Q: How did it all start?
A: A Victorian Country Christmas started as an idea many years ago. Lynda Pressey had just experienced the loss of her sister due to cancer. Her heart was touched by a Christmas event that she witnessed at Disneyland and wondered if it would be possible to create a special Christmas event in Washington someday. About twenty five years ago she and her husband Rod Pressey, invested his retirement funds in this dream. Working out of their garage, then out of an office park/warehouse, along with a designer they created the vision of this unique event.
Rather than just a gift show with booths they wanted a Christmas Festival that would literally infuse people with the spirit and feeling of Christmas. Storefronts were created and sets were designed to give the Washington State Fair Events Center the look and feel of A Victorian Village in the late 1800’s. Three buildings were decorated top to bottom to give the feeling that you were walking down an old fashioned street passing beautiful shops filled with hand crafted and one of a kind gift items. Artists from throughout the United States and Canada signed up to be in the show and we opened the doors to patrons from throughout the United States and Canada. This event has been going strong since 1988 and has become a tradition for families and friends from all different walks of life.
Q: How is A Victorian Country Christmas different than other holiday shows?
A: This is not a show, it is an experience. From the minute you enter this show you will be blessed. With all the challenges that we face in our daily lives it is our hope that our show will be a delightful and refreshing diversion. A Victorian Country Christmas is a direct reflection of our values and beliefs in terms of the way people are treated, the professionalism of the event and the type of entertainment that is presented. The Washington State Fair Events Center was originally chosen as the site for our festival because of the family values and community spirit that they represent. We want people to feel that they have experienced Christmas; that the season of giving has begun. We want patrons to leave having been infused with kindness. This is a family event filled with shopping and entertainment, but above all we want to acknowledge the beginning of the Christmas Season.
Q: What kind of entertainment can we expect?
A: A Victorian Country Christmas features the best professional entertainment in the United States. There is no need to go to Branson, Missouri! There are many stage shows daily fearing professional entertainment perfect for families. Let me briefly talk about a couple of highlights.
The Silver Spurs Country Western Revue features the best singers, dancers, acrobats and comedians in a rousing revue that will have you singing, laughing and tapping your feet. Stardust Follies is back with a brand new show. This Broadway style extravaganza features professional entertainers that are all over 50 years young. Music, dance, comedy and incredible costumes make for a fantastic show.
Many other artists will take the stage at this event as well as wonderful strolling performers. One of the unique features of A Victorian Country Christmas is the Singing Nativity. For those that truly want a dynamic and powerful experiences this is a must see. Featuring over one hundred and twenty five singers and dancers this presentations features the most beautiful Christmas Carols and Christmas music.
Q: What are some highlights to consider?
A: Each Patron will receive an old fashioned newspaper that will serve as their guide to A Victorian Country Christmas. Check out the opportunity to win incredible door prizes. See show times for entertainment and learn about strolling musicians such as the Evergreen Brass, Love Notes and The Christmas Belles. You can also see and locate any one of our Christmas stores by name or one of our food vendors by looking at our easy to read maps in the center section of our newspaper.
Don’t forget a carriage or train ride between buildings and a package check in is available to make your experience easy and fun. Security is top notch at our event. The US Marines will make sure that you feel safe as you enjoy this wonderful show. We also have the most beautiful Santa setting for breathtaking keepsake photos. Our lovely Santa and Mrs. Claus take time with your children and listen to the wishes of adults too.
Q: If we get hungry at A Victorian Country Christmas can we eat?
A: At Victorian Country Christmas we have a great variety of family home style cooking, kid friendly items, heart healthy selections and wonderful specialty and ethnic foods. There is plenty of seating available so everyone can enjoy a great meal at our festival.
We have wonderful vendors that sell specialty food items perfect for gifts or a special treat. If you are looking for a sweet treat for a gift or snack well then you cannot beat Seattle Fudge. They have been a fixture in the Northwest for many years selling the finest tasting homemade fudge and confections. We also have other fabulous treats such as Bavarian Roasted Nuts, Kettle Corn, Homemade Killian Carmel Corn, Chocolates and more.