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Brand New Surprises and Old Favorites Put Dickens On Main at the Top of the Holiday To-Do List

Now in its 19th year, Dickens on Main has    grown into the Hill Country’s best holiday kick off, becoming a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for hundreds of groups, troops and families from near and far. That got me curious—what ARE everyone’s most favorite traditions—the must-do-every-year, can’t miss favorites? To find out, I reached out to 50 people I know have been to Dickens multiple times, and polled them to find out their favorite Dickens must-dos. (Finally, some votes we can ALL agree on!) Here are the results:

SNOW SELFIES - Hands down number one. Did you know that “snow” is blown all along Main Street throughout the night, often resulting in instant dancing and laughter? And GREAT photos, whether you take them yourself or get a little help.
WATCHING ICE BATTLES - Each night, chainsaw-wielding professionals transform blocks of ice into amazing holiday creations before your eyes (with a killer rock n’ roll soundtrack.)
DANCING TO LIVE MUSIC - The Dickens elves have a knack for seeking out the most fun live entertainers for each evening of the festival. And there’s plenty of room by the stage to show off your moves.
TAKING IN THE LIGHTS - When the sun goes down, the real magic begins as the big tree is lit in North Pole Plaza, and all of the shops along the Hill Country Mile glitter and shine.
EATING ALL THE THINGS - It’s a long time until Fiesta, y’all, and Dickens is the place where all the food truck and booth favorites are all in one place. Yes, you can get the mini donuts, funnel cake AND kettle corn, we won’t tell.

And the honorable mentions were too good to leave out: the crafts in Tiny Tim Village, “Bah Humbug: A One-Man Christmas Carol,” and of course the 60-foot ice slide. But here’s where it got really fun. I got to tell each of those 50 people some pretty awesome Dickens news—that they’ll get to add more musts to their list starting with the brand new “Scrooge Village, “ which will extend the festivities down E. San Antonio Ave. (across Main from the gazebo, by Soda Pop’s and Hunting + Gathering). Brimming with more food, vendors and music, this village is anchored by a 60-foot ice slide for sledding and will feature an area with REAL BLOWN SNOW where snowball fights are definitely allowed!

Even more photo-ops await, with a variety of costumed characters, like Frosty and Rudolph, waiting to greet you, and for the first time, the Kendall County Historic Jail House will be open for revelers to take photos in front of a real jail cell door.  Also new: a stunt juggler on Saturday Night, a live glass blower making ornaments and exciting new vendors filled with holiday gifts! Find the full schedule at, find us on Facebook and Instagram, and don’t forget to use #boernechristmas when sharing those tradition photos with us!

Written By: Kirk Thompson