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 its annual Dickens on The Strand festival, Galveston Historical Foundation makes sure downtown’s historic streets look holiday ready. Each November, GHF staff will install 140 wreaths and bows on gas lamps throughout the district; place and decorate the 30 foot Queen’s Christmas Tree in GHF’s Hendley Green park and run eight garland swags across the street, each adorned with over sized Christmas ornaments and 55 feet of garland.
“In anticipation and preparation for Dickens 2016, GHF is bringing our spirit back with boughs of holly and Christmas cheer,” explains Dwayne Jones, Executive Director of Galveston Historical Foundation. “For forty years, GHF has used its own resources to decorate the Strand for the season ahead. The organization raises funds through the event and other efforts so that we can make Galveston a destination for thousands of visitors each December.”