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 4-6. 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.

Two youth writers will also have the good fortune to ride in one of the festival parades with Dickens descendants Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Jane Dickens Monk. All it takes to win is submitting a winning short story. LEARN MORE & ENTER!

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FIRST 3,000 YOUTH RECIEVE

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’ 1843 masterpiece “A Christmas Carol”. Books are limited to the first 3,000 youth entries and will be available at all festival entrances

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Colosseum

The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 70 AD, and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).

The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions

FREE FRIDAY KICK-OFF

LESS HUMBUG - MORE HUZZAH! Join us Friday, December 4, from 5-9 pm for a free kickoff to this year's Dickens on The Strand! Enjoy a special hot toddy from "Drinking with Dickens" with friends old and new in downtown Galveston at Fizziwig's Beer Hall. Specially created entertainment awaits for a night celebrating everything that Ebenezer isn't! All hosted by Dickens descendant Jane Dickens Monk.

DICKENS WRITING CONTEST & BOOK GIVEAWAY

Christmas comes early this year with fantastic opportunities for attending youth. From free copies of A Christmas Carol to a chance to ride in The Queen’s Parade with Dickens descendants, this year’s event offers an incredible array of youth fun! LEARN MORE.

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FEZZIWIG FRIDAY – FREE KICKOFF PARTY

Less humbug, more huzzah! This year’s Dickens on The Strand kicks off on Friday, December 4 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.

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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 4 and seats are limited to many of this year’s special events, concerts and tours. Don’t miss out – PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY!

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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.

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2015 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Three days are jam packed with great vendors, entertainers and special events. Check our our official festival guide and plan your weekend before walking through the gates! The guide also includes a map of the grounds and more information on numerous associated events.

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EXPANDED LINEUP FOR OLIVER’S ALLEY

Each year, children by the thousands attend Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand Festival. With its parades, petting zoos, history encampments and more, there’s a full weekend of quality children’s programming on hand for attendees. Learn more here.


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.