Welcome Center

Stop in for a close-up look at five special Dickens Victorian Village characters on display, and learn about the process of how local artists have created the individual faces for each character. The Imagination Station is everyone’s favorite place for reminiscing. Select the perfect Victorian hat, gloves, and cape as you imagine being a Victorian yourself and posing for a picture with Charles Dickens.

Visit with volunteers in costume as they share stories and photos of how the Dickens display was created. Purchase Dickens and holiday souvenirs as you go behind the scenes to learn how it took a village to create this magnificent 10-week community event. Stop in for commemorative merchandise, original artwork, and event information.

Experience the Imagination Station and have your photo taken in period costume to take home to remember. Full tea is served in the Victorian Tea Room each Saturday. While at the Dickens Welcome Center, take your chance at winning one of two opportunities to have a Dickens mannequin designed to look like you! Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Center for $1 each or six for $5. A local artist will do the honor of sculpting the new faces for the 2015 season.

All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Dickens Victorian Village project. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn in January 2015. The Dickens Welcome Center welcomes groups, including Scouts, school field trips, and tour groups.