Galveston Historical Foundation

Buckingham Palace VIP Pass | Dickens on The Strand

Debuting at this year’s 49th Annual Dickens on The Strand is the Buckingham Palace VIP Area! This area, located inside the festival grounds, is your spot to relax, enjoy specialized programming and...

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.

The Dickens Dash : Dickens on The Strand

Take to the festival grounds before we open to the general public with our costumed fun-run, walk, stroll, what-have-you!

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...

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 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

GHF Members receive advance ticketing and discount ticket opportunities as part of our GalvestonHistory+ platform.  Ready for advance access? Join GHF today for your member access! 2022 TICKETS AND SPECIAL EVENTS...

Dickens on The Strand Entertainers

Entertainers & Guests : Dickens on The Strand

SPECIAL GUESTS HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT | It wouldn’t be a true event without royalty! Each year at Dickens on The Strand, Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, along...


We 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! FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS HOW DO I GET TO THE FESTIVAL? Galveston is located approximately 45...

Dickens on The Strand Media


Our Dickens on The Squares media page offers downloads, images, videos, and more for media professionals. For media and press related inquiries, please contact: Will Wright, Chief Creative Officer, 409-765-3424 MEDIA...

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.