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Nov
22
Fri
Vienna Boys Choir at The Grand @ The Grand 1894 Opera House
Nov 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Boys have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1296. Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choir boys. Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring groups. The Choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Motets and lieder for boys’ choirs form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the Choir’s own arrangements of quintessentially Viennese music like waltzes and polkas. This will be a delightful evening for all ages! This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Tickets are $25-$75.

Nov
23
Sat
Great Dolphin Beer Rescue Benefit @ Brick House Tavern
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

November 23rd (1-5pm): Great Dolphin Beer Rescue – The Great Dolphin Beer Rescue is a great way to enjoy great craft beer at Galveston Island Brewing and support Galveston’s only Dolphin Rescue team: Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Back by popular demand for the 3rd year is TMMSN pint glass specials, Mario’s Pizza, and live reggae music by Dem Roots. The Great Dolphin Beer Rescue will also once again feature some fantastic raffle prizes you’ll want to get your hands on.

Galveston Island Brewery (GIB) is a local brewery featuring an on-site taproom showcasing classic beer styles from around the world. The taproom is open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 3-9pm, Friday 3-11pm, Saturday 12 noon-11pm, and Sunday 12 noon-9pm. For more info call (409)740-7000, go to galvestonislandbrewing.com, or you can always stop by the brewery located at 8423 Stewart Rd., Galveston. Events are:

 

Jaston Williams: “BLOOD & Holly – A West Texas Family Christmas” at The Grand @ The Grand 1894 Opera House
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In this latest, hysterical offering from our friend Jaston Williams, “Blood” in the title refers to his family blood-line and all that means to his world. Jaston describes Christmastime during his childhood as a skittish mishmash of life on “Rebecca’s Sunnybrook Farm” and frequent side excursions into Franco, Spain. Hear about the life-damaging Santa Claus experience, the Christmas tree that caused the cat to have a nervous collapse and what it was like every Christmas to be one of four people in the room with the same first name. You’ll also spend time with the fictional Hugger Family, whose Christmas wish list includes new teeth for the old folks, knives for the kiddies, and a better criminal attorney for Darlette. For those who need to know, find out why it’s a bad idea to flock a Christmas tree inside the house. Tickets are $30-$72.

Nov
24
Sun
Sunday Hootanany Jam at Galveston Island Brewing @ Galveston Island Brewing
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Every Sunday 1-4pm, join the acoustic jam!

Galveston Island Brewery (GIB) is a local brewery featuring an on-site taproom showcasing classic beer styles from around the world. The tap room is open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 3-9pm, Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday 12 noon-11pm, and Sunday 12 noon-9pm. For more info call (409)740-7000, go to galvestonislandbrewing.com, or you can always stop by the brewery located at 8423 Stewart Rd., Galveston.

Sunday Hootenanny at Galveston Island Brewing @ Galveston Island Brewing
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This jam is a weekly open jam in a family friendly setting. Jam is open for players of all skill levels. Come join us and swap tunes on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, etc.

Since this is an acoustic jam I’d like to keep the instruments non-electrified. If you have a case where you really need to use an amp, i.e. steel guitar, please be aware of your volume level so that it doesn’t overpower the other instruments.

Jam will be led weekly by Kevin Anthony & rotating visiting musicians. Music will be primarily Americana, Bluegrass, country, blues, Tejano, Cajun, folk, but anything is fine, just be sure that you can play your song and let the other players know which key the song is in.

We like to keep things simple so keep songs simple within 3-4 chords at the most. Yes, some songs have more chords, but they should be something that everyone can follow. Anything more than that is a ‘jam buster’ and considered ‘showboating’ and basically nobody cares.

Let’s pass a good time together sharing music! Bring the whole family to enjoy! There’s a playground for the kids and ice cold beverages for the adults!

