Galveston Historical Foundation
Dickens on The Squares Tickets

Dickens on The Squares Ticketing


Dickens on The Squares Tickets

For more than 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation has hosted Dickens on The Strand in downtown Galveston to experience the architecture, sights, and sounds of a Victorian holiday. This year finds the beloved annual event in a new configuration while addressing the ongoing impact of COVID-19.



  • Tickets are available in two daily blocks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6.
  • Your ticket allows access into all five Dickens squares during your selected block.
  • Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth 6-18, and free for children 5 & under.
  • All guests entering the festival must have a valid ticket, please ensure you reserve a free ticket for any children in your group.
  • Guests in Victorian costume will receive a commemorative Dickens keepsake.

Each of our Dickens themed squares will feature entertainment, pubs, and food options with a specially designed holiday market on Pier 21 while adhering to local, state, and federal guidelines on public gatherings. Guests in Victorian attire will receive a limited-edition commemorative keepsake.

PLEASE NOTE: As part of our city-approved COVID response plan, the following actions are required for participation at this event. Click here to read the full plan for additional information. Visitors who are unable to comply with the plan can be removed from the event grounds.

  • All participants will remain extra vigilant in following acceptable hygienic practices as outlined by the CDC, including frequent, thorough handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers when handwashing stations are unavailable.
  • All participants must have a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times while inside, entering, and exiting a square.
  • Social distancing of 6ft or more will be mandatory. The maximum occupancy of all squares is based on the museum occupancy load, which gives each individual a 6ft radius when factoring total capacity.
  • Do not attend if you or anyone in your household has been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others, has symptoms of COVID-19, is waiting for COVID-19 viral test results, may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should avoid attending with people who do not live in your household and avoid larger gatherings and consider attending activities that pose a lower risk if you decide to attend an in-person gathering with people who do not live in your household.
  • In addition, GHF will remain in contact with city and community leaders and health officials. Should a spike in COVID-19 cases occur, public health emergency be issued, a natural disaster occur, or other factors that could impact the event’s safe production, GHF will respond accordingly with increased measures or event cancellation.


Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.


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