WESTFIELD ON THE WEEKENDS – Dickens Day Events Begin November 26th!
Now in its 13th magical year, Westfield Dickens Days is an exciting community-wide event inspired by Charles Dickens, his spirits & the Victorian Age. It’s a month-long celebration of community. More than ever, it’s a Dickens of a December in Westfield!
The Dickens Days Downtown Stroll kicks off the events on Small Business Saturday, November 26. Located on and Off Elm Street from Amelia Park to Depot Square, Westfield downtown businesses and organizations are the stars of this day of shopping and fun, with music, sales, and special events. Curiosity Shop Tour begins at 10 AM on and off the Elm Street corridor. Downtown shops and businesses celebrate Small Business Saturday with the return of The Old Curiosity Shop Tour, a Dickens Days’ event from yesteryear. Holiday music, delectable treats and sales abound throughout the city center, where a world of great food, shopping and services awaits. Small Saturday giveaways courtesy of American Express, are at selective shops, while tour programs with maps are available at the Westfield Creative Arts Gallery, 105 Elm Street and participating businesses.
The Santa Claus Pavilion will be open from 10am – 4pm at The Pavilion at Park Square. Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus) holds holiday court in a beautiful new setting at Park Square, Westfield’s historic town green.
The Lantern light Workshop begins at 10am to 1PM in the South Middle School Cafeteria, West Silver Street. Everyone has a chance to learn how to create colorful lanterns or banners for the Lantern light Parade at this workshop. Materials will be provided! Work individually or in groups or families to design something special for all to see, as you march in the Lantern light Parade. Funded in part by the Westfield Cultural Council, a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Sardinha Family & Dunkin Donuts.
The Lantern light Parade Assembly begins at 5:30 pm, in Family Dollar Parking Lot on Franklin Street. Assemble with your lanterns, banners and other creations for the Lantern light Parade. Dress very warmly in Victorian clothes, or as character from a Charles Dickens novel, or dress in white as a member of Father Frost’s Snow Court (snow princes and princesses, snow flurries or friends of Jack Frost). Check in at the WOW table, where the WOWsters will place you and your family in the line of march.
The Lantern light Parade will begin at 6:15pm, Franklin St. down Elm St. to Park Square. Let Dickens Days officially begin. Join in the festive line of march, including Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan, city officials; representatives from community organizations; and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year there some very special new Giant “Lantern Puppets, provided by the legendary puppeteer Anne Cubberly. Promenade down Franklin Street and Elm Street to the Park Square Green where the Mayor’s Tree-lighting Ceremony will begin at 6:30 following the Lantern light Parade. Mayor Brian, together with Santa & the full gospel church choir, and community representatives will light the twinkling lights of the city’s 20-foot holiday tree. It’s a true celebration of community.
End your weekend by stopping by the Westfield Technical Academy Annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Sunday November 27, from 9am – 3pm. The event is free and open to the Public and is located at Westfield Technical Academy, 33 Smith Ave, Westfield.
The above events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.westfieldonweekends.com