‘Dickens of a Christmas’ draws hundreds to Wellsboro for man who ‘invented’ Christmas


(Wellsboro, PA) — 38th Annual “Dickens of a Christmas” celebration was held over the weekend in downtown Wellsboro. Phil Waber was the town crier for the celebration, ringing his bell as he shouted the public announcements o f the day.

Walk for Peace / Photo by John Eaton

On Saturday, a “Candlelight Walk for Peace” stepped off at Parker Park on Queen Street and ended on The Green, for the annual community Christmas tree lighting ceremony, with Santa and a carol sing.

“It’s wonderful to see people of all ages enjoying themselves as they are greeted and entertained by Dickens’ characters, singers and musicians,” said Julie Henry, of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors to Wellsboro for the weekend celebration watched performances by Hamilton-Gibson Productions of “A Christmas Carol.” On Saturday and Sunday, the Arcadia Theatre on Main Street showed the film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” about Charles Dickens and his creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters.

“Having a good time is what our festival is all about,” said Henry.