Seasonal Events

Seasonal Events

Enrich your senses with the sights, sounds, and activities that evoke the Dickens era!

We hope you can include one or more of the exciting celebrations, performances and events listed below when you visit Cambridge, Ohio. We encourage our visitors to make their first stop at the Welcome Center so our ambassadors may greet and assist in planning their visit. 

The following events are ongoing throughout the entire Dickens season.

Dickens Victorian Village Displays

November 1, 2016, through January 2, 2017
Wheeling Avenue, downtown Cambridge, Ohio

An experience that will engage the senses as you explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries of Historic Downtown Cambridge.

Stroll Wheeling Avenue from 6th to 11th Streets to learn about the Victorian era by reading the plaques at the base of each of the 92 Dickens scenes.

Dickens Welcome Center and Curiosity Shoppe

November 1, 2016, through January 2, 2017
Open daily: Monday through Saturday –  10am to 6pm Sunday –  noon to 5pm.
745 Steubenville Ave., Cambridge, Ohio 

The Welcome Center is home to the Curiosity Shoppe, The Victorian Tea Room, The Imagination Station, and The Educational Side of Dickens. The Welcome Center is the heart of the Dickens Victorian Village experience. Visit with volunteers in costume as they share stories and photos of how the Dickens display was created.  You will go behind the scenes to learn how it took a village to create this magnificent 10-week community event. You may pickup your Official Visitors Guide here along with all event information. The Curiosity Shoppe offers  unique gifts, a nice selection of Charles Dickens books and  original artwork. Experience the Imagination Station and have your photo taken in period costume to take home to remember. The Dickens Welcome Center welcomes groups, including Scouts, school field trips, and tour groups.
A full English tea is served in the Victorian Lace Tea Room.  Reservations are required. Please call Jerilynn Billings at 740-630-6748.

Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Music & Light Show

November 1, 2016, through Sunday, January 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night (November 1st through 5th, the show will not start until 6:30 p.m. due to Daylight Savings Time)
2016 Extended Show Times (5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.): 11/25 (Thanksgiving Day), 11/26 (following the Christmas Parade), 12/2, 12/3, 12/9, 12/10, 12/16, 12/17, 12/23, 12/24 (Christmas Eve), 12/25 (Christmas Day), 12/26, 12/31 (New Years Eve) and 1/1 (New Years Day- Final show of season)
Guernsey County Courthouse Lawn
Wheeling Ave, downtown Cambridge, Ohio

The courthouse comes alive nightly with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music.This magnificent 1881 building jumps into the 21st Century as it is bathed in more than 55,000 lights, three 20 foot Christmas trees and 60 animated displays. The display is computer controlled with 364 electrical circuits meticulously synchronized to a holiday soundtrack featuring a wide variety of music including children’s, contemporary and traditional Christmas favorites.

Four different light shows, each 8 to 12 minutes in length, are performed throughout each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the last show starting at 9 p.m. (See above for special times)

The 2016 show features a children's set with holiday favorites like Frosty the Snowman including one song sung by Cambridge area 5th graders; contemporary recordings featuring local saxophonist Gordon Hough; and a popular Christmas music selection.

Top of the hour: children's Christmas favorites
15 minutes past the hour: traditional Christmas favorites
30 minutes past the hour: contemporary Christmas music featuring local saxophonist Gordon Hough
45 minutes past the hour: modern Christmas music from the crowd-pleasing 2008 show debut

Visitors are advised to please park their cars at appropriate parking lots and spaces in downtown and watch the show from the Courthouse lawn so as not to cause a traffic hazard with stopped cars in the streets. For those wishing to hear the light show music from your parked car, tune in to 102.7 FM.

Before the show, stop by The Curiosity Shoppe located in our Welcome Center at 745 Steubenville Ave. for pairs of Holiday Specs, Christmas-themed 3D holographic glasses bend light into magical shapes of elves, snowmen, reindeer, or even Santa himself! Available for the low price of $1.99, these heavy duty paper stock glasses are perfect for watching the Holiday Light Show, the Christmas lights downtown during our Chocolate Walk and throughout the Dickens season, and for tree-decorating back home! Makes a great souvenir or stocking-stuffer!

