Schedule of Events
Nov. 29, 30, & Dec. 1; Dec. 6-7; Dec. 13-14, 2019
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. 29     Sat, Nov. 30     Sun, Dec. 1     Fri, Dec. 6     Sat, Dec. 7     Fri, Dec. 13     Sat, Dec. 14

View the go-to guide to the festival: 2019 Dickens Gazette (Coming soon!)

Entertainment Schedule, KOTA Theater, Main Street. 

Advanced ticket sales begin Monday, November 11, 2019, with any remaining tickets being sold at the Reservation 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 except Sat., Dec. 7 evening performance.

<BUNDLE & SAVE: Purchase a Season Pass (All 3pm entertainment except Sat., Dec 7) for only $80! >
<BUNDLE & SAVE: Get tickets for the 3pm Afternoon Entertainment + the evening play performance for only $30.00! (Excludes Sun, Dec. 1)>

First Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Nov. 29 at 3pm: Robby Vee - Rock-n-roll original
Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $18.00

Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3pm: The Danny Elvis Show - Tribute to the king of rock & roll
Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $18.00

Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3pm: Jared Sherlock - Award-winning illusionist & comic magician.
Family Day: Children (12 & under) FREE, Ages 13-16 $10.00, Adults 17+ $18.00

Second Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Dec. 6 at 3pm: Brianna Helbling & the Outsiders -Up & Coming Artist: Country & Other Genres
Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $18.00

Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30pm {2 hour Evening Performance!}: John Denver "The Tribute" 
<PROMO: Get tickets for the matinee play performance at 2:00pm & the evening Tribute Performance for only $60.00!>

Third Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Dec. 13 at 3pm: Gordy "Crazy Fingers" Lindquist -
World renowned pianist
Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $18.00

Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3pm: The Looney Lutherans - A comedy trio of wacky gals.
Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $18.00

Special Weekend Events:

Family Day: Sunday, Dec. 1
-- Strolling Characters - (4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1) 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.

English High Tea - (1 p.m.–4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29 & Saturday, Nov. 30.) 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, Friday, Nov. 29; Saturday, Nov. 30; Sunday, Dec. 1; Saturday, Dec. 7; Saturday Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m., Pick up your top hat kit & head upstairs at the ND Firefighter's Museum to decorate. Free to children under 18 years.

The Portrait Shoppe - by Diana Bertrand Photography - (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1: 12-3pm, Dec. 7 & 14: 2-5pm)  Remember your experience at the Dickens Village Festival with a souvenir family photo printed on site, new for 2019!  Additional print and digital add-ons available.  Located in the foyer of the Piccadilly Square at the Auditorium.

Ornament Making & Facepainting - by Lewis & Clark Art Club - (Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 14: 10am-7pm)  Enjoy decorating a DIY ceramic ornament or getting your face painted by the Lewis & Clark Art Club.  Prices vary.  Located in the foyer of the Piccadilly Square at the Auditorium.

Lantern Lift Off by the American Legion Post 49 nightly (except for Dec. 1), weather permitting at the City Park.  The Legion building in the City Park is also available as a warming house each afternoon/each evening, except Dec. 1. 

Fruit Cake Toss, Second Saturday, December 7, 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 age category & win $$!  Free. 

Milk & Cookies with Santa, Last Saturday, December 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the ND Firefighter's Museum Upstairs.  Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus and decorate your own Christmas Cookie.  Sponsored by the Garrison Chamber Trade Promotion Committee.

Every Day Events:

Welcome Center at the City Auditorium - (10 a.m.–7 p.m.) - (Exception on Sun., Dec. 1: Noon–6 p.m.) Check out our daily schedules full of information to help you plan your day.  Write a London Telegraph postcard and we'll mail it for you, enjoy live entertainment from 1-2pm & 6-7pm, or enjoy the Dickens photo cut-out.  NEW this year - register to win a 2019 American Girl Doll or a Red Ryder BB Gun!

Reservation Center (All Tickets Sold Here) at the CVB/ ND Firefighter's Museum - (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) - (Exception on Sun., Dec. 1: Noon-6 p.m.) Open for tickets to: house tours, doubledecker rides, afternoon entertainment, and play tickets, 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, NE of the Auditorium at 1 Central Ave E. 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 in the foyer of Piccadilly Square/ City Auditorium.

Dickens Store - Purchase a souvenir from the festival, many straight from London, to take home or for gifts!   Located in a store front on main street at a NEW location, 1 North Main Street!

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 Reservation Center.

Tinsel & Treats - (9 a.m.-7 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 from 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. 

Wine & Cheese Tour - (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)  At Hometown Tavern, must be age 21 to attend.  FREE

Dickens Story time at the Library - (4:30 p.m., Every Day)  Join us at the Garrison Public Library (located in the Auditorium) every afternoon at 4:30pm for a children's Christmas story.  One lucky winner will walk away with a free copy of the book of the day!  Also, enjoy a small kids craft.  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 Park Visitors 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.

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Scavenger Hunt - (Free, Every Day)  The game's afoot!  Join us in a scavenger hunt for clues to solve Sherlock Holmes' most challenging case!  Grab the case notes at the ND Firefighter's Museum and begin your search.

Kid's Corner at Evangel Church - (3-8 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sun, Dec. 1)  Located on Main Street (former Fezziwig's Building), enjoy cotton candy, Hot Apple Cider, Coffee, and a children's activity.  Come also to warm up!

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 (1-2 p.m. & 6-7 p.m.), Each day of the festival, except Sunday, enjoy hometown talent.

Holiday Sing-along – Kota Theater (7 p.m.) An old fashioned sing-along before each play for ticket holders performed by the SACA Singers. It’s fun - thanks to our sponsors from Reservation Telephone Cooperative.

Live Stage Performance, Kota Theater (7:30 p.m.) Every Friday and Saturday evening (except Saturday, Dec.7- Play will be a matinee showing at 2:00pm), a live stage performance of "A Christmas Carol" by local writer, Mike Youngs. The play is the work of Sakakawea Area Council of the Arts. Tickets ($18, nonrefundable) go on sale beginning Nov. 11th, information under the Buy Tickets tab. There is no play Sunday, Dec. 1. 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 29, November 30, December 6, & December 13 & 14: Live Stage Performance at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 7:  Matinee Showing of a Live Stage Performance at 2:00pm