• Fezziwig's Friday - FREE ADMISSION!
    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 Tours
    Saint Arnold's Strand Walking Tours
    Learn 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 Hour
    Harborside Happy Hour
    Enjoy complimentary wine and craft beer with entertainment, merriment and more onboard the the 1877 ELISSA!
  • Festival Updates
    Festival Updates
    View the latest updates to the 43rd Annual Dickens on The Strand festival!

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 1-3. 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.

 

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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 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.

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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 1 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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VICTORIAN BED RACES – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 4:30 PM

Fortune and glory await one lucky team at the 2017 Dickens on The Strand! The annual Victorian bed race, held Sunday, December 3 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.

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COMPLIMENTARY DICKENS 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 a Charles Dickens’ classic.  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!


PLEASE NOTE:
Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. 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.
Open carry firearms, pets and ice chests are not allowed. Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured will be asked to go through additional screening.