30     Sat, Dec. 1     Fri, Dec. 7     Sat, Dec. 8

View the go-to guide to the festival: 2017 Dickens Gazette

Entertainment Schedule, KOTA Theater, Main Street. 

Advanced ticket sales begin Monday, November 13, 2017, with any remaining tickets being sold at the Information Center until a half hour prior to showtime for that day's performance only.  After that time, remaining tickets will only be available at the door.  All Entertainment tickets are general admission.

First Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Nov. 23 at 3pm: Divas Through the Decades
Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $17.00 Advanced/ $20.00 Day Of

Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3pm: The Preacher's Daughters
Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $17.00 Advanced/ $20.00 Day Of

Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3pm: Todd Oliver & Friends
Family Day: Children (5 & under) FREE, Ages 6-16 $10.00, Adults $17.00 Advanced/ $20.00 Day Of

Purchase all 3 performances for $45.00!  (Save $6! For advance sale only.)

Second Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Nov. 30 at 3pm: Joe Schmidt Music
Children (12 & under) $5.00, Adults $10.00 Advanced/ $15.00 Day Of

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30pm {2 hour Nightly Performance!}: 
Live from Las Vegas: Yesterday- A Beatles Tribute
RESERVED SEATING: Adults $35.00 Advanced/ $40.00 Day Of

Third Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Dec. 7 at 3pm:

Children (12 & under) $5.00, Adults $10.00 Advanced/ $15.00 Day Of

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3pm: Da Lutherlic Ladies
Children (12 & under) $5.00, Adults $10.00 Advanced/ $15.00 Day Of

Special Weekend Events:

Family Day: Sunday, Nov. 26
--Strolling Characters - (4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26) Meet & Greet with Garrison's own unique strolling characters wandering around the Piccadilly Square and Main Street.  Frosty, Wally the Walleye, Roscoe, Mr. Trooper, and more.
--Rose Maylie's Tea Parlour - (Noon - 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26)  Join Providence Church on Trooper Ave for Tea that includes a three course luncheon, parlour games, photos, Character visits, and drawings.  More information & Tickets discounted in advance by purchasing here.

English High Tea - (1 p.m.–4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25 & Saturday, Nov. 26.) First Congregational Church, 1 block east of Four Seasons Restaurant. Tickets ($5 adults, $2.50 for youth 10 and under) at the door. View the festival of trees. Craft sale, too.

Top It Off With Style- Children’s Top Hat Decorating Activity, Friday, Nov. 23; Saturday, Nov. 24; Sunday, Nov. 25; Saturday, Dec. 1; Saturday Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Upstairs the ND Firefighter's Museum. Free Will Offering.

Lantern Lift Off by the American Legion Post 49 nightly (except for Nov. 25), weather permitting at the City Park. Contact Karen Meier at 463-7344 to purchase your lantern or to learn more. The Legion building in the City Park is also available as a warming house each afternoon/each evening, except Nov. 27. 

Fruit Cake Toss, Second Saturday, December 1, at 1 p.m. barracaded area by interscetion of Central & Main Ave.  Sign up at the Queen Bus Barn; Prizes for the best toss. Toss the fruitcake the farthest in your category & win $$!  Free. 

Milk & Cookies with Santa, Last Saturday, December 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1/2 block west of Auditorium.  Meet Santa & Friends, decorate your own Christmas Cookie.  Sponsored by the Garrison Chamber Trade Promotion Committee.

ND Firefighter's Museum Waffle, French Toast, & Sausage Brunch, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. at the Garrison Fire Hall.  Good food with an interesting museum to see, too. Free will donation.

Every Day Events:

Information Center at the City Auditorium - (10 a.m.–7 p.m.) Open for tickets to: house tours, doubledecker rides, afternoon entertainment, and itinerary (Exception: Noon–6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 26). Write a London Telegraph postcard and we'll mail it for you, purchase your Queen merchandise, or create your own penny souvenir!

Reservation Center at the CVB/ ND Firefighter's Museum - (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) Open for Play Tickets prior to the performance, also serves as a warming house upstairs during the festival. (Exception: Noon–6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 25).

Piccadilly Square - City Auditorium (10 a.m.–7 p.m.) – (Exception: Noon-6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 25) A unqiue shopping experience with Twenty plus crafters selling gifts and holiday treats along with Cratchit's Cafe.  FREE live entertainment each night from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. 

