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 National Historic Landmark Strand District. In addition, new and expanded events are planned for all days of the event! Check back in November for our full schedule of events!
2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
CAN’T MISS SPECIAL EVENTS
DICKENS CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
Thur., Nov. 29 @ 6 pm
Join us as we welcome Dickens descendants Oliver Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Jane Dickens Monk! This special meet, in the 1838 Menard House, is your first opportunity to meet and greet our Dickens guests. Complimentary champagne will also be served.
DICKENS SOIREE AT BISHOP’S PALACE
Fri., Nov. 30 @ 6:30 pm
This exclusive, Friday evening, fête gives you the rare opportunity to mix and mingle with Dickens descendants, gaze at extraordinary performers and relish in a specially curated menu of food stations and drink throughout the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. Reservations are required.
HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERTS
Fri., Nov. 30 @ 5:30, 7 & 8:30 pm
Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for three special handbell concerts. These Dickens on The Strand traditions sell out annually, be sure to get you reservations in advance as seating is limited in this intimate setting.
BREAKFAST WITH DICKENS
Sat. Dec. 2@ 8 am/Sun. Dec. 3@ 10 am
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 cook up a traditional English breakfast! Join Jane and Chef Mary Bass as they prepare a one-of-a-kind experience in the 1892 Bishop’s Palace!
MORNING TEA WITH THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE
Sat. Dec. 1 @ 11 am
Join us at the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA for tea and cookies with a touch of history and excitement. Watch the crew maneuver the ship at the dock, set sails and climb in the rigging. Demonstrations will be introduced by the Captain’s wife, who will show what life was like for a sailor on the high seas!
SALUTE TO SUNSET ON THE 1877 ELISSA
Sat. Dec. 1 @ 4:30 pm
The Galveston Historic Seaport transforms to a London wharf for this toast to the end of the day and beginning of the evening. The Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes you onboard for heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwicks’s Lanternlight Parade.
DICKENS AFTER DARK
Sat. Dec. 1 @ 8-10 pm
Holders of this limited ticket will gain access to a private event hidden within the Dickens on The Strand grounds. Guests will receive the location a week before the event and enjoy unique performances, drink, and revelry for this new addition to the 45th annual Victorian festival.
SAINT ARNOLD’S STRAND WALKING TOUR
Held Fri., Sat., & Sun. of the Festival
Learn about the history of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales during this tour. You’ll stop at 3 festival pubs as you walk through the festival with your guide, learning about the people and places of early Galveston.
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.