Welcome to Westfield on Weekends!

Now in its 13th magical year, Westfield Dickens Days is an exciting community-wide event inspired by Charles Dickens, his spirits & the Victorian Age. It’s a month-long celebration of community  including an interactive Dickens Dinner, a sparkling Lanternlight Parade, Westfield Creative Arts workshops,  the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony, a Menorah Lighting,  a Holiday Shoppe of gifts and surprises at the Westfield Creative Arts Gallery, visits with Santa  and a stockingful of family fun for everyone!  More than ever, it’s a Dickens of a December in Westfield!

A Victorian Christmas: A First Thursday concert ~ FREE!
Thursday, December 8th at 10am
Westfield Council on Aging Senior
Center, 45 Noble St
Diane Taraz is the featured performer for this mid-morning concert of carols, together with fascinating stories about their origins. Dressed in the garb of the 1850s, Diane accompanies herself on the guitar and dulcimer.


The Dickens Days Farmer’s Market

Saturday, December 10th from 10am to 3pm Church of the Atonement, 36 Court St. ~ FREE!
What could be better than an indoor, winter Farmer’s Market! Many of the summer’s most popular vendors return to fill your basket with winter vegetables, jams and jellies, baked goods, holiday meats and more. Additionally, a wide array of crafters will display their wares, accompanied by live acoustic music supported by the Westfield Cultural Council. And as if that were not enough, children’s book author Rhonda Boulette will sign her books and professional babysitting services will be provided for shoppers.


Letters to the North Pole: Crafts and Storytime with “Post” Mark, Santa’s Misfit Postman
Saturday, December 10 at 12 noon ~ Free admission
Beantowne & Co., 28 North Elm Street

Here’s a unique activity for children and their families to write that special letter to Santa and have it delivered directly to him by the North Pole Postman. With a special Dickens Days appearance, the title character of the charming children’s book, ‘Post’ Mark, the Misfit Elf tells his inspiring story of overcoming the teasing of others and becoming the elf in Santa’s mailroom. It’s a great chance to meet “Post” Mark, write a personalized letter to Santa, construct a holiday craft, enjoy some holiday refreshments and receive an official reply from Santa with an official North Pole postmark!


8th Annual Dickens Brunch & Dinner
Brunch: Sun., December 11th • 12 noon
Dinner: Fri. & Sat. December 16 and 17 at 6pm
The Carriage House at Genesis Spiritual Center - 53 Mill Street, Westfield
Reservations/Information: (413) 562-3627 or at genesisspiritualcenter. org. Tickets: $45 Adults, $25 Children (12 and under) All Reservations Must Be Prepaid. Combine “food, glorious food” with a rollicking, interactive version of Dickens’ magical “A Christmas Carol,” Performed by WOW’s inimitable troupe of able actors, it’s a performance that you will not soon forget. No Bah Humbugs here except from one Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Dickens Days Carol Sing-Along! - FREE!
Park Square Green, Monday, December 12 at 6pm
The Westfield High School Chorus under the direction of the talented Korey Bruno takes the holiday spotlight with an evening of traditional and modern songs of the season. The town green is the perfect sparkling setting for some very talented high schoolers and their wonderful director.

Neighbor to Neighbor: An Old-Fashioned Caroling Party - FREE!
Saturday, December 10, 5 pm – 7:30 pm Park Square & its adjacent downtown neighborhood For its annual holiday event, the Peer Mediation Group, Best Buddies Club and Culinary Program of Westfield High School collaborates with WOW to create a special caroling visit to the homes of our downtown neighbors. While this is not a public event, if you live in the vicinity of downtown, from Court St. to West Silver St. and from Broad St. to Pleasant St. and you leave your porchlights on, don’t
be surprised if you are visited by some jolly carolers. Joy to the World!

The Mayor’s Menorah Lighting Ceremony & Latkes and Lights: a Hanukah Party
Tuesday, December 27 at 6:30pm - FREE! Park Square, downtown Westfield & Amelia Park Children’s Museum, 29 Broad St. The Mayor honors
the wonderful Jewish community of Westfield on the fourth night of Hanukah. Everyone is welcome. After the ceremony, the folks at Amelia Park Children’s Museum invite everyone back to the museum for Latkes and Lights: A Hanukah Party, complete with latkes, applesauce, music and family fun. Dreidl! Dreidl!