Carriage Rides – (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) Each day of the Festival, weather permitting, Near the City Auditorium. FREE, thanks to our sponsor Reservation Telephone Cooperative.

Dickens Photo Contest - ​Send in your favorite photos taken during the festival or compete in the London Telephone Booth "Selfie" Contest.  London Telephone Booth can be seen near the Auditorium, thanks to RTC.  Submit up to 5 photos by emailing or mailing to PO Box 521 Garrison, ND 58540. Photos must be received by Tuesday, December 12th to be eligible. All photos submitted ar subject to being used for publication & promotional material and will become property of the Dickens Village Festival Committee.  Prize winnings in each category.

Doubledecker Bus Rides - (12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.) The 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. trips (each a hour) go to Fort Stevenson Guardhouse to view historical and heritage displays. The 2 p.m. ride is a 30-minute tour around town.  The 5 p.m. ride includes being part of the lighted parade on Main Street. The 6:30 p.m. is a 30-minute ride to view lighted homes; riders will be dropped at the theater for the singalong prior to the play. ($3 for each passenger who requires a seat, purchase tickets at the Information Center).

House Tour - (Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.)  Tickets are just $5.00 at the Information Center.

Tinsel & Treats - (12 p.m.-5 p.m., Every Day) Senior Citizens Center, 1/2 Block west of Auditorium.  Enjoy a festival of trees decorated by local organizations, businesses, and inviduals.  Purchase tickets to vote for your favorite tree.  Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, rhubarb kuchen; pumpkin & apple desserts for purchase by the Garrison Lamplighters. Tickets sold at the door.  Warming house available here also.

Dickens Quilt Show - (12 p.m.- 5 p.m., Every Day) At the SACA Lodge, 1/2 Block west of the Auditorium.  View Quilts made by the local Piecemaker's Quilt Guild Members and Dickens Dept 56 villages.  Purchase tickets to vote for your favorite quilts.  Scandinavian Bake Sale will be set up by Camp of the Cross Ministries.

Wine & Cheese Tour - (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)  At Hometown Tavern, must be age 21 to attend.  FREE

Dickens Event Geocache - Twelve unique hand carved wooden Scrooge ornaments will be hidden randomly throughout Fort Stevenson State Park.  GPS coordinates for each ornament will be posted at  Locate an ornament and log your find a the Dickens Information Center to claim $5.00.  If you don't have a GPS unit, stop at the park office for a loaner unit.  Check out the details here.

Historic/Heritage Side Trip - (12:30–5 p.m.) Fort Stevenson Guardhouse, Fort Stevenson State Park, 3½ miles south of Garrison. View the displays, murals and learn about life during the days of the original fort.

American Legion Building - Hugh P. Minehan American Legion Post 49 offers use of its building at the City Park as a warming house during the festival.  Open each Friday & Saturday from 4-7 p.m., coffee & hot chocolate will be available.

Street Food Vendors – (4:30 p.m. until the last cup is sold)  Main Street.  Here's what's available.

Lighted Parade – Main Street. (5:30 p.m.) Dickens Festival Committee sponsoring hot cocoa during the parade. Here is the entry form. The parade goes past The Manor and BLC the first weekend.

Live Entertainment - Piccadilly Square (6 p.m.-7 p.m.), Each night of the festival, enjoy hometown talent.

Holiday Sing-along – Kota Theater (7 p.m.) An old fashioned sing-along before each play for ticket holders. It’s fun - thanks to our sponsors from Reservation Telephone Cooperative and North Dakota Long Distance.

Live Stage Performance, Kota Theater (7:30 p.m.) Every Friday and Saturday evening (except Saturday, Dec. 1- Play will be a matinee showing at 2:00pm), a live stage performance of "A Christmas Carol" by Gayann Truelove & Tammy Barton. The play is the work of Sakakawea Area Council of the Arts. Tickets ($17, nonrefundable) go on sale beginning Nov. 13th, information under the Buy Tickets tab. There is no play Sunday, Nov. 25. Play suitable for children 4 and older. Doors at the theater open at 6:30 p.m. for last minute ticket sales or can be purchased at the ND Firefighter's Museum prior in the day.

November 23 & 24, November 30, & December 7 & 8: Live Stage Performance at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 1st: Matinee Showing of a Live Stage Performance at 2:00pm