This weekend, the annual Dickens Christmas event returns to Covington’s court square.

Organized by the Covington Downtown Merchants Association, the event is based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and will feature characters from the beloved story milling about with the guests.

It will take place from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

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Many different activities are planned.

There will be carriage rides both days, Santa and Scrooge will both be visiting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Mrs. Claus will be reading at the Home and Health building Saturday.

Buff City Soap will have a soap demonstration at 2 p.m. and Old Town Hall Cafe will be open for lunch from 11-2.

The tree lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and children are asked to hang homemade ornaments on the tree during the day.

The Ruffin will be playing “A Christmas Carol” throughout the day both days.

Mr. Brooks will be serving kettle corn and funnel cakes both days as well.

On Sunday, Santa will be at the Ruffin at 3 p.m. to read “The Night Before Christmas” and the Grinch will be visiting the square from 2-5 p.m.

There will be eight local eateries open and 15 shops to choose from. The downtown merchants are holding a best dressed staff contest, so be sure to vote for your favorites.

Carriage rides

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available at the south entrance to the courthouse from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tree Lighting

The annual event also features a tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The tree is located on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn.

The merchants have asked children to bring a homemade ornament to decorate the tree – hang them at any time during the day Saturday.

COVID-19 precautions 

As a reminder, Tipton County has a mask mandate in effect. The Leader encourages social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing.