In the month of December 2011,  Chestnut Hill, PA is transformed into a festive Victorian village with special holiday and Dickens performances, extended store hours and Dickens-themed activities up and down Germantown Avenue.  Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA)will join the festivities by providing jugglers from their performance company, Airplay Entertainment.  All Dickens' themed activities are tied into the upcoming celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens in 2012, presented by the the Free Library of Philadelphia

Charles Dickens, Chestnut Hill Business Association, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts The holiday village will take shoppers into the world of Charles Dickens’ famous tale 'A Christmas Carol.'  There will be a Taste of Dickens at McNallys throughout the holidays with the Dickens Sandwich and wassail. The Chestnut Grill & Sidewalk Cafe is offering Ebeneezer’s Eggnog and Fish & Chips with Malt Vinegar!  Visitors will meet characters from the story, listen to Victorian carolers and eat roasted chestnuts.  Street performers will include jugglers from PSCA's performance company, Airplay Entertainment.  They will perform outside, at 8300 Germantown Avenue, at the Polar Bear Bench. There will also be a Santa and a Dickens character. Stop and say hello!

All activities are free (unless otherwise noted on the website) and take place on Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, PA.   The Dickensian excitement will take place on Stag & Doe Nights as well as Saturdays and Sundays during December.  A free shuttle on Stag & Doe Nights will take shoppers up and down the Avenue so they won’t miss a thing! For a complete listing of activities, dates and times, visit:

Save the Date! 

Chestnut Hill's Dickens Village is a great warm-up to the big 2012 celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens in 2012, presented by the the Free Library of Philadelphia.  The Free Library will showcase their  outstanding collections. Charles Dickens was the most popular English writer of the Victorian age whose work continues to be studied, read, and enjoyed. In his career, which spanned a little over 35 years, he wrote 15 novels (if you count the unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and countless shorter pieces of fiction and journalism, bringing into the world nearly 1,000 characters, many of them the most memorable characters in all of fiction.  Watch for more information in the new year. 


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