Nov. 26-27; Dec. 3-4; Dec. 10-11, 2021
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. 26     Sat, Nov. 27     Fri, Dec. 3     Sat, Dec. 4     Fri, Dec. 10     Sat, Dec. 11

View the go-to guide to the festival: 2021 Dickens Gazette 


Entertainment Schedule, KOTA Theater, Main Street. 

Advanced ticket sales begin Monday, November 8, 2021, 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 reserved seating. 

First Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Nov. 26 at 3pm: "Jason Aldean" - Travis Powell - Tribute to Country Superstar
90 Minute Show - Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $22.00

Saturday, Nov. 27 at 3pm: "Elvis" - Travis Powell - Tribute to the king of rock & roll
90 Minute Show - Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $22.00

Second Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Dec. 3 at 3pm & 7pm: Williams & Ree "AKA The Indian & The Whiteguy"-Music & Comedy Phenomenon
90 Minute Performance
3PM Reserved Seating: Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $22.00
7PM Reserved Seating: Children (12 & Under) $10.00, Adults $35.00

Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:00pm {2 hour Evening Performance!}: Creedence Revived "CCR Tribute Band"

Third Weekend Entertainment
Friday, Dec. 10 at 3pm & 7pm: The Highway Men - Tribute to Cash, Nelson, & Jennings
90 Minute Performance
3PM Reserved Seating: Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $22.00
7PM Reserved Seating: Children (12 & Under) $10.00, Adults $35.00

Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3pm: On The Brink- a capella quartet
90 Minute Show - Children (12 & under) $10.00, Adults $15.00


Ticket Center (All Tickets Sold Here) at the CVB/ ND Firefighter's Museum - (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) -  Open for tickets to: doubledecker rides, entertainment, and play tickets, also serves as a warming house upstairs during the festival.

Welcome Center at the City Auditorium - (Fridays: Noon–7 p.m. & Saturdays: 10a.m.-7 p.m.) - Check out our daily schedules full of information to help you plan your day. Write a London Telegram postcard and we'll mail it for you, press your Dickens penny, or enjoy the Dickens photo cut-out.

Piccadilly Square - City Auditorium (Fridays: Noon–7 p.m. & Saturdays: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.) – A unique shopping experience with twenty plus crafters selling gifts and holiday treats along with Cratchit's Cafe.

Dickens Store - Purchase a souvenir from the festival, many straight from London, to take home or for gifts! Located in the Piccadilly Square.

Live Entertainment - Piccadilly Square (1-2 p.m. & 6-7 p.m.), Each day of the festival enjoy hometown talent, thanks to MEC.

Friends of Library Book Sale - Piccadilly Square (Friday's Noon-6 p.m. & Saturday's 10-6 p.m.), Each day of the festival get a bargain of a deal with this famous book sale!

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 RTC Networks.

Doubledecker Bus Rides - (1:00, 2:30, 3:30, 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.) The 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. trips (each hour) go to the Fort Stevenson Guardhouse to view historical and heritage displays. The 2:30 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 off at the theater. ($3 for each passenger who requires a seat, purchase tickets at the Ticket Center).

Tinsel & Treats - (9 a.m.-7 p.m., Every Day) Garrison Lamplighters, 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, chili, pumpkin bars, & kuchen for purchase from the Garrison Lamplighters.  Warming house available here also.
Quilts & Cuppa Tea - (12 p.m.- 4 p.m., Every Day) At the Cubby Hole, across the street (W) from Piccadilly Square.  View Quilts made by the local Piecemaker's Quilt Guild Members and Dickens Dept 56 villages while enjoying a cuppa genuine London tea for $3.  Purchase tickets to vote for your favorite quilts. 
Top It Off With Style - Children’s Top Hat Decorating, noon-4 p.m., Every Day.  Pick up your top hat kit & head upstairs at the ND Firefighter's Museum to decorate. Free to children under 18 years.
Dickens Story Time at the Library - (2:30 p.m., Dec. 4 & 11) Join us at the Garrison Public Library (located in Piccadilly Square) at 2:30pm 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. This event is free of charge. 
  Kid's Corner at Evangel Church - (Fridays: 2-7:00 p.m. & Saturdays: 10-7:00 p.m.)  Located on Main Street, come in to warm up and enjoy treats, coffee, Grinch milk, a photo booth, food (starting at 4:30 p.m.), and entertainment (starting at 5 p.m.). 

