Ripon Chamber of Commerce has some major changes planned for this years Dickens of a Christmas. This is the 26th year that Dickens will take place in downtown Ripon, Wisconsin. And the chamber has some new and exciting events to celebrate. According to Laura Kegler at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, the living Windows will no longer be on Friday night but rather Saturday to allow people more time to view the displays. The Fezziwig Festival will include ice sculptures and a fruitcake toss tournament. Even Santa will make an appearance on his sleigh pulled by reindeer!
This year the downtown tradition will take place from Thursday to Sunday, with a chili supper kicking off the events on Thursday night. Dickens of a Christmas features events this year that will raise money for area organizations such as the Dress-a-Doll contest. This foundation raises money for area food pantries and donates dolls to the Ripon Santa Club to deliver to local children. The Holiday Craft Show on Saturday will feature gifts from area crafters with proceeds going to a local charity and the Grab-a-Gift Holiday Shopping Spree, which will have food, handmade Christmas gifts and raffles benefiting Alzheimer’s and Relay for Life. Ripon High School Key Club is once again hosting the Enchanted Forest where local organizations can decorate a Christmas tree, which are then voted on, and donations go to the RHS Key Club.
To help fund the popular event, Ripon Chamber of Commerce hosted the first annual Wine Walk on November 4th, where downtown businesses served a variety of wines in each business for attendees to sample, some also featured art from an area artist. Proceeds from the Wine Walk benefit the Dickens of a Christmas festival and beautification projects throughout downtown Ripon. For $20, participants received a wristband that allowed them ten 2 ounce samples of wine, a wine glass, and a map of participating businesses.
Dickens of a Christmas 2016 Schedule
Thursday, December 1st Chili Supper: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Miller’s Tavern
Friday, December 2nd Dress a Doll Contest: all day, BMO Harris Bank Dickens of a Quilt Show: all day, Horicon Bank Soup and Sandwich Supper: 3-7 p.m., American Legion Hall Christmas Creche Display: 5-7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church Fezziwigs Festival: 5:30- 7:30 p.m., Downtown Ripon Historical Society Open House: 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Enchanted Forest: 5:30- 8:30 p.m., 123 Watson St. Ripon College Orchestra Performance: 7:30 p.m., Demmer Recital Hall, CJ Rodman Center for the Arts Gingerbread House Contest and Display: Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturday until 4 p.m., Farrell’s Fine Furnishings
Saturday, December 3rd Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Royal Ridges Dress a Doll Contest: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., BMO Harris Bank Dickens Holiday Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maplecrest Manor Dickens of a Quilt Show: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Horicon Bank Artisan Marketplace: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vines and Rushes Winery Grab a Gift Holiday Shopping Spree: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Union Hall 2016 Tours of Homes: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historical Society Open House: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 508 Watson St. Enchanted Forest: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 123 Watson Gingerbread House Contest and Display: Saturday until 4 p.m., Farrell’s Fine Furnishings Live Reindeer: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 200 Block of Watson St. Christmas Creche Display: 5-7 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church Soup and Sandwich Supper: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Living Windows: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Ripon
Sunday, December 4th Quilts of Valor Presentation: 1 p.m., Horicon Bank Ripon College Choral Union Concert: 3:15 p.m., Demmer Recital Hall