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November 4, 2013


For the past 20 years, each holiday season the streets of Garrison have been transformed into a Victorian winter wonderland.

Garrison hosts the Dickens Festival, where the town is transformed to take people back in time to the era of Charles Dickens' "AChristmas Carol."

"We're just trying to expand on it," Garrison Convention and Visitors Bureau Director McKaila Matteson said. "It's our 20th year."

Dates for the festival are Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1,6,7,13 and 14.

Something different this year at the festival is a twist on the traditional "A Christmas Carol" play.

It will be a musical this year with a cast of more than 50 people.

Live performances will be held every Friday and Saturday night of the festival beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the KOTA Theater.

"Our play performances usually fill up or come close to filling up," Matteson said.

Other entertainment includes Travis Powell doing Elvis impersonations, First Lutheran Church Bell Ringers (of Minot) and a performance by Mylo Hatzenbuhler and Bill Sorenson.

"All of the entertainment has brought a huge response in the past," Matteson said.

Tickets for the daily entertainment are $5. Each show begins at 2 p.m. in the KOTA Theatre on Main Street.

Dickens Festival brings many people to Garrison to enjoy the holiday season.

"We're known as the Christmas Capitol of North Dakota because of the Dickens Festival," Matteson said.

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