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Ride the LIRR to Dickens Festival in Port Jeff

The harbor front Village of Port Jefferson will kick off its annual three-day Dickens Festival on Friday, December 2 and MTA Long Island Rail Road is the perfect way for devotees of the British literary genius and author of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol," to take in the festivities and enjoy the costumed characters, decorated streets and shops, Victorian entertainment and fabulous local restaurants.

Photo of Dickens festival weekend in Port Jefferson

For the Dickens Festival weekend (December 2-4), the LIRR's regular Port Jeff Village Getaway package is ideal. It includes round-trip rail service, taxi vouchers and discounts from local merchants. The price is $28 for adults and $11.50 for children 5-11. Tickets are available at open ticket offices and gray, blue and green ticket machines (press "Deals & Getaways," then press "LI Getaways," then "Port Jeff Village"). Rail tickets are valid for 14 days from date of sale, refundable for 30 days from date of sale (full package only) - subject to $10 refund processing fee per transaction.

Take any off-peak Port Jefferson Branch train to Port Jefferson Station. Pick up a walking map of the Village at the station or later in town. Lindy's Taxi will be at the station and ready to take you down the hill to the village and back up to the train station. With festivities continuing on Saturday and Sunday, why not make a weekend of it at one of the Village's quaint hotels?

Now in its 16th year, the Port Jefferson Dickens Festival attracts several thousand visitors to the picturesque port with its many music performances, an old-fashioned marketplace on East Main Street, carriage and trolley rides, lantern-lit house tour of historic homes and Grand Final Parade.

Everyone is invited to come in period costume or holiday garb for Friday night's opening ceremonies, followed by the Crystal Ball in the beautifully decorated Village Center where you will dance to tunes of decades past and present. On Saturday and Sunday, the entertainment will include Handel's Messiah, a barber shop quartet singing Christmas favorites, lovely guitar music from the 18th & 19th centuries, barn dancing, horse and carriage rides, a magic show and A Christmas Carol Radio Show performed by live actors. And don't forget to visit Santa's Workshop.