The McHenry Mansion Dickens Faire has been
held for over ten years and starts off the holiday season on the
first Saturday in December. It is a memorable community event
offering house tours with many docents dressed in the fashion of
Free children’s activities take place at the
McHenry Museum, which is just down the street from the mansion.
The entire street in front of the house is
closed to traffic for the day and vendors set up booths featuring
a unique and interesting assortment of Christmas items, jewelry,
food, crafts and other offerings for sale. It’s a great place to do
some early holiday shopping.
Several food booths are on site including one
ran by the Mansion Foundation, serving coffee, hot chocolate,
soda, hot dogs, doughnuts, pies etc.
Strolling carolers and Christmas choruses
provide entertainment as well as bagpipers, harpists and other
musical ensembles filling the air with a sense of joy and
Additional entertainment is provided through
the Certified Farmers Market, which is set up nearby on the day of
the festivities. Father Christmas is also in attendance, complete
with a large bag of candy canes!
Carriage rides are available for a nominal
fee and are a popular reminder of a by-gone era.
Dickens Faire is sure to provide a full day
of fun for the entire family. Plan to join us!