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July 23, 2014, 5:48 pm

Dickens comes alive at Maxwell Mansion

The legacy of Charles Dickens, best known for his contribution to classic English literature, lives on as the annual Dickens' Christmas Party is held. This event will be on Dec. 8 at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Ave.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and a retrospective of Dickens's Christmas stories will be given by Philadelphia Dickens ambassador, Ed Pettit, at 7:30 p.m.

Following will be the one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol” by Philadelphia actor and the mansion's favorite, Josh Hitchens.

"'A Christmas Carol' is Dickens’ classic Christmas story about Ebenezer Scrooge, who receives visits from three ghosts on Christmas Eve – The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future,” said Diane Richardson, executive director of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. “The visits transform Scrooge's life.”

”Seeing [Hitchens] perform as Charles Dickens is a total immersion experience - a Victorian author in an intimate and authentic Victorian setting, as well as a marvelous holiday tradition,” added by Cordelia Frances Biddle, a famous Philadelphian writer, who creates Victorian-style novels.

Other readings from Louisa May Alcott, who was born in Germantown in 1832, and Clement Moore, who is best known for writing "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" in 1822, will also be in attendance for this holiday event. Performances re-enacting Alcott's readings will be given by Jessica Grabowski and Judy Palkon.

Additionally, Dickens' story, "The Ghost of Christmas Present," will be portrayed and read by Karen Stevens.

Known to be the only Victorian-style museum in Philadelphia, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion holds 17 rooms, as well as a garden that adds to the rich history of the building. Tours are currently being held at the museum Thursdays to Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m., with the last one starting at 3:15 p.m.

The museum also hosts a Victorian theater, with the interior representing the classic Victorian style of Philadelphia.