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The Great Dickens…

The Paddy West School of Seamanship sings

…Christmas Fair.

It’s become a Max Pictures winter holiday tradition to visit The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. So, this year, like so many years before, Miss T and I met up with Programmer Girl (our friend and Dickens Fair denizen) at the Cow Palace for a day of Dickensian fun.

From the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, the Fair takes over the exhibition halls at the Cow Palace. Victorianesque storefronts, restaurants, pubs, and public meeting places are erected along Dickens-named streets, and players in Victorian dress populate the entirely-enclosed “town.”

Diners on Fish Street

The Fair isn’t historically-accurate (read: serious) like Colonial Williamsburg, or experience-enforced (read: branded) like Disneyland. Dickens is more along the lines of a costume party or a high school play. The cast and visitors who dress up seem to have a lot of fun.

If you’ve never been to Dickens Fair, you can see 20 DIckens Fair photos from this past weekend at maxpixpix on Picasa. You can also see Programmer Girl’s pix on Flickr.

As they say in Victorian England, “Happy Christmas!”

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