Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum transforms to a London wharf for this toast to the end of the day and beginning of the evening. The Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes you onboard for complimentary wine and beer (courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company), special entertainment and more leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwicks’s Lanternlight Parade. Happy Hour will be held from 4-5 p.m. and the $25 ticket includes complimentary beer and wine and access onboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. Tickets do not include festival admission.


Elissa is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. Today Elissa is much more than an artifact from a bygone era. She is a fully-functional vessel that continues to sail annually during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to Galveston Historical Foundation and its commitment to bring history to life, combined with the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who keep her seaworthy and train each year to sail her, Elissa and the art of 19th Century square-rigged sailing are alive and well.



Due to the record breaking rainfall of this weekend, Galveston Historical Foundation is announcing the addition of an unprecedented second weekend of the 43rd Annual Dickens on The Strand Festival. The added weekend’s event will be held exclusively on The Strand street on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10. Admission is free Friday night to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9 p.m. Saturday’s event will be held from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with tickets specially priced at $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for $4. Children 5 & under are free. First weekend ticket holders will have their admissions honored the second weekend or at 2017’s festival. Tickets and additional information are available at

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on seven 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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