With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to Galveston Island December 5-7. “It’s exciting for us to offer a new twist to the annual Dickens event,” states GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “This year we bring back some old favorites for those who come annually but we are adding a distinctive historical theme that will add new attractions and cultural experiences.” The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items. NEW IN 2014! FEZZIWIG’S BEER HALL Mr. Fezziwig was everything Ebenezer wasn’t and we pay tribute to his jovial personality with our new Fezziwig’s Beer Hall. Join us Friday evening, December 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. for specialty acts, hearty brews and new friends all hosted by Dickens descendant Jane Monk. Read more… EXPANDED PARADE AND VENDORS With over 150 vendors throughout the festival, it’s your opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping. In addition to our numerous new craft and specialty vendors, our daily parades will also host new groups and excitement from all of the colonies of Britain! OLIVER’S ALLEY CHILDREN’S AREA We welcome the Galveston County Children’s Museum as they partner with Dickens on The Strand to bring a new area specifically for Dickens loving youth. Oliver’s Alley will feature numerous games, workshops and activities for attending Children in this new, expanded, section. VOLUNTEER Dickens on The Strand couldn’t be done without the hard work by the fantastic volunteers of Galveston Historical Foundation. Special pricing, events and more are done throughout the year as thanks to the efforts of this group. Be a part of this group by sending in a volunteer application. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. Pets, ice chests, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit.