Wetumpka’s Downtown Dickens Christmas
Get ready for an unforgettable journey back in time as Wetumpka’s Downtown Dickens Christmas 2023 brings the Victorian era to life. This extraordinary Christmas festival offers a plethora of enchanting activities and delights that will fill your heart with the joy of the season.
What to Expect:
- City Christmas Tree Lighting: Join us on the courthouse lawn at 6:00 PM for the grand illumination of the City Christmas tree. The Mayor and City staff, all dressed in period-appropriate costumes, will make this moment truly special.
- Orchestra on the Courthouse Steps: Immerse yourself in the sounds of the season as a massive old-fashioned orchestra fills the air with the melodies of Christmas on the courthouse steps.
- Live Nativity: Experience the magic of the nativity scene at the Methodist Church, complete with real animals, on the courthouse lawn. This live reenactment captures the essence of the season.
- Meet Father Christmas: Father Christmas awaits you, seated on a luxurious velvet couch in the alleyway. Capture your cherished holiday moments with free photos, courtesy of our friends at Valley Bank.
- Nativity Display: Explore the beauty of nativities from around the world at the Elmore County Museum. This extensive display will leave you in awe of the global celebration of Christmas.
- Horse-Drawn Carriage: While there won’t be rides, a horse-drawn carriage with carolers will enchant you as it meanders through town, adding to the ambiance of the evening.
- Christmas Artist Market: The Kelly Gallery is your destination for a vast Christmas Artist Market. Discover unique and handcrafted treasures to make your holiday season even more special.
- Christmas Makers Market: Court Street undergoes a transformation into a Christmas Makers Market, featuring kettle corn, candies, jams, a yarn spinner, and more. Only period-appropriate vendors in costume will be present.
- Enchanting Decorations: The City has expanded its Christmas decorations, adorning light poles with beautiful wreaths and bows. All the trees will be adorned with dazzling lights, creating a truly magical atmosphere.
- Cattlemen’s Association: Satisfy your taste buds with steak sandwiches cooked on an open grill, lovingly prepared by the Cattlemen’s Association in costume.
- Delicious Delights: The Episcopal Church will be serving camp stew, and the Family Resource Center has free cookies to sweeten your evening.
- Historic Fire Department: The Fire Department will be there in old-time costumes, showcasing their historic hose cart.
- Musicians and Carolers: Enjoy the sounds of the season as musicians and carolers spread festive cheer throughout town.
- Master Gardeners: The Elmore County Master Gardeners, adorned in period attire, will be handing out sachets and warm wishes for a Merry Christmas.
- Christmas Storybook Walk: The Shoppes Downtown are creating a “Christmas Storybook Walk” down Hill Street. This unique experience, in partnership with local artists and organizations, promises to be a memorable adventure.
Wetumpka’s Downtown Dickens Christmas 2023 is a one-night extravaganza that encapsulates the enchantment of a Victorian Christmas. We invite you to celebrate this festive season with us and create cherished memories that will warm your heart for years to come. Dress up, join the merriment, and be transported to a world of timeless holiday magic!