This year’s festival begins Friday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (FREE ADMISSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT!) and continues Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, from 12 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday or Sunday. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 for Saturday or Sunday in advance and $12 the day of. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for ½ price.
GHF MEMBER TICKETS
Being a member has its rewards! GHF members receive discounted Dickens on the Strand tickets that can be purchased at The Shop At The Palace (1402 Broadway), Eighteen Seventy One (2217 The Strand), Architectural Salvage Warehouse (2228 Broadway), Galveston Historic Seaport (Pier 22) or at any festival entrance. Not a member? Click here to purchase your membership today and save all year long on events, merchandise and more!
Dickens on The Strand is the perfect location for company outings or even getting friends old and new together for a unique afternoon. From great entertainment to amazing food and shopping, this year’s event is the perfect location for your fun. We’re happy to extend special group ticket rates for your function or gathering at this year’s event. Have a group of 20 or more? Contact us at 409-765-3459 for more information.
DICKENS CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
Thur., Dec. 5 @ 6 pm
Welcome Dickens descendants Oliver Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, and Jane Dickens Monk! Held in the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, is your first opportunity to welcome our Dickens guests. Complimentary champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will also be served.
HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERTS
Fri., Dec. 6 @ 5:30, 7 & 8:30 pm
Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for special 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.
DICKENS SOIREE AT BISHOP’S PALACE
Fri., Dec. 6 @ 6:30 pm
With specialty acts, award-winning performers and a carefully curated food and drink menu, this kickoff to the annual festival is not to be missed! Held at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, enjoy live music, a special aerial acrobatics performance, and more. Presented by Tom’s Galveston Real Estate.
BREAKFAST WITH DICKENS
Sat. Dec. 7@ 8:30 am
Sun. Dec. 8@ 10:30 am
The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Jane Monk, welcomes you to the 1859 Ashton Villa for a specially crafted breakfast! Your RSVP for breakfast includes a keepsake ornament, photos with Father Christmas, and a musical performance.
MORNING TEA WITH
THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 11 am
Join us at the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA at Pier 22 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. Held 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. 7 @ 4:30 pm
The Tall Ship ELISSA transforms to a London Wharf for one of Dickens on The Strand’s favorite events! Crew will welcome you onboard for heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwicks’s Lanternlight Parade.
THE QUEEN’S FEAST
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 7:00 pm
This special evening dinner features a four-course meal, a special reading from Ollie Dickens of A Christmas Carol, complimentary champagne toast to the Queen, and MUCH MORE. Held in the 1859 Ashton Villa, enjoy an evening surrounded in Dickens holiday spirit.
DICKENS AFTER DARK
Sat. Dec. 7 @ 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.
ST. ARNOLD’S STRAND WALKING TOUR
Held Fri., Sat., & Sun. of the Festival
Learn about The Strand’s history and enjoy some of St. Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales. You’ll stop at 3 festival pubs as you walk through the district with your guide, learning about the people and places of early Galveston.
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 must have them secured will be asked to go through additional screening.