What the Dickens: It’s holiday season 2010 at Pinecrest Gardens

By Julie Durstine….

Pinecrest Gardens will look like a page out of Charles Dickens.

Pinecrest Gardens, in partnership with Pinecrest Cultural Arts Inc., has announced its inaugural Charles Dickens-themed Holiday Festival and Gift Bazaar, “What the Dickens,” on Sunday, Dec. 5.

This all day, multi-denominational extravaganza is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, and will feature the works of Charles Dickens and other performers with a Victorian Twist — Oliver Twist, that is.

Join in for a day filled with shopping, entertainment, performances and food. There will be choirs, craft artisans, puppeteers, mimes, bagpipers, theatrical performances and holiday bell ringers in venues located throughout the Gardens. There even will be a special performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on the newly constructed stage located in the Banyan Bowl.

The Gardens will open at 10 a.m. with the lighting of a Christmas tree and will close at 6 p.m. with the lighting of a Hanukkah menorah. Admission is $5 per person; children 5 and under free.

“Our Holiday Festival and Gift Bazaar presented by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, is a special opportunity for Pinecrest Gardens to bring together the community at large with live performances, tasty treats and a range of festivities,” said Alana Perez, Pinecrest Gardens director.

“We want to encourage everyone to come and celebrate the season at this multi-denominational and multi-cultural event inspired by the works of Charles Dickens,” she added.

Whether you light a Christmas tree, Hanukkah menorah or Kwanzaa candles, there will be something wonderful in store for everyone.

Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Rd. For more information call 305-669-6990, or visit on the Web at www.pinecrestgardens.org.

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