The Ghost of Christmas Past visits Ebenezer Scrooge. "A Christmas Carol" is staged throughout the venue all day, giving attendees a chance to run into Dickens characters everywhere they turn. (Bianca Hernandez/KQED)
PHOTOS: Step Into Victorian London at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
For some Bay Area residents, it's not Christmas until they've taken a stroll through the streets of Victorian London.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, in its 35th season, is a celebration of all things Charles Dickens and Victorian, where people can walk the streets of 1800s London without leaving the Bay Area.
The halls of the Cow Palace are transformed for five weeks every year in an immersive environment that can feel like walking into a Charles Dickens novel. Literally. Performers stage "A Christmas Carol" every day, so fans of the story can run into Ebenezer Scrooge or one of ghosts as the tale plays out in the streets.
Throughout the day visitors can partake in ballroom dancing, learn sea shanties at the docks or try to run into Queen Victoria herself. The sights and sounds (and smells) of London are recreated each year by a crew of dedicated performers.