Charles Dickens Festival in Deventer Netherlands

Charles Dickens Festival in Deventer Netherlands

In the eastern part of the Netherlands, about an hour and a half from Amsterdam lies the city of Deventer. During December, the population of the town nearly triples during their annual Charles Dickens Festival.

Deventer yearly hosts three events worth noting.

  1. Deventer op stelten

    • July (140,000 visitors)

  2. Europes largest book fair

    • August (125,000 visitors)

  3. Charles Dickens Festival

    • December (160,000 visitors)




Charles Dickens Festival

The historic Bergkwartier is the backdrop for the Dickens Festival and it is here where almost 1000 residents of the town become characters from Dickens novels. While waiting in line to get to the main event (which can take up to 1 hour during the busiest part of the day) you will not be bored. Characters from Dickens books parade by you while you wait. And if you didn't pack your own, there are venders selling food and drinks to the weary. There is no entrance fee to the festival and many of the vendors are selling their goods for charity. So go ahead and have that treat. It's for a good cause!

Once you get into the heart of the festival, you are travel back in time to the 19th century. Here you see vagabonds begging, thieves stealing, and children hard at work. You eyes are filled with the sights while your nose smells the wonderful scents of roasted chestnuts and egg nog. And if you're lucky, you may even see Christmas carol singers along the way.



The scenery of the festival consists of historical buildings and houses, Christmas trees and thousands of lights. Not only in the streets, but also behind the windows, in the houses, and in the little shops and galleries the romantic time of Dickens lives on.

How to get there

From Amsterdam, you can travel easily by car or public transportation.

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