Watson Street will be transformed into Santa’s Village this weekend during Ripon’s annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration.

   The neighborhood of the jolly old elf will be the theme of its signature event, Living Windows, Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

   “We just wanted to have really this whimsical, fun time,” Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith said. “We want to make sure that each year that some form of the Dickens’ theme is incorporated into those Living Windows, but we realize seeing the same thing over and over and over again doesn’t necessarily always intrigue people.”

   He added festival-goers can expect to view some live animals in the windows, along with some typical scenes that one would expect to see in Santa’s Village.

   Living Windows is just one of many events that make up Dickens of a Christmas, a three-day celebration that begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

   Friday will be highlighted by the Fezziwig’s Festival, which was added three years ago after the decision was made to move Living Windows to Saturday night. It will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Ripon and will feature horse-and-carriage rides, musical performances, a fruit cake toss and ice sculptors.

Read the full story in the Dec. 6, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.