Galveston Historical Foundation

Kid’s Activities at Dickens on The Strand

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of the world's most beloved stories for a reason. Its message of forgiveness, humanity, and acceptance has connected with adults and children alike for over 176 years...

Breakfast With Dickens : Dickens on The Strand

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 enjoy a traditional English breakfast...

The Dickens Soiree : Dickens on The Strand

Featuring specialty acts, award-winning performers and a carefully curated food and drink menu, the Dickens Soiree is not to be missed!

Dickens After Dark : Dickens on The Strand

Holders of this limited ticket will gain access to a specially curated evening of art, music, and performance inside the historic 1878 First National Bank Building located within the Dickens on The Strand...

The Queen’s Feast : Dickens on The Strand

AN EVENING FIT FOR QUEEN AND KING! Dickens on The Strand favorite returns! The Queen’s Feast features a four-course meal, a special reading from Ollie Dickens of A Christmas Carol, a champagne toast to...

Victorian Bed Races : Dickens on The Strand

The annual Victorian bed race is always a crowd favorite and pits 5-person teams against each other for a footrace down Galveston's historic streets.

Champagne Reception : Dickens on The Strand

Each year, Dickens on The Strand invites descendants of the festival’s namesake to the island. Welcome them with a special Dickens Champagne Reception, held in the 1892 Bishop's Palace on Thursday, December 5...

St. Arnold’s Strand Walking Tours : Dickens on The Strand

Learn about the history of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and enjoy Saint Arnold Brewing Co.’s signature ales during this special tour.

Dickens on The Strand VIP Contest

Enter today to win our Dickens on The Strand VIP Contest. One lucky winner will enjoy an overnight stay, festival tickets, parade access, and more!

Fezziwig’s Friday : Dickens on The Strand

Friday night’s kick festival kickoff, held from 5-9 p.m., introduces new events as well as new takes on classic experiences.


Brush off your bowlers and prepare your petticoats as Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 46th annual Dickens on The Strand. Held the first weekend in December, the annual festival is a holiday tradition with great family programming, live entertainment, special events and more. Dickens on The Strand, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land, Shopkeeper Skills Village, and roaming characters throughout the festival. 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.
Dickens on The Strand Tickets

Tickets & Special Events : Dickens on The Strand

This year’s festival begins Friday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (FREE ADMISSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT!) and continues Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, from 12 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15...

Dickens on The Strand Schedule

Schedule of Events : Dickens on The Strand

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 Strand National Historic...

Dickens on The Strand Entertainers

Entertainers & Guests : Dickens on The Strand

Each year, hundreds of Dickens on The Strand entertainers and guests join GHF for the festival. A full listing of participating entertainers will be posted prior to the festival. Interested in joining? Download our...

Dickens on The Strand Vendors

Vendors : Dickens on The Strand

Galveston Historical Foundation is currently accepting applications from food and craft vendors for the 47th Annual Dickens on The Strand, a Victorian Christmas celebration that brings over 35,000 visitors during that...

Map & General Info : Dickens on The Strand

Dickens on The Strand returns the first weekend every December with Victorian holiday fun, only found on Galveston Island! View our Dickens on The Strand map, festival times and pricing, and more below. WEAR A VICTORIAN...

Dickens on The Strand

Sponsorships : Dickens on The Strand

Galveston Historical Foundation launched the “Old English Christmas and Hanukkah Party,” a costumed, pot-luck supper for GHF members in 1974. The activities were so popular, the following year, it opened to the public...

Dickens News

PLEASE NOTE: Dickens on The Strand 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.