Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dickens Festival in Holly, MI

I've visited the quaint village of Holly, MI on several occasions and have blogged about it, but I've never been there for the Dickens festival until last Saturday, Dec. 13.

I made 2:00 p.m. reservations for Afternoon Tea at the Holly Hotel, and my girlfriend and I were on the road shortly after 10:00 a.m.   It was an unseasonably mild day, which was nice since festival activities were outside.  The village was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Holly has a lot of history and Michigan Historic Sites.

There are three antique malls in Holly, and we shopped in two of them last Saturday.  The antique mall pictured below is in Battle Alley - a Michigan Historic Site.

There was outdoor entertainment throughout the day.  Below is a Brownie Troop, and the little girl in the blue coat and black hat was adorable.

~ Village Reenactors ~

~ Puppet Show ~

~ Ready for tea at 2:00 ~

We were given the lunch menu instead of the Afternoon Tea menu.

Lori and I chose Twinings Mixed Berry Black Tea.  The server brought a delicious herb bread and whipped butter as a starter.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, and a Petite Filet of Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables.

Dessert was a Chocolate Yule Log.  The photo on the right is the hotel lobby.

We were seated in the main dining room, which was very busy because of the Dickens Festival.

~ My girlfriend, Lori [R], and Me [L] ~

What a fun Christmassy Saturday!


  1. Oh wow, what a wonderful event. I wish I could find one like that around where I live

  2. I heard many good reviews of the Holly Hotel - what a great way to experience it.

  3. A Dickens Festival on a nice day, and tea at the hotel -what a lovely way to spend the day!

  4. What an amazing town. I would absolutely love going here.
    that tea room in an old hotel is special.

  5. Oh Phyllis, Your visit brought back so many happy memories with my daughter! We had tea there a few years ago. I have lots of pictures of the trip. So precious now. Wishing you and your family a special Christmas.
    Hugs, Nancy

  6. What a fun day! And you know, I would *expect* a town named Holly to put on a good Christmas show! ;)


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