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Guide to the Dickens Holiday Festival in Waltham, MA

Ever wonder what the holidays would be like in a different era? Thanks to works of literature that date back to the 1800s, like A Christmas Carol, we have a good idea.

This year, get a historical perspective on your holiday decorating, present buying, and celebrating while crossing off the items on your to-do list at the Dickens Holiday Festival fundraiser on December 11 in Waltham, MA.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this unique holiday event below!

Dickens Holiday Festival: Main Event Details

The Dicken’s Holiday Festival will take place on Sunday, December 11 from 11 am to 6 pm at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, 154 Moody Street in Waltham, MA. There’s plenty of parking at the Cooper Street/Embassy Parking Facility, accessible at the end of Cooper Street.

Tickets for this fundraiser are covered under the standard museum admission rate: $10 for adults and $5 for kids, teens, college students, active duty military, and seniors. Kids under 5 are free.

All ticket proceeds and donations received during the Dickens Holiday Festival will go back into the Charles River Museum’s efforts to teach and inspire the future of innovation in America.

About the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

In the 1800s, the city of Waltham, MA, played a key role in the American Industrial Revolution. During this period, rapid advancements in science and technology brought about some of the world’s most groundbreaking inventions, from toll roads to the typewriter. These many inventions and the creation of new lines of business transitioned the United States from a solely agricultural country to a leading industrial power.

The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is dedicated to the Northeast’s rich history of invention and forward thinking during this time. Home to thousands of artifacts that speak for the life and times of American inventors and industrialists, the Charles River Museum strives to build knowledge and stretch the imagination of visitors of all ages.

Get Inspired by Dickens’ Time

Charles Dickens’ famous play A Christmas Carol was written in 1843, right when the Industrial Revolution was picking up steam.

During the Charles River Museum’s special holiday fundraiser, you’ll get the chance to learn more about Dickens’ heyday with a tour of the museum’s many illuminating exhibits while connecting with modern-day holiday vendors selling gifts and goodies in the museum’s Jackson Room.

Learn about the creation of the light bulb as you get ready to string up Christmas lights or find out how the typewriter came to be before sending out holiday wishes to loved ones in your annual Christmas cards.

Make Plans to Attend the Dickens Holiday Festival Today

This is a unique opportunity to learn some history, do some shopping, and get into the holiday spirit. So head to the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation on December 11!