STRAND WALKING TOURS Friday night is also your first opportunity to take part in our Saint Arnold Strand Walking Tours. Enjoy delicious ales and a tour of the downtown historic district. FRIDAY KICK-OFF AT FEZZIWIG'S BEER HALL For those looking for a sneak peak at this year’s festival, the newly expanded Fezziwig’s Beer Hall might be the perfect Friday night destination. Fezziwigs will feature live entertainment, raffle prizes, hearty ales and a specialty cocktail all hosted by Dickens descendant Jane Dickens Monk. Mr. Fezziwig was everything that Ebenezer wasn’t and this is sure to be a fun and lively start to the weekend’s activities. READ MORE PLAY BALL! VICTORIAN GAMES AT 21ST & STRAND Take part in authentic recreations of popular Victorian sports! Over the course of the 41st annual event’s schedule guests will have the opportunity to witness and even take part in popular games of the late 19th century. DICKENS WORKSHOP In addition, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, will lead a special workshop in Oliver’s Alley. OLIVER'S ALLEY NEW, EXPANDED AREA! 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. 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. TOWN CRIER NEW CONTEST AT 41st ANNUAL EVENT The first weekend in December, one individual will be leaving the annual Dickens on The Strand festival with a new job description, that of the official town crier for the city of Galveston! 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 5-7. “It’s exciting for us to offer a new twist to the annual Dickens event,” states GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “This year we bring back some old favorites for those who come annually but we are adding a distinctive historical theme that will add new attractions and cultural experiences.” TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! 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. 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.