Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 2017 6:00 PM
Dickens on the Boulevard is a Victorian-themed Christmas festival in historic downtown Claremore, Oklahoma. The festival, held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, is now in its 21st year in Claremore. Beginning at 6 p.m. each evening, visitors to Dickens on the Boulevard will enjoy live stage entertainment, food, pictures with Santa and more. A Victorian street dance will be held both nights of the event and a territorial marshals reenactment will entertain crowds with plenty of Western-themed action. Living window displays will pepper the downtown area while an artisan village will feature living history demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about life in the Victorian era while re-enactors portraying blacksmiths, spinners, wood carvers, potters and more answer questions from the crowd and sell their wares.
Browse through the festive shops and decorated boutiques of downtown Claremore or enjoy a Christmas-themed wagon ride through the town. A living nativity, a costume contest and a saloon featuring sarsaparilla and water will all be available. Come and enjoy such delicious fare from chuckwagons as well as hot dogs and kettle corn.
Dickens on the Boulevard will also feature all new “Tales from the Top” tours. Witness as the upper floors of Claremore’s historic landmarks come alive as costumed performers tell new stories about the buildings, Claremore and the holiday season. Learn about the unique history of each building through tales told during the tour and then venture inside for live entertainment. Tickets will be on sale beginning Nov. 1 for $12 at Claremore Main Street’s office (located at 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd).
For even more on downtown Claremore's history, Main Street is starting a Historic Walk on Saturday afternoon. The hour-long walking tour will take guests from the Belvidere Mansion to the historic Will Rogers Hotel with a detailed history of the buildings, the characters that make up Claremore's history and stories you've never heard before. The Historic Walk begins at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. and is $8. Tickets will be on sale beginning Nov. 1 at Claremore Main Street’s office (located at 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd).
This two-day event has become a tradition in downtown Claremore through the hard work of the great locally-owned downtown Claremore business owners, volunteers and the Claremore Main Street program. This is just another way of celebrating the city’s rich tradition and enjoying our present in the heart of the city.
Downtown stores will stay open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Come dressed in your best Victorian costume so you can have a chance at winning our best dressed contest. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.
This unique Victorian Christmas Celebration includes:
- Live Street Entertainment
- Living Windows
- Victorian Stroll and Dance
- Pictures of Santa for the kids inside Cranberry Merchant
- Wagon Rides to Claremore Museum of History and Belvidere Mansion
- Local & Regional Authors inside Boarding House Books
- Visit the Territorial Marshals inside the "saloon"
- Victorian fencing demonstration
- Interactive Live Nativity
- Santa's Workshop
- A lot more!
1:00/2:00...........Historic Walk** (Saturday only)
6:00...........Santa Photos, Living Windows, Live Nativity, Hocus T Pocus, Street Entertainment, Santa's Workshop, Wagon Rides & more!
6:00...........Tales from the Top: Upper Floor Tours begin**
6:15...........Tri-State Gunfighters: A 21-Gun Salute to America (Saturday only)
7:15............Victorian fencing re-enactment
7:45...........Territorial Marshals re-enactment (Friday)
Tri-State Gunfighters re-enactment (Saturday)
8:20...........Victorian Best Dressed Costumes “Awards” Presentation
8:30...........Victorian Stroll-Street Dance
**** Stage entertainment is to be determined.
For more questions, please call Claremore Main Street at (918) 341-5881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.