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Call for Artists : Dickens on The Strand

GHF in partnership with Galveston Arts Center presents Dickens Intersections, a temporary installation of public works during GHF’s 46th Annual Dickens on The Strand in Galveston’s Strand National Historic...

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!


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 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (FREE ADMISSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT!) and continues Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from 12 to 6 p.m. Dickens on The...

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. Meet some of them in advance of this year’s festival. A full listing of participating entertainers will be posted prior to...

Dickens on The Strand Vendors

Vendors : Dickens on The Strand

Galveston Historical Foundation is currently accepting applications from food and craft vendors for the 46th 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...

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