Seasonal Events

Celebrating our 13th year

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, 2018, through December 31, 2018
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, 2018, through December 31, 2018
Open daily: Monday through Saturday –  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday –  noon to 5 p.m.
647 Wheeling Avenue., Cambridge, Ohio 

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. as you go behind the scenes to learn how it took a village to create this magnificent 10-week community event. Stop in for your Official Visitors Guide, unique gifts, original artwork, and event information. Experience the Imagination Station and if you brought a camera we will take your picture. Tour the oldest home in Cambridge, built in 1805.

Full tea is served in the Victorian Lace Tea Room on scheduled Saturdays.The Dickens Welcome Center welcomes groups, including Scouts, school field trips, and tour groups. 

Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Music & Light Show

November 1, 2018, through Monday, December 31, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night
Show continues until 11 p.m. Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31

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 colored lights, 36 animated light displays, and 15,000 lights outlining the building. The display is computer controlled with 364 electrical circuits meticulously synchronized to a holiday soundtrack, with a total of 30,000 lights.

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.

The 2018 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.

This spectacular show was designed by AVC Communications.

Victorian Tea Room

Stop in to 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. Reservations are taken for Saturday 11/11, 12/2 and 12/9 with a 11 am seating or  a 1 pm seating. Cost is $16.95. Call 740.421.4956 or Julie at 740.584.6933 to reserve your seating.  Dates and times are subject to change,
Full tea includes tea, scones, savories, sweets and desserts. Costume dress pieces are available for your experience, or come dressed in your own!

National Museum of Cambridge Glass

Holiday hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 11/4-12/17.

The Museum Open House will be Friday and Saturday, November 24-25th from noon-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 6, 2017 through December 1, 2017
The Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm.
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.
Sunday, 11/5 1pm-3pm Gingerbread House Decorating class. Contest Rules & Entry Forms are availible at the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. (740) 439-6681

Themed Scavenger Hunt

A unique scavenger hunt takes place on the following Saturdays,  11/11, 12/2, and 12/16. Clue sheets are available beginning at 10 am at the Dickens Welcome Center at 745 Steubenville Avenue. Answers can be found while you explore Cambridge's  historical downtown. Youngsters and adults have a dickens of a good time hunting for the Dickens mug hidden in various business in the downtown area.. Clue sheets need to be returned to the Welcome Center by 2 pm to be entered into the drawing. Drawing will be held from the returned entries and a bag filled with prizes will be awarded to the winner. Free.

Carriage Rides

Every Friday and Saturday during our season, carriage rides will be offered at 5-9pm at West 8th st. You may purchase tickets at the site or at the Welcome Center. Cost are $10 per adult  $8 per child (12 and under, toddlers 3 and under no charge) $34 Family (2 adults 2 children).