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.

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: 2018 Dickens Gazette (Coming soon!)

Entertainment Schedule, KOTA Theater, Main Street. 

Advanced ticket sales begin Monday, November 12, 2018, 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 of the theater.  All Entertainment tickets are general admission.

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

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

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

<PROMO: Purchase all 3 first weekend performances for $45.00!  (Save $6! Advance sales only.)>

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

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30pm {2 hour Evening Performance!}: 
Live from Las Vegas: Yesterday- A Beatles Tribute 
RESERVED SEATING: Adults $35.00 Advanced/ $40.00 Day Of. 
<PROMO: Get tickets for the matinee play performance at 2:00pm & the evening Beatles Tribute Performance for only $50.00>

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

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

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

Special Weekend Events:

Family Day: Sunday, Nov. 25
-- ND Firefighter's Museum Waffle, French Toast, & Sausage Brunch - (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25) Free will donation at the Garrison Fire Hall.
-- Strolling Characters
- (4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25) 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.
--Live Reindeer Display - (1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25) Meet & learn more about Santa's Reindeer from Crystal Collection Reindeer from Lake Crystal, MN.  Thanks to our sponsor McLean Electric Cooperative; tickets are just $3.00 and can be purchased at the Information Center.  Viewings scheduled every 15 minutes at the Queen Bus Barn (NW of Auditorium)

English High Tea - (1 p.m.–4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 & Saturday, Nov. 24.) First Congregational Church, 1 block east of Four Seasons Restaurant. Tickets at the door ($5 adults, $2.50 for youth 10 and under).

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 at the ND Firefighter's Museum. Free to children under 18 years.

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. barricaded area by intersection 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.

Every Day Events:

Information Center at the City Auditorium - (10 a.m.–7 p.m.) - (Exception on Sun., Nov. 25: Noon–6 p.m.) Open for tickets to: house tours, doubledecker rides, afternoon entertainment, and itinerary.  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.) - (Exception on Sun., Nov. 25: Noon-6 p.m.) Open for Play Tickets prior to the performance, also serves as a warming house upstairs during the festival. 

Piccadilly Square - City Auditorium (10 a.m.–7 p.m.) – (Exception on Sun., Nov. 25: Noon-6 p.m.) 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 Queens Bus Barn. 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 December 12th to be eligible. All photos submitted are subject to being used for publication & promotional material and will become property of the Dickens Village Festival Committee.  Prize winnings in each category.

London Telegram - Send a postcard to your friends & family, straight from the festival!  Fill out your postcard, drop in the London Mailbox, & your message will be headed to its destination.  Located near the Information Center in the City Auditorium.

Dickens Store - Purchase a souvenir from the festival, many straight from London, to take home or for gifts!  Or create your own Penny souvenir with our Dickens Penny Press.  Located in a booth at the Piccadilly Square.

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.)  Visit Donn Vetter's 100-year old home brimming with local history and known for its' ghostly presence.  Tickets are just $5.00 at the Information Center.

Tinsel & Treats - (10 a.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 individuals; vote for your favorite.  Enjoy free coffee & hot chocolate; also cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, pumpkin bars, & kuchen for purchase by the Garrison Lamplighters.  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 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 at 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.  From Buffalo Swedish Meatballs & Turkey Drumsticks to Rice Pudding & Homemade Soups, a variety of yummy foods are available from non-profit organizations.

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 "Merry Christmas, Mr. Scrooge" by local writer, Mike Youngs. The play is the work of Sakakawea Area Council of the Arts. Tickets ($17, nonrefundable) go on sale beginning Nov. 12th, 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