Dickens of a Christmas

Ohio Village, Columbus

December 12. 13, 19, and 20, 2014• 6-9 p.m.
December 21, 2014 • Noon-5 p.m.

Follow the Ghost of Christmas Past to Ohio Village this holiday season and experience the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas inspired by the colorful tales of Charles Dickens.

Dickens toured Ohio in 1842, shortly before publishing one of his most beloved books, A Christmas Carol. In the spirit of the holidays as celebrated in Dickens' time, Dickens of a Christmas transforms Ohio Village with Victorian-era crafts, decorations, caroling, cooking demonstrations and traditions inspired by his festive vision of Christmas.

Meet Saint Nicholas himself and an assortment of 19th-century characters who'll make this holiday season memorable for one and all. 

Family Friendly: This event has activities and performances that will engage and entertain multiple age groups, from toddler to teenager. Buildings are heated and there are modern restrooms with changing tables. Most of the Ohio Village is gravel road, but strollers move easily on the boardwalk that runs around entire village. Call 800-686-1541 with any accommodation questions; we're here to help.

Attire: Please dress for the weather. Everyone will be able to warm up in the buildings, but it is still December in Ohio (no matter what century it is!). 

Admission: $12/adult, $9/youth (6-12); $10/Ohio History Connection adult member, $7/Ohio History Connection youth member (6-12); and FREE/child (5 and under). Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 800-686-1541 or online by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Parking: FREE

Location: Ohio Village is located at I-71 and 17th Ave. (Exit 111) in Columbus. Click here for directions

Tips for a Great Visit to Ohio Village

  • You can use credit and debit cards to buy tickets at the entrance.
  • If you bought tickets online, make sure to have your confirmation with you. This will help you get through the line faster!
  • Once in the village you will want to have cash for food and other treats. Make sure to stop at an ATM before you arrive.
  • Ohio Village does not have an ATM on site.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Make sure to pick up a map and schedule when you enter, this will help you find everything you need during your visit.
  • Smoking is not permitted in Ohio Village.
  • Only service animals are permitted in Ohio Village.

Accessibility is a priority for the Ohio History Connection, but please note that not all of our Village buildings are wheelchair accessible.

 


Dickens of a Christmas Event Details
Activities, Sites, and Performances

Throughout Ohio Village
You may have a chance encounter with the Ghost of Marley and the giver of gifts, St. Nick.

A Christmas Carol Play, TOWN HALL, 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, additional performances on Sunday
Join in the fun with this interactive presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
 
A Visit with St. Nicholas, CHURCH, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, additional performance on Sunday
Meet St. Nicholas, the 4th-century Bishop who inspired Santa Claus.
 
Ohio Village Singers, TOWN HALL, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, additional performances on Sunday
Listen to the sounds of the season. They will carol throughout the Village between the concerts.

A Christmas Carol Puppets, SCHOOL HOUSE
Take time to put on your own puppet show with puppets, stage and script.
 
Christmas Cards, NEWSPAPER OFFICE
Hand tint Victorian Christmas cards, including a reproduction of the first official Christmas card created in England in 1843.

Holiday Shopping, GENERAL STORE
Stop in the Store for some last minute holiday shopping. You never know what unique gift items you’ll find!

Tastes of Christmas, FARM HOUSE
Stop in to see what is being prepared for the holiday and sample some tasty treats.
 
Stringing Popcorn for the Holiday Tree, LODGING HOUSE
Visitors are welcome to string popcorn and cranberries for our tree, or are welcome to take them home for their own tree.
 
The Scents of Christmas, PHARMACY
Visitors can make bouquets of fresh greens to bring the special scents of Christmas into their own homes.

Victorian Folded Paper Boxes, FREIGHT OFFICE
Make and decorate your own gift-giving holiday box.
 
St. Nicholas Traditions, YELLOW RESIDENCE
Learn about a fun gift-giving tradition and the real person whose good deeds inspired Santa Claus.
 
Christmas Carol Ghosts, FUNERAL PARLOR
Meet Scrooge’s unwelcome guests, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
 
Toys & Crafts, TOY SHOP
For all the young at heart, stop in to play with some old games and toys. You will also have the opportunity
to make a craft or decoration.

Victorian Holiday Traditions, DOCTOR'S HOUSE
Dickens referred to the Christmas tree as “a pretty little German toy.” Learn about the Christmas tree and other Victorian traditions, such as wassail, Christmas Pie and the Yule Log.

Roasted Chestnuts, MARKET HOUSE
Have you ever tasted a roasted chestnut? Well here is your chance. You may partake in this tasty treat for a nominal fee.



Holiday Dinners

This is Your Life Ebenezer Scrooge

Dec. 18, 2014 (Limited space available)

$60/adult, $50/OHS member.


Tonight's honoree is a grumpy old curmudgeon known for his miserly ways. While partaking in a festive meal, join your host, Jacob Marley, as he introduces people from the good, the bad, and the ugly of Ebenezer Scrooge's life.

Call: 800.686.1541 to register starting October 1

Dickens Dinners

We will start taking reservations October 1! 

Enjoy Free Admission to Dickens of a Christmas with Dickens of a Dinner or Christmas Buffet

Dickens of a Dinner
SOLD OUT! Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 • 6-7:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT! Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 • 6-7:30m p.m.
SOLD OUT! Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 • 6-7:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT! Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 • 6-7:30p.m.

Advance registration is required for this popular holiday event.
Feast on a sumptuous Dickens of a Dinner at the American House Hotel and hear carols performed by the Ohio Village Singers, then enjoy Dickens of a Christmas festivities throughout Ohio Village until 9 p.m., included with dinner.  $60/adult ($50/Ohio History Connection member). Cash bar available. Advance registration is required for this popular holiday event. Call 800.686.1541 to make your reservation. You can also make your reservation online by clicking here.

Christmas Buffet
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
SOLD OUT! 11 a.m. 
SOLD OUT! 2 p.m.

Advance registration is required for this popular holiday event.
Enjoy a Christmas Buffet at the American House Hotel and hear carols performed by the Ohio Village Singers. Take in Dickens of a Christmas festivities throughout Ohio Village from noon-5 p.m., included with the Christmas Buffet.$44/adult, $22/youth (ages 6-12); $35/Ohio History Connection adult member, $19/Ohio History Connection youth member (6-12). Advance registration is required for this popular holiday event. Call 800.686.1541 to make your reservation.You may also make your reservation online by clicking here.

Questions? Call 800.686.1541 or email reservations@ohiohistory.org.


Ohio History Center/Ohio Village

614-297-2300/800-686-6124

800 E. 17th Ave. (17th Ave & 71)

Columbus Ohio 43211

Click here for a map and driving directions.