Green Lake Magazine Green Lake Magazine 2012 - Page 65 | 65 If A Christmas Carol is one of your favorite Dickens tales, you’ll want to be in Ripon for Dickens of a Christmas weekend, November 30–December 2. Stroll Watson Street in the lovely Victorian downtown shopping district as you enjoy Living Windows, the Friday evening event. Shop windows come alive with scenes of favorite stories, songs, and all things Dickensian. Each year a different window theme is chosen, and local service groups, youth clubs, churches, and students from elementary school through college do their best to portray a Yuletide theme. In the early evening darkness, the street lights up from sparkling white lights adorning the buildings and the golden glow emanating from brightly lit shops. Enjoy carolers, school bands playing Christmas songs, and stores, which will invite you in for a cup of hot cider, hot chocolate, and cookies. You can also catch a ride on a horse- drawn carriage—it’s very romantic and, despite the cold night air, cozy. A Las Posadas reenactment is part of the Friday evening festivity, followed by a traditional celebration of Mary and Joseph nding a place to stay for the night. A Living Nativity Scene is also featured in the heart of Living Windows activity. Dickens has even more. An amazing Quilt Show is housed each year at the Horicon Bank. There are hundreds of beautiful quilts on display by talented quilters of all ages, who enter their best work—handcrafted, some hand-quilted, all gorgeous, in every conceivable color, pattern, and fabric.Another part of Dickens is the Tour of Homes on Saturday. A handful of Ripon’s nest homes—from Victorian, to traditional, to eclectic—are featured each year. For a reasonably priced ticket, you may visit all, which are decorated for the holidays uniquely to the personality of the owner.More fun includes a Christmas Crèche display featuring nativity scenes from around the world set up in a local church, which is on the National Historic Register. And you can stop at the Enchanted Forest, a display of decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local community groups. A small admission allows you to not only see the decorations, but also enjoy talented local youth choirs and musicians.What more? The local stores are festively decorated by the shopkeepers who enjoy decorating with an eye to creativity and uniqueness, and you can stop in to one of the ne restaurants for a warm-up or lling meal.Dickens of a Christmas is Ripon’s signature annual event. Visit ripon for complete event details—the Special Events link will direct you to everything you’ll need to know. You may also call (920) 748-6764 or email Celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday at Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas