San Francisco locals and visitors alike flock to the the Dickens Christmas Fair during December every year, just to get in the mood for Christmas.
Carolers, real Toy Soldiers, and dozens of others dressed in period costumes, mingle at the Cow Palace where several large rooms and stages are set up for the event.
Vendors selling traditional fish and chips, others making candy, and still others
creating everything from art, to woven vests, to pipe making, make you feel as if you stepped back in time
to another era.
You might see Scrooge, the ghost of Christmas past, chimney sweeps ( remember to shake hands or blow them a kiss for luck). And of course there is Santa.
We had a great visit to the fair, mesmerized by the sights, sounds, and the smells of food in abundance.
If you ever have a chance to go, don’t miss it. It runs every Saturday and Sunday during December.