FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Friday was the 17th annual Dickens Holiday in downtown Fayetteville.
Hay Street went back in time to the Victorian era with horse-drawn carriages and an appearance by Ebenezer Scrooge.
“People want to roll back the clock. Feel like they are in a simpler time. No cell phones. No cars even. When did we get around on horse and carriage. It really takes you back to that Victorian time,” said Mary Kinney of the Arts Council of Fayetteville Cumberland County.
Last year’s Dickens Holiday had 20,000 people attend. Organizers are hoping to break that mark this year.
Friday’s Christmas event was special for Justin Ronnow and his family. Ronnow missed last year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas while he was deployed overseas in Afghanistan.
The Ronnow family came to Hay Street to celebrate little Scarlet’s first Christmas.
“So I was gone during the holidays and we celebrated when I came back. It is what you make it. As long as you are around family, that’s all that matters,” Ronnow said.
The Fayetteville community has been through a lot since the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
Some said that attending Friday’s Christmas event helps boosts spirits.
“We have gone through a lot of stuff this year. Just with everything going on even in the world and in Fayetteville. This is really nice to just come out here and get our minds off of it,” said Amber Rodriguez. “Have a good time and just get some happiness during this time of year that can be sad for some people.”