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This festival is centered at the 1923 Scottish Rite Cathedral, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the 1898 John Wise Mansion, listed as a local historic landmark; and Joplin’s historic residential district.
The event kicks off Friday, with a grand reception which includes: hors d’ oeuvre; drinks; entertainers; tours of the historic Cathedral. Reception tickets: $15; available online and at the door.
Saturday and Sunday events are free, but donations are greatly accepted. Enjoy a large variety of activities and musical performances, including pipe-organ concerts on the original Moeller organ, with pipes that tower over the auditorium; it is one of only four of its kind installed west of the Mississippi River. Visit our website for details and schedules.
DickensFest features: theatrical presentations; winter lights; costumed Dickens characters; food; crafts and arts; a “Carol-okee” stage; live nativity; a petting zoo; Santa and Mrs. Claus; face painting; balloon art; magicians; Father Christmas; horse-drawn carriage rides; and trackless train rides. Guests are encouraged to wear 1840s costumes; see the ‘guidelines’ page of our website for rules.
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