Ebensburg plans a Dickens of a Christmas

Posted On October 18, 2006

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The county seat will mark the Christmas season with sleigh rides, ice sculptures and old-fashioned Victorian charm.

With Ebensburg’s newly-remodeled Victorian-style downtown to show off and perhaps winter weather with it, the borough is finalizing plans for a “Dickens of a Christmas” event December 1 – 3.

In addition to the borough’s annual Christmas parade and tree lighting, the business district will be dressed up in Charles Dickens’-era decor beside ice sculptures, wassailing crowds and a “Victorian village” of vendors.

All residents are encouraged to embrace the Dickens experience and dress in Victorian costumes as well throughout the weekend. Borough officials have been planning the old-fashioned holiday all year, setting up a list of outdoor events during a typically “indoors” type of season, particularly in Ebensburg. The event is modeled after Wellsboro’s Dickens event, which has caught on in communities across the country.

Veterans Park will become the outdoor village, where vendors will sell holiday fare and wreaths and Christmas trees. Other events will include a model train show, Victorian teas, storytelling at the library and children’s theater. The Borough is encouraging local businesses to get in the holiday spirit and welcome visitors in gowns and stovepipe hats.