• 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!

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.

 

CAN’T MISS OPPORTUNITIES!

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!

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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!

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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 to its storied streets each holiday season. See how GHF makes sure downtown’s historic streets look holiday ready.

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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.

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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.


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.