Visiting Dickens Christmas Towne

Step into the pages of Charles Dickens beloved Christmas Classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Dickens Christmas Towne at the Decker Half Moone Center next to Nauticus in downtown Norfolk.

Know Before you Go

Dickens Christmas Towne is located in downtown Norfolk.  Parking is available in the Plume Garage.  On the weekends, enjoy free two hour metered parking on Saturday and free all day metered parking on Sunday.

Your family can visit Dickens Christmas Towne Friday – Sunday in the month of December, with the Towne opened daily from December 18 – 31.  Check the website for times and schedule.

Visit Dickens London

Upon entering the Dickens Christmas Towne, you and your family are instantly transported to the bustling streets of London Scrooge traveled in the “Christmas Carol”.

Storefronts line the streets with activities, shopping, food and entertainment.

Stop into the store fronts and enjoy shopping for family and friends.  Ornaments and Christmas gifts are abound in all the shops and you can find a souvenir for your tree.

Be sure to visit the craft room!  When we visited before Thanksgiving, my daughter had the chance to make a pine cone turkey.  She loved making the craft and the staff was great with the kids!

Also in the room was a felt wall.  Together we decorated a felt tree and snowman.  Kept her and I busy for a bit!

Back on the streets there are activities and entertainment for the whole family.  Games, carolers, snowballs and even a talking Christmas Tree.

The animatronic Christmas Tree is a must-see!  The tree will even talk to your kids.  My daughter loved the tree and seeing how it worked!

And if your hungry, or need an adult beverage, be sure to stop by the pub for some authentic English cuisine, including some amazing fish and chips.

Great Shows and Entertainment

In the center of Dickens Christmas Towne a theater set-up with continuous productions.

Christmas caroling, re-tellings of a Christmas Carol are great for the whole family!  In fact, even the kids are invited on stage to join the fun.

And be sure not to miss the Pickwick Puppet Theater’s production of a Christmas Carol.

The puppet show is great for the whole family, but the kids will especially enjoy this telling of “A Christmas Carol“, made just for the kids.

And be sure to be at the theater for the snow fall!  Your kids will love the indoor snowfall!

Don’t Miss Activities for the Kids

With so much to see and do, Hampton Roads Moms wants to make sure you don’t miss these great activities:

Train Display: The massive train display will have children and adults in awe!

I literally had to pull my daughter away to go enjoy the the rest of the Dickens Christmas Town.

London Docks: Located outside on the docks next to the Elizabeth River is a 120-foot long waterfront maze.  The maze is made of shipping pallets and is created for the entire family.

We had a blast strolling through the maze and enjoying the views of the Elizabeth River.

Once Upon a Time: New this year is the Once Upon a Time, featuring a larger than life Talking Book and Bookworm. When we were there, they did a re-telling of the “Night Before Christmas”, which included Santa and interactive participation from the audience.

I would also recommend checking out the room before or after a show.  The room looks like the Darling Children’s room from Peter Pan and is filled with literary reference to great English authors.  My daughter loved the books, and we spent some time reading stories together.


Father Christmas: Don’t forget to visit Father Christmas!  Your kids will love sitting on his lap to tell him what they want for Christmas.

Father Christmas is one of the best in the area.


Bucket List

Be sure to complete the Dickens’ Holiday bucket List while you are there for a chance to win $50!

Want to win free tickets to Dickens Town?

Check out Hampton Roads Moms’ Facebook Page for a chance to win.






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