This spectacular show was designed by AVC Communications.

Victorian Tea Room

 Visit the Victorian Tea Room in the Dickens Welcome Center and Curiosity Shop to enhance your Dickens experience by indulging in one of Queen Victoria's grandest traditions. The following  Saturdays in November (Nov 5, 12, 19 and 26))  December (Dec 3, 10, 17) are available.Reservations will be taken for 11:00 am seating. You may call for availability for special events for other dates.

Full tea includes tea, scones, savories, sweets and desserts. Costume dress pieces are available for your experience, or come dressed in your own!

Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Contact Jerilynn Billings at 740-630-6748. The Tea Room is located 745 Steubenville Ave.

Cost $19.95  per person.

National Museum of Cambridge Glass

Open noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in November & December.
The Museum Open House will be Friday - Sunday,  November 25 - 27th,  from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. No admission will be charged during the open house.
136 S. Ninth Street, Cambridge, Ohio

The National Museum of Cambridge Glass will be open for special winter hours in celebration of the Dickens Victorian Village holiday season.

The museum features 6,000 pieces of glassware made by the Cambridge Glass Company, with an interpretive area demonstrating how glass was made from gathering, shaping, etching, and engraving.

The museum will be decorated for the season and feature a Christmas tree decorated with Cambridge Glass. Volunteers and staff will be dressed in Victorian attire.

If you are looking for a special gift made in Cambridge, Ohio, USA, visit the museum gift shop where you will find a variety of jewelry and Christmas decorations made from Cambridge Glass, as well as beautiful handmade pieces of original Cambridge Glass.

The Sample Room features the door and shelving from the original factory, and a dining room display features glass table settings arranged on period furniture much as it would have appeared in the early 1900s.

Guests can do their own rubbings from original etching plates in the Education Center, and view a movie made in the 1940s by the Cambridge Glass Company.

Additional hours for group tours are available by calling 740-432-4245.

For more information visit

$5.00 general admission; $4.00 seniors and AAA; free for children under 12. 740-432-4245.

Gingerbread House Contest and Display
November 7, 2016 8:00 am through December 9, 2016 4:00 pm

Guernsey County Senior Center
1022 Carlisle Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio

Gingerbread houses are a delight for all ages! Come see what our local gingerbread artisans have created for the Gingerbread House Contest, with categories including youth, adult, groups. And, look closely, not all gingerbread houses are houses! Imaginative dwellings of all types are made entirely of edible materials.
Gingerbread House Decorating Class- $15. Includes all supplies, reservations by October 29 call 740.439.6681
Contest Rules & Entry Forms Are Availible at the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. (740) 439-6681

Themed Scavenger Hunt

A uniquely themed scavenger hunt takes place each Saturday.  Clue sheets are available beginning at 10 am at the Dickens Welcome Center at 745 Steubenville Avenue. Answers can be found while you explore the Dickens Village. The theme is different each week and two prizes will be awarded from entries with correct answers. Clue sheets need to be returned to the Welcome Center by 3pm to be entered into the drawing. Scheduled for 11/5, 11/19 and 12/10.


Trolley Tours

The Trolley is in town on three Saturdays during our 2016 Season: Nov 19, Dec 3 and 10th. Trolley tours depart from the Dickens Welcome Center at 745 Steubenville Avenue every hour on the hour from 10am-4pm. The last trolley leaves at 3:00 pm. 

As you wind through the streets of Cambridge, a costumed guide will share the history of the area beginning with the time pioneers of the Guernsey Isle in the English Channel settled here.  Discover the amazing story of Dickens Victorian Village and the 186 characters that the community built.

“He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard. Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell. Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash. Oh, glorious, glorious.

Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air, merry bells. Oh, glorious. Glorious-- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

During your trolley ride, you may stay aboard and enjoy the scenery, or get out and experience any of the eight unique stops along the way:

• Dickens Welcome Center and Curiosity Shop
• Peddler's Village
• National Museum of Cambridge Glass*
• Kennedy's Bakery
• Historic Guernsey County Courthouse
• Guernsey County Historical Museum*
$10 per person. Tickets available at the Welcome Center beginning Nov. 1, 2016