People milling about on Dickens on Centre

Dickens on Centre is the Place to be this December

Dickens on Centre is a holiday event that takes place on Amelia Island, Florida. This event is one of the most popular in the area, and attracts visitors from all over! There is something for everyone at Dickens on Centre. You can enjoy food, shopping, and entertainment options while you’re here.

New to the area and looking for inspiration when you go out on the town? Then, be sure to get your copy of our free Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll find even more thoughtful insight on the best things to do, places to eat, and attractions to see while you’re in the area.

All the Reasons to Deck the Halls at Dickens on Centre

Dickens on Centre is a must-attend event for anyone in the Amelia Island area during the holidays. This festive celebration takes place every early December on Centre Street in Downtown Fernandina Beach.

How to Attend Dickens on Centre

The three-day event is free to the public! The Victorian Christmas festival is easy to attend as you do not have to pre-register and is fully public. This year the event will take place on Dec 8-11th and will feature all the fun it had in years prior! While the main event is free, there are several ‘special events’ within Dickens on Centre such as Dickens After Dark which are ticketed and restricted by age. Be sure to check the website for information as those tickets go live.

What to do at Dickens on Centre

The festivities begin with a tree lighting ceremony at Dickens on Centre Square. This event is free and open to the public. After the tree lighting, Dickens on Centre Street comes alive with holiday music, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more! You can also find unique gifts for your loved ones at the Dickens on Centre shops.

Several special events within Dickens on Centre are tailored to different audiences. Dickens After Dark is a VIP event for adults only! (21+) with specialty entertainment, ghost tour, and is catered.

The Dickens Enchanted Village is made of eight snow globes you can walk around to feel like you are in a life-sized snow globe!

If you enjoy running there is the ‘Run Like the Dickens’ 1-mile fun run on Amelia Island Beach open to all members of the family even the pets.

Where to Stay Near Dickens on Centre

If you want to enjoy a fun weekend celebrating Christmas like Charles Dickens himself, then you should stay near all the action in downtown Fernandina Beach! At The Fairbanks House, you can expect to return to charming accommodations at our historic bed and breakfast! Each of the rooms, suites, and cottages have their own stories to tell. Just ask the innkeepers, and they’ll be happy to share a tale or two. Our 1885 Italianate villa might be old, but you can still enjoy all the modern amenities you would expect from a high-end stay!

Start planning your Amelia Island getaway today!