Deventer will transform into a 19th century English town during the Dickens Festival! Being close to the Dutch-German border, this event is also very popular with expats in Germany.
Meet the characters from Charles Dickens' vivid imagination
2019 will see the 29th edition of the immensely popular Dickens Festival. The historical Bergkwartier in Deventer will be visited by over 950 characters from the famous novels by Charles Dickens.
Meet Scrooge, Oliver Twist, the Artful Dodger, Mr. Pickwick, Mrs Havisham, Christmas Carol singers, street urchins and noblemen - you name it, they’ll be there with so many other characters from Charles Dickens' vivid imagination!
Many market stalls, street performances and good old-fashioned Christmas spirit will make the Dickens Festival an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Long waiting time
Every year, around 125.000 visitors attend the Dickens Festival. The event is so popular that long queues are expected at the entrance. Waiting times can run up to a few hours (especially between 11am and 1pm), so try to get there early to avoid the biggest rush. On the plus side, entry is free!
Another Charles Dickens-related Christmas festival in the Netherlands is Scrooge Festival which takes place in the Limburg town of Arcen.