The festival weekend also hosts a multitude of spirited fun with events such as the crowd favorite Dickens Victorian Bed Races; Victorian Costume Contest; and daily parades through Galveston’s National Historic Landmark Strand District. In addition, new and expanded events are planned for all days of the event! Check back in November for our full schedule of events!

CAN’T MISS SPECIAL EVENTS

DICKENS CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
Thur., Dec. 5 @ 6 pm

Welcome Dickens descendants Oliver Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, and Jane Dickens Monk! Held in the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, is your first opportunity to welcome our Dickens guests. Complimentary champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will also be served.

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HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERTS
Fri., Dec. 6 @ 5:30, 7 & 8:30 pm

Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for three special handbell concerts. These Dickens on The Strand traditions sell out annually, be sure to get you reservations in advance as seating is limited in this intimate setting.

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DICKENS SOIREE AT BISHOP’S PALACE
Fri., Dec. 6 @ 6:30 pm

With specialty acts, award-winning performers and a carefully curated food and drink menu, this kickoff to the annual festival is not to be missed! Held at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, enjoy live music, a special aerial acrobatics performance, and appearances by special guests.

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BREAKFAST WITH DICKENS
Sat. Dec. 7@ 8:30 am
Sun. Dec. 8@ 10:30 am

The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Jane Monk, welcomes you to the 1859 Ashton Villa for a traditional English breakfast with our guest chef! Your RSVP for breakfast includes a keepsake ornament, photos with Father Christmas, and a musical performance.

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MORNING TEA WITH
THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 11 am

Join us at the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA for tea and cookies with a touch of history and excitement. Watch the crew maneuver the ship at the dock, set sails and climb in the rigging. Held by the Captain’s wife, who will show what life was like for a sailor on the high seas!

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SALUTE TO SUNSET ON
THE 1877 ELISSA
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 5 pm

The Tall Ship ELISSA transforms to a London Wharf for one of Dickens on The Strand’s favorite events! Crew will welcome you onboard for heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwicks’s Lanternlight Parade.

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THE QUEEN’S FEAST
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 6:30 pm

Holders of this limited ticket will gain access to a private event hidden within the Dickens on The Strand grounds. Guests will receive the location a week before the event and enjoy unique performances, drink, and revelry for this new addition to the 45th annual Victorian festival.

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DICKENS AFTER DARK
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 8-10 pm

Holders of this limited ticket will gain access to a private event hidden within the Dickens on The Strand grounds. Guests will receive the location a week before the event and enjoy unique performances, drink, and revelry for this new addition to the 45th annual Victorian festival.

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SAINT ARNOLD’S STRAND WALKING TOUR
Held Fri., Sat., & Sun. of the Festival

Learn about the history of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales during this tour. You’ll stop at 3 festival pubs as you walk through the festival with your guide, learning about the people and places of early Galveston.

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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.

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.