With bright sunshine and temperatures getting to 50 degrees, people came out to Port Jefferson for the , packing the streets and making parking scarce.
Highlights this year included the elaborate Toys For Tots train exhibit in the Belle Terre community center, an intricately decorated and, of course, the cast of Dickensian characters roaming throughout the village.
Diversity reigned at this year's festival with the helping to kick off the weekend at the and on Saturday the protestors reminded everyone that , threading his stories with tales of social injustices.
Luckily, Dickens' fantastical story A Christmas Carol ends on a purely optimistic note. Scrooge–a one percenter if there ever was–is filled with charity and grace by the work of the three Christmas spirits.
As Jeffrey Sanzel, artistic director at Theatre Three, read from the text during the opening ceremony, the old miser "knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us. And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one."
Enjoy these photos from the Dickens Festival this weekend. If you have any of your own, please email them to us and add we'll add them to the gallery.