This year’s festival begins Friday, November30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (FREE ADMISSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT!) and continues Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, from 12 to 6 p.m. Tickets purchased before November 30 are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday or Sunday. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday or Sunday. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 for Saturday or Sunday in advance and $12 the day of. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for ½ price.
GHF MEMBER TICKETS
Being a member has its rewards! Galveston Historical Foundation member tickets can be purchased in advance at The Shop At The Palace (1402 Broadway), Eighteen Seventy One (2217 The Strand), Architectural Salvage Warehouse (2228 Broadway), Texas Seaport Museum (Pier 22) or at any entrance the day of the festival.
Not a member? Click here to purchase your membership today and save all year long on events, merchandise and more!
The Grand 1894 Opera House has partnered with Galveston Historical Foundation for a double dose of Dickens Fun.
Enjoy a $5 discount per ticket to a performance of Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol at The Grand 1894 Opera House (for either Friday or Saturday’s performance) AND A one-day discounted admission ticket ($10) to Dickens on The Strand.
The 45th Annual Dickens on The Strand is the perfect location for company outings or even getting friends old and new together for a unique afternoon. From great entertainment to amazing food and fun, this year’s event is the perfect location for your fun. We’re happy to extend a special group rate for your function or gathering at this year’s event.
Have a group of 20 or more? Contact Alyson Whitaker at 409-765-3432 for more information.
CAN’T MISS SPECIAL EVENTS
DICKENS CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
Thur., Nov. 29 @ 6 pm
Join us as we welcome Dickens descendants Oliver Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Jane Dickens Monk! This special meet, in the 1838 Menard House, is your first opportunity to meet and greet our Dickens guests. Complimentary champagne will also be served.
DICKENS SOIREE AT BISHOP’S PALACE
Fri., Nov. 30 @ 6:30 pm
This exclusive, Friday evening, fête gives you the rare opportunity to mix and mingle with Dickens descendants, gaze at extraordinary performers and relish in a specially curated menu of food stations and drink throughout the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. Reservations are required.
HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERTS
Fri., Nov. 30 @ 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.
BREAKFAST WITH DICKENS
Sat. Dec. 2@ 8 am/Sun. Dec. 3@ 10 am
The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Jane Monk, isn’t just coming to this year’s event to take in the sights and share in her heritage, she’s also there to cook up a traditional English breakfast! Join Jane and Chef Mary Bass as they prepare a one-of-a-kind experience in the 1892 Bishop’s Palace!
MORNING TEA WITH THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE
Sat. Dec. 1 @ 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. Demonstrations will be introduced by the Captain’s wife, who will show what life was like for a sailor on the high seas!
SALUTE TO SUNSET ON THE 1877 ELISSA
Sat. Dec. 1 @ 4:30 pm
The Galveston Historic Seaport 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 heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwicks’s Lanternlight Parade.
DICKENS AFTER DARK
Sat. Dec. 1 @ 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.
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.