This Weekend Dec. 3rd-5th: Dickens On The Strand

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Galveston’s World-Famous Victorian Holiday Festival Returns!

Brush off your bowlers and prepare your petticoats as Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 48th annual Dickens on The Strand. Held the first weekend in December, the annual festival is a holiday tradition with great family programming, live entertainment, special events, and more.

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land, Shopkeeper Skills Village, and roaming characters throughout the festival.

Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.

Attendees in Victorian costume may purchase their half-price ticket at the gate.

Ticket prices will increase on November 26. Tickets are non-refundable and good for a single day’s admission. Admission for Fezziwig’s Friday, December 3 from 5-9 p.m., is free to the public.


For 48 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand festival has highlighted downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture while providing a one-of-a-kind holiday destination filled with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’s work. This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. Learn more by clicking here.

For the safety and comfort of our attendees, pets, ice chests, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways, and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden.

The festival is open rain or shine. Parking is available on many streets, lots, and parking garages within easy walking distance of the festival.

More information will be available at as it is available.

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