Get Ready to Party with the Christmas Ghost of the Past, the Present and the Future
Galveston's Dickens on the Strand
There are few festivals in Texas that tribute the literary works of the great masters like Charles Dickens, and none perhaps as festive as Galveston's Dickens on the Strand, a project sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation in the old Strand National Historical District downtown.
Tens of thousands flock to Texas oldest and most noted historical city each December dressed in their best Dicken's-period costumes to celebrate the holiday in Old London style. Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival, the Galveston Historical Foundation's (GHF) largest single fundraising event, returns to Galveston Island December 4-6 with the same gala street festival that has thrilled and entertained millions down through the years.
Get ready to enjoy parades, non-stop entertainment on a half dozen stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and entertainment of every imaginable kind! It's also a great opportunity to pick up Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items for the holidays.
What festival would be complete without food and drink and there will be no shortage of either when this city-wide festival kicks off the holiday season. Enjoy street food vendors and rolling carts of delectable delight. Many restaurants and local bars stage their own version of 19th century culinary delight with just the right sprinkling of spirits - of many kinds.
Galveston is a historically-rich city and according to many one of the state's most haunted cities, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the spirits of Dicken's Christmas Carol story would enjoy the gaiety and celebration on the streets of Galveston.
According to the festival's website, two descendants of Charles Dickens will once again grace the festival as GHF welcomes Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter of Dickens, and Jane Dickens Monk, great-great-granddaughter. Both women will be at numerous events throughout the weekend. Lucinda will be promoting her new book “Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards” at the festival.
The festival begins Friday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with free admission for opening 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 purchased before December 4 are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets purchased at the gate 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.