Downtown Fernandina’s “Dickens On Centre” Christmas Street Festival

Stage performances, roaming costumed characters, festive parades, evening 3D drone light show (happening three nights).

Signature Event is the Largest Christmas Market in Northeast Florida

Under a tree canopy of twinkling lights on Amelia Island, the annual Dickens on Centre festival (Dec. 7-10, 2023) will once again transform historic downtown Fernandina Beach into the largest Christmas market in northeast Florida.  It’s free admission to wander about and enjoy the festive ambiance. The Victorian-themed holiday experience features stages adorned with entertainers, vendor booths decked with holiday gifts, music filling the air, and Fernandina’s downtown shops bustling day and night with good cheer.

Downtown Fernandina's Victorian-themed Christmas Street Festival, "Dickens On Centre"
Drone Show 3 Nights During Downtown Fernandina’s Victorian-Themed Christmas Street Festival, “Dickens On Centre” (Photo credit: Amelia Island CVB)
Dickens On Centre Christmas Festival Hours
  • Thurs., Dec. 7th, 2023 (5 – 7 pm)
  • Fri., Dec. 8th, 2023 (5 – 9 pm)
  • Sat., Dec.9th, 2023 (10 am – 9 pm)
  • Sun., Dec. 10th, 2023 (10 am – 5pm)
Things To Do — Top Activities During Dickens On Centre Holiday Festival In Downtown Fernandina Beach:
  • Dickens Illuminated Procession (Dec. 7, 2023 – 5 p.m.): The event’s kick-off parade begins at the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Front Street. Participation in the procession is free and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Participants are encouraged to bring battery-operated, illuminated lanterns or something that shines, glows or twinkles to carry along the way.
  • Portraits with St. Nick (Dec. 8-10, 2023): St. Nick is setting up his workshop in Tiny Tim’s Kid Zone. Capture the moment with a treasured keepsake photo from Boston Photography. Various time slots are available.
  • Parade of Paws (Dec. 9th, 11:30 a.m.): Featuring all the best-dressed local dogs and pets, this year’s parade will start at 4th & Centre Streets and end at the Wharf Main Stage. Prizes will be awarded for Best Victorian, Most Original, Looks Most Like Owner, and top 3 overall, provided by Redbones Dog Bakery.
  • Entertainment (Dec. 8-10, 2023): From theatrical performances and costumed characters to musical acts and visits from Jolly Old St. Nick, the entertainment lineup offers something for everyone.
  • Lighted Drone Show (Dec. 7 – 9, 2023) — Happening three nights, the downtown crowd will turn eyes to the skies over the Fernandina Harbor on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings for a lighted 3D drone show.
  • Oliver’s Eats (Dec. 8-10, 2023): Located at the end of Oliver’s Alley, an assortment of food trucks and local vendors will be offering an array of yummy eats throughout the festival.
  • Fezziwig’s Courtyard (Dec. 8-10, 2023): Fezziwig’s Courtyard is a delightful and nostalgic experience that transports visitors to a bygone era of joy, generosity, and holiday cheer, much like the spirit of Mr. Fezziwig in Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. Enjoy the main stage entertainment while sipping holiday beverages served by Marlin & Barrel, Fernandina’s local distillery.
Dickens Entertainment Schedule (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) *

Browse the daily line up of activities and performances happening throughout the weekend during “Dickens on Centre,” this year in 2023, see ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE.

*All activities are subject to change. Advanced notice will be given when possible. Note — Dickens After Dark Victorian costume party and the snow globe experience are SOLD OUT as of Nov. 6, 2023.

For further info about events as well as special offers and packages from Amelia Island’s collection of award-winning hotels, beds and breakfasts, and resorts, visit Dickens On Centre website.