Over Thanksgiving weekend, I was finally able to take my husband and baby to The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. For the last 6 years I have missed going to the fair due to time and weather constraints, but this year it finally happened. For those of you who don’t know, the Dickens Christmas Fair is a four weekend long event of everything there is to love about the Victorian era. Carolers wander the streets of a recreated Victorian London in 1843, while merchants sell clothing, books and tasty meat pies. At Fezziwig’s, you can dance a waltz or play a parlor game, and in the red light district you can participate in an X rated sing-a-long (as X rated as Victorian morals allowed). My favorite stops were to have my hair braided, pick out some Victorian accessories, and get an old time photo taken for our annual Christmas Cards.
After returning from Dickens Fair, I stumbled across a new online merchant that carries hard to find 1800s Victorian costume dresses, accessories, and menswear items too.