Fezziwig's Feast - (5:30 p.m. Social, 6:00 p.m. Meal at Cubby Hole, Saturdays Only)
Enjoy a three-course gourmet meal by Kyle's Katering along with Hometown's Beer & Wine Tasting.  Limited attendance & $25 reserved tickets for purchase in advance online or remainder at Ticket Center.  Must be 21 or older.

Saturday, Nov. 27 Meal: Stuffed Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Candy Carrots, Caesar Salad, Apple Crisp, Dinner Roll.  Coffee & Water.
Saturday, Dec. 4 Meal: Stuffed Chicken Breast with rice, mushrooms, & alfredo sauce, Caesar Salad, Dessert, Dinner Roll.  Coffee & Water.
Saturday, Dec. 11 Meal: Chicken Alfredo, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Caesar Salad, Dessert, Breadstick.  Coffee & Water.

Street Food Vendors – (4:30 p.m. until the last cup is sold)  Main Street.  From Buffalo Swedish Meatballs & Sausage on a Stick 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 is sponsoring hot chocolate during the parade. Here is the entry form

Deck the House Christmas Light Contest: Every day after dusk. Pick up a map at the ticket center to vote!


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.

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

Dickens Photo Contest - ​Send in your favorite photos taken during the festival or compete in the London Telephone Booth "Selfie" Contest.  The London Telephone Booth can be seen near the Auditorium, thanks to RTC Networks.  Submit up to 5 photos by emailing or mailing to PO Box 521 Garrison, ND 58540. Photos must be received by December 16th 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.

Artist in Residence Pieper Fleck Bloomquist - (Dec. 3 & 4, Fort Stevenson Visitor Center)

Friday, December 3, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Artist Demonstration – Swedish Bonadsmålning is an old type of folk painting found in southern Sweden. Created using egg tempera on linen, these painted “tapestries” were hung at Christmas and special occasions to decorate the homes. Watch Pieper as she creates intricate designs and beautiful images on her modern bonader.

Saturday December 4, 1:00pm-4:00pm. “Swedish Bonad Painting with Egg Tempera – all ages workshop” –Paint along with Pieper using home-made paints of egg yolk and pigment. Learn about Swedish folk-art motifs and use templates to create your own work of art. Children 5 and under should be supervised by an adult. Crayons and markers are available for children whose parents may not be ready to help take on a painting project just yet.

December 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm. “ From Egg Yolks to Stories” Artist Talk and display of work – Join folk artist Pieper Fleck Bloomquist to learn about the story-telling canvasses of old Sweden and hear how Pieper creates paintings that tell modern stories by using old techniques and methods. Pieper has been painting at the park all week – come and see her display of works from this week at the park, as well as pieces from her private collection.


Fort Stevenson State Park Arts & Crafts (1-3 p.m.)

Nov. 26th: Create a Gingerbread House – Drop in class designed for youth ages 4 and up, Saturday, November 27 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM while supplies last. Held at the Fort Stevenson State Park Visitor Center, space is limited. Class supply fee: $5

Dec. 11th: Create a Christmas Nisse (Santa Logs) – Drop in class, Saturday, December 11 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM while supplies last. Held at the Fort Stevenson State Park Visitor Center, space is limited. Class supply fee: $5

Live Comedy Performance of A Christmas Carol, Kota Theater (7:30 p.m.) Friday, Nov. 26th and every Saturday evening (except Saturday, Dec.4- Play will be a matinee showing at 2:00pm). The parody is the work of Sakakawea Area Council of the Arts. Tickets ($18 Adults, $10 Kids 12 & Under, nonrefundable) go on sale beginning Nov. 8th, information under the Buy Tickets tab. Play suitable for children 4 and older. Doors at the theater open a half hour prior to performance for last minute ticket sales or can be purchased at the ND Firefighter's Museum prior in the day.  Check out this year's!

  • November 26, November 27, & December 11 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 4: Matinee Showing at 2:00pm


Ornament Making - by Lewis & Clark Art Club - (Nov. 26, 27, Dec. 4, & 11, 12-5pm) Enjoy decorating a DIY ceramic ornament; Prices vary. Located in the foyer of the Piccadilly Square at the Auditorium.

Fruit Cake Toss, Saturday, December 4, at 11am at the barricaded area by intersection of Central & Main Ave. Sign up at the Queen Bus Barn starting at 9am; Prizes for the best toss. Toss the fruitcake the farthest in your age category & win $$! Free.

Milk & Cookies with Santa, Saturday, December 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the SACA Lodge. Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus and decorate your own Christmas Cookie. Sponsored by the Garrison Chamber Trade Promotion Committee.