There are a few Christmas markets in the San Francisco area. However, one of them really stands out. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is an adventurous excursion into London during the Victorian epoch. Amazing decorations and hundreds of people in costumes completely transform the 120,000 square feet of Cow Palace Exhibition Hall. Visitors stroll through professionally-lit music and dance floors, wooden Christmas shops, and, of course, pubs.
Christmas Fair immerses attendees into the atmosphere of Charles Dickens' and about 800 of his wonderful characters. Smell aromas of cinnamon and roasted chestnuts in the air, listen to street vendors praising their goods. Shop for Christmas gifts on those lamp-lit streets and in charming little shops offering unique hand-made things.
The Dickens Christmas Fair has been held in the Bay Area since 1970, and it has proven to be a beautiful holiday tradition not just for the fans of historical reenactments but for all ages.
What you should know before purchasing your tickets is that there are two options: you can either buy a General Admission ticket, which allows to enter the fair from 10 am or a Twilight Admission ticket, letting you get in only from 3 pm. The first option is $45 for adults (with a $2 fee for online transactions) and $25 for youngsters. The second option is $30 for grown-ups and $18 for youth. But if you are a true fan of the Fair, feel free to go for the $160 Season Pass. Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable and can only be purchased online.