Festival UpdatesView the latest updates to the 43rd Annual Dickens on The Strand festival!
The Grand Strand Soirée – Friday, December 2Galveston’s world-famous Victorian holiday festival kicks off with a new event in 2016. The “Grand Strand Soiree” will feature specialty acts, award winning performers and carefully curated food and drink for a lively start to the annual event.
Dickens Champagne Reception - Thursday, December 1Welcome Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great granddaughter and Jane Dickens Monk, great-great-granddaughter to the annual Victorian event with a special champagne reception in the breathtaking 1892 Bishop's Palace!
Expanded Children’s Area With “Oliver’s Alley”This year the educators at the Galveston Children’s Museum will be lending their expertise to a new “Oliver’s Alley” children’s area in the festival grounds featuring hands on educational opportunities for youth. Activities in Oliver’s Alley will allow children to step back in time and experience play in the manner of children in Victorian times.
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 2-4. 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 2 from 5-9 pm for a special night of fun, frivolity and festivities all hosted by Jane Dickens Monk. Come early, stay late for this one-of-a-kind evening! LEARN MORE.
DISCOUNT ADMISSION & SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS NOW ON SALE
If you’ve not gotten your tickets to this year’s event, there’s no time like the present! Advance tickets are discounted until December 2 and seats are limited to many of this year’s special events, concerts and tours. Don’t miss out – PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY!
GHF ADDS HOLIDAY CHEER TO STRAND STREET DECORATIONS
Galveston’s Strand National Historic Landmark District welcomes tens of thousands of guests, both local and those visiting, to its storied streets each holiday season. In preparation of that, and in advance of Dickens on The Strand, GHF makes sure downtown’s historic streets look holiday ready.
VICTORIAN BED RACES – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT 4:30 PM
Fortune and glory await one lucky team at the 2016 Dickens on The Strand! The annual Victorian bed race, held Sunday, December 4 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. Additionally, one lucky winner of our writing contest will find a seat reserved in a parade carriage!