Galveston Historical Foundation
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 as “Dickens’s Evening on The Strand.” In 1983, the festival expanded to a full weekend of activities and in 1984 was officially renamed Dickens on The Strand. The festival is always held the first full weekend in December and the theme evokes the spirit of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

Now in its 50th year, Dickens on The Strand continues to attract visitors from across Texas, the nation, and around the world and serves as GHF’s largest fundraising event. With most of The Strand area’s architecturally rich buildings now restored, Galveston’s historic downtown provides the perfect backdrop for this internationally acclaimed family holiday event. Dickens on The Strand Sponsorships can provide your business with incredible placement and ensure that our attendees connect with your brand through our sponsor offerings.


For more information on how a Dickens on The Strand sponsorship can assist your business, please contact Will Wright, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Chief Creative Officer at 409-765-3424.

PLEASE NOTE: Dickens on The Strand 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 will have them secured by on-site security and will be asked to go through additional screening.

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