In celebration of the 200th birthday of one of literature’s most iconic authors, Charles Dickens, the Free Library of Philadelphia has been hosting special Dickensian events all year.
The Year of the Dickens still has one whole month of celebrating left. And many of the continuing events coincide perfectly with the winter holidays to make for a Victorian-esque, classic-feeling Christmastime.
For example, Chestnut Hill: one of those neighborhoods with cobblestone-clad, cozy cottage-lined streets that makes it easy to imagine strolling through time to the age of Dickens. Throughout the entire month of December, this section of Germantown Avenue offers extended hours for shoppers, a full schedule of live entertainment, carolers, roasted chestnuts, visits from Santa and so much more.
Events outside of the holiday realm include The Calligrapher’s Society’s exhibit The Artful Letter: Charles Dickens, where calligraphers from across the Delaware Valley will display works inspired by Dickens’s novels, poems, manuscripts, letters, illustrations and more. The Artful Letter will be on display from now until January 13, 2013.
Also be sure to see the At Home on the Stage: Charles Dickens and the Theatre exhibit on display now through January 4, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Central Library where visitors can view rare playbills, letters and memorabilia from Dickens lifelong love of theatre.
Tonight, Monday, December 10, 7 p.m., listen to scenes from Dickens’ most memorable works while sipping on drinks from the Victorian era with Charles Dickens Ambassador Edward Pettit at a special Dickensian Christmas Celebration at the Dark Horse Pub.
Lastly, reserve a spot now to sit in on a literary discussion of A Christmas Carol, the forgotten holiday traditions it touched upon and the implications Dickens made for an Industrial Revolution-era society. It’s on Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Year of Dickens [Free Library of Philadelphia]