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What is Dickens on Centre?

Banish the “bah humbugs” and travel back to Tiny Tim’s time as downtown Fernandina Beach transforms into an authentic Victorian holiday festival during the inaugural Dickens on Centre experience, December 8-11. Hear heavenly carolers and roving musicians. Marvel at jugglers and stilt walkers. Taste Victorian-style goodies. Meet an old-fashioned Saint Nick and visit local shops for unique gifts. It should be as fun as the Dickens. Visit and make memories that last of your own Christmas past.

Run Like the Dickens Registration Form

2017 Dickens Merchant Presentation

2016 Dickens :60 Video

2016 Dickens Merchant Video


For more information on participating as a themed vendor in the 3rd annual Dickens on Centre holiday celebration, please download the form below. Applications can be submitted to The selection of vendors will be based in part on the adherence of the event theme and is at the sole discretion of the AITDC.

Download the form here.

Submit your own holiday events

Does your organization already have plans for a holiday event between Thanksgiving and New Years? Submit your events to our calendar of events and your events will live on both and the Simply visit our event calendar and click the green “submit event” button on the top right. See eligibility requirements.


Volunteers are critical to the success of Dickens on Centre. You will help showcase our town's charm, benefit local merchants, provide a holiday experience for local families, and attract overnight guests who boost our local economy. To put your name on a volunteer list, please email your contact inforamtion to Jeff Kurtz at We will contact potential volunteers closer to the event for job duties and scheduling.

Window Decorating Contest

Downtown merchants are invited to join in the Victorian spirit by dressing up their windows, creating an inviting holiday atmosphere for visitors and locals alike. Merchants will compete for one of three prizes. Details and registration for 2017 will be managed by Jeff Kurtz, stay tuned for more information!

General Information

Window Decorating and Costume Tips - click here

Interested in performing as entertainment during Dickens on Centre? Email Amy Boek at

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