Galveston Historical Foundation


Brush off your bowlers and prepare your petticoats as Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 49th 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.

Tickets & Special Events

For more than 47 years, Galveston Historical Foundation has hosted Dickens on The Strand in downtown Galveston to experience the architecture, sights, and sounds of a Victorian holiday. PLEASE NOTE: GHF Members receive...

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. Meet some of them in advance of this year’s festival. DICKENS ON THE STRAND ENTERTAINERS AND GUESTS Click for our full list...

Dickens on The Strand Vendors


e rely on our vendors to contribute to the theme of the festival through the suitability of their presentation, displays, and costumes. Welcoming over 35,000 guests annually, the event has become famous for its ability...

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...

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! DICKENS ON THE STRAND ENTERTAINERS AND GUESTS Click for our full list of daily entertainment...


PLEASE NOTE: 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.