Fezziwig's Friday - FREE ADMISSION!Less humbug, more huzzah! This year’s Dickens on The Strand kicks off on Friday, December 9 from 5-9 pm for a special night of fun, frivolity and festivities.
Saint Arnold's Strand Walking ToursLearn about the history of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales during this special Dickens on The Strand tour.
Harborside Happy HourEnjoy complimentary wine and craft beer with entertainment, merriment and more onboard the the 1877 ELISSA!
Festival UpdatesView the latest updates to the 43rd Annual Dickens on The Strand festival!
There have been sunny years, cold years, wet years and hurricane years, but the one thing that all have in common is that Dickens on The Strand has always remained open. For over 40 years, Galveston’s world-famous Victorian holiday festival has been held in The Strand National Historic Landmark District and we’re looking forward to our 43rd anniversary. Galveston Historical Foundation will hold an unprecedented second weekend of Dickens on The Strand on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10.
With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns for another weekend! 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.
FEZZIWIG FRIDAY – FREE KICKOFF PARTY
Less humbug, more huzzah! This year’s Dickens on The Strand kicks off on Friday, December 9 from 5-9 pm for a special night of fun, frivolity and festivities. Come early and stay late for this one!
ADMISSION & TICKETING INFORMATION
If you’ve not gotten your tickets to this year’s event, there’s no time like the present! We’ve specially discounted tickets for our second weekend addition. PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY!
GHF ADDS HOLIDAY CHEER TO STRAND STREET DECORATIONS
Galveston’s Strand National Historic Landmark District welcomes tens of thousands of guests to its storied streets each holiday season. See how GHF makes sure downtown’s historic streets look holiday ready.
VICTORIAN BED RACES – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 AT 4:30 PM
Fortune and glory await one lucky team at the 2016 Dickens on The Strand! The annual Victorian bed race, held Saturday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m. is always a crowd favorite and pits 5-person teams against each other for a footrace down Galveston’s historic streets. Complete rules and regulations are available here. Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams as well as a special crowd favorite award for the best decorated bed.
COMPLIMENTARY OLIVER TWIST BOOK & WRITING CONTEST
For those guests aged 12 and under, Christmas will come a little early this year as those ticket holders will receive a special edition of Charles Dickens’ 1838 classic “Oliver Twist”. Books are available thanks to a grant by the Alice Taylor Gray Foundation and limited to the first 2,000 youth entries and will be available at all festival entrances.