The annual festival in Narberth is one of the must-see holiday events in the area
NARBERTH, PA – The Narberth Dickens Festival, which Narberth's website touts as the biggest holiday festival on the Main Line, will once again transform Narberth into 1840s London on December 2, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m.
If you've got the love and blessings of Tiny Tim in your heart, this time-honored traditional festival has something for you -- including period street vendors and food, caroling, musicians, costumed performers tackling the best of Dickensian literature, puppet shows, dance, ice sculpting, and carriage rides.
This free family event held each December takes place in downtown Narberth, on Forrest Ave. and Haverford Ave, drawing thousands to the tiny hamlet each year to revel in the trappings of Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol. While entry to the event is free, some aspects do cost money. Carriage rides cost a Narberth Shilling (a $5 coin), and there are a few souvenirs for sale as well.
Kids can join the free scavenger hunt to search for costumed characters like Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. SEPTA provides easy access through its regional rail with three stops from 30th St. Station on the Paoli/Thorndale line.
What to Expect at This Year's Festival
You can view the full slate of events by downloading this PDF. The 2018 Narberth Dickens Festival features:
- Ebenezer Scrooge and all the characters from “A Christmas Carol”
- dozens of period-authentic costumed performers
- free scavenger hunt & free prizes for kids - 1 pm to 3 pm (Scavenger hunters can start the hunt any time between 1 and 3pm. You don't have to be finished by 3, but we can't start any new hunters after 3 pm).
- horse and carriage rides through the Narberth streets
- professional brass musicians
- The "Men of Harmony" Dickensian carolers
- Waldron Mercy "Treblemakers" Choir
- Horn's Punch & Judy Puppet Show (www.hornspunch.com)
- The Kingsessing Morris Men
- Ari Paul the Entertainer
- Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
- free craft activities for kids
- professional ice sculpting display
- free showing of A Muppet Christmas Carol - at 11 am at Reel Cinemas Narberth 2 (seating is limited to theater capacity)
- free "Nutcracker" dance performances from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet
- hot toddies from local establishments (21+ only)
- outdoor dance and musical performances
- hot chocolate in souvenir mugs
- period-authentic vendors and street food
There is parking on streets near the festival, and the meters are free on Sunday. There is some parking South side of Narberth (but the Narberth Ave bridge will be closed) on the streets and in the Septa commuter lot, which is also free on Sundays. You can walk back to town through the train station underpass.
These lots are also available:
- Narberth Borough Hall (100 Conway Ave)
- Windsor Ave and Forrest Ave - two lots accessible from Windsor
- Citizens Bank on Haverford Ave
- Elmwood Ave Septa lot on the other side of the train station
- St Margaret's School, on N. Narberth Ave
- Narberth Presbyterian Church, on Windsor Ave