A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition

  • Date: 11/04/23
  • Location: Appleton Museum of Art

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, welcomes back one of Ocala's best holiday traditions. On view Nov. 4-Jan. 7, “A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family’s Holiday Exhibition” features themed trees and much more from the collection of Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and daughters, Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie.
In addition to ornately decorated trees, see the architecture, customs and history of Victorian England come alive in the popular miniature Dickens Village, alongside an extensive collection of nutcrackers from all around the world and much more. The display is different every year.
Adorning the second floor of the museum are trees decorated by community groups and organizations. Participants include Bridge to Hope, CAMPUS USA Credit Union, Hands Up Communications, Hiers-Baxley/Highland Memorial Park, Jack and Jill of America, and Urban Counseling. Outside, the museum’s majestic oaks will shine again with twinkling lights. Additional large-scale decorations will deck the grounds with holiday cheer.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the annual Holiday Community Day event offers free admission sponsored by the Urban Family. Visit the permanent collection and special exhibitions including “A Dickens Christmas” and “Skylines to Hemlines: Art Deco Design from the Permanent Collection,” make holiday crafts in the Artspace, and have your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. From 10 a.m.-noon, enjoy Face Painting by Tonya. All activities are free. Food trucks will be onsite throughout the day. Visit AppletonMuseum.org for more details.

Sunday - Noon-5 p.m.

Monday - CLOSED

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

* We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, December 1
  • Saturday, December 2
  • Sunday, December 3
  • Tuesday, December 5
  • Wednesday, December 6
  • Thursday, December 7
  • Friday, December 8
  • Saturday, December 9
  • Sunday, December 10
  • Tuesday, December 12
A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition Map


4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, Florida 34470

Phone: (352) 291-4455