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Fezziwig's Friday Kick-Off

Fezziwig’s Friday : Dickens on The Strand


Fezziwig's Friday Kick-OffEven as Galveston’s world-famous Victorian holiday festival turns 49, the 2022 Dickens on The Strand continues to offer exciting new events and experiences for first-timers and returning guests alike. Dickens on The Strand’s Kick-off, Fezziwig’s Friday, festival kickoff, is held from 5-9 p.m., introduces new events as well as new takes on classic experiences.

For those looking for a sneak peek at this year’s festival, the newly expanded Fezziwig’s Beer Hall might be the perfect Friday night destination. Free to the public and held on 22nd Street between Strand and Mechanic, Fezziwig’s Friday will feature live entertainment, hearty ales, and more and is hosted by Charles Dickens himself!

Mr. Fezziwig was everything that Ebenezer wasn’t and this is sure to be a fun and lively start to the weekend’s activities. For those interested in learning more about the Strand National Historic Landmark District, a special Saint Arnold’s Architectural Walking Tour will be available at 7 p.m. for $35. Get your Dickens weekend off on the right foot with the official Dickens on The Strand Kick-off!



Returning for 2022, the beloved author himself will be joining Dickens on The Strand to celebrate his noted works and life. Join Charles at 5:15, 6:30, and 7:45 as he kicks off this year’s festival with remarks, readings, toasts, and more!

The Crescent Circus

5:30 p.m. – Crescent Circus

6:45 p.m. – The Traveling Pianist Adam Lozoya

8 p.m. – The Bilge Pumps


Saint Arnold Cask Tapping
5 p.m.

Kick off the 49th Annual Dickens on The Strand with a tapping of one of Saint Arnold’s incredible craft beers. Free while it lasts!

Dickens Toasts
Between Performances

Bring your best (and PG-rated please) wordsmithing for your chance to win special Dickens items. First come, first served.


Brush off your bowlers and prepare your petticoats as Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 48th 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

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