Jaston Williams: “BLOOD & Holly – A West Texas Family Christmas” at The Grand @ The Grand 1894 Opera House
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In this latest, hysterical offering from our friend Jaston Williams, “Blood” in the title refers to his family blood-line and all that means to his world. Jaston describes Christmastime during his childhood as a skittish mishmash of life on “Rebecca’s Sunnybrook Farm” and frequent side excursions into Franco, Spain. Hear about the life-damaging Santa Claus experience, the Christmas tree that caused the cat to have a nervous collapse and what it was like every Christmas to be one of four people in the room with the same first name. You’ll also spend time with the fictional Hugger Family, whose Christmas wish list includes new teeth for the old folks, knives for the kiddies, and a better criminal attorney for Darlette. For those who need to know, find out why it’s a bad idea to flock a Christmas tree inside the house. Tickets are $30-$72.

Flip Flops Beach Bar – Jordan Tydings @ Flip Flops Beach Bar
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov
25
Mon
The Merry Kinksters Tour with Kinky Friedman and Austin Legends Cleve & Sweet Mary Hattersley @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

November 25th (8-11pm): Kinky Friedman At The Old Quarter – Kinky hits the road to promote his resurrection CD – yes, Kinky has been resurrected, with perhaps his greatest work ever, his CD “Resurrection” (Echo Hill Records), and he’s bringing it to Galveston. In working with superstar producer, multi-instrumentalist, and three-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell, Kinky has finally found the perfect complement to his jagged edge Texas Hill Country persona. Together with fellow three-time Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip, they have produced eleven amazing cuts. Tickets are on sale now for this event which will be held at The Old Quarter, located at 413 20th St. in Downtown Galveston.

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe is a music venue that supports live, original music and is located at 413 20th St., in Downtown Galveston. For tickets and more info, go to prekindle.com/events/oldquarteracousticcafe or find them on Facebook. Reservations can be made by emailing amora528@gmail.com. Reservations can be made by emailing amora528@gmail.com or calling (409)762-9199.

Get your tickets early, some of these shows will sell out fast.

Nov
29
Fri
Twelfth Annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez & Spa @ Hotel Galvez
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hotel Galvez is located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston. Advance reservations are required and available by calling (409)765-7721.

Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel is hosting its twelfth annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, November 29th at 6pm featuring performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs and dance groups, and the Galveston Community Band. The Lighting Celebration highlights one of the more than 50 days of holiday fun in Galveston, the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas. The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration is an annual, free family event and marks the start of the official holiday season in Galveston. 

The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree with a countdown led by Santa Claus and Galveston’s Mayor Pro-Tem Craig Brown. KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney will emcee the event. 

Performance groups include the Galveston Community Band directed by Doyle Neuwiller, Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy Singers and Dancers led by Anita Donato, Trinity School Choir led by Laura Hyatt, The Burnet Royals directed by Stephanie Silva, and DLS Dance Studio under the direction of Tatiana Verega. The evening concludes with a performance by the Galveston Ballet under the direction of Janel Amsallem. Dickens on The Strand’s Queen Victoria and other special characters will also make appearances during the festivities. Additionally, children can have photos taken with Santa Claus in the hotel’s Music Hall. Souvenir photos with Santa by KC Photography will be available for purchase for $15. 

Throughout the evening’s festivities, Hotel Galvez staff collects monetary donations for the Salvation Army to help make the holidays brighter for all members of the community. 

Hotel Galvez & Spa will unveil its special “The Night Before Christmas” themed gingerbread village on Thursday, November 28th. This famous poem will be recreated in gingerbread for guests to enjoy. The gingerbread house is on public display in the lobby through January 2nd. 

“We are honored to host another Holiday Lighting Celebration for our guests and the local community,” says Complex General Manager Marty Miles. “Every year, this event gets bigger and it’s a fun way to celebrate the beginning of the 2019 Christmas and holiday season.”

Hotel Galvez is also hosting Sunday Brunch with Santa on December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 11am-2pm. Guests are invited to take pictures with Santa and all will leave with a courtesy gift from Santa. For brunch reservations, call (409)765-7721 or book via Open Table.

Brunch at Hotel Galvez is a family tradition for many guests. The hotel will begin taking Thanksgiving Brunch reservations on Monday, November 4th and Christmas Day Brunch reservations on Monday, December 2nd. Advance reservations are required and are available by calling (409)515-2028. Additionally, the hotel hosts Sunday Brunch with Santa every Sunday in December before Christmas.

For those seeking a romantic New Year’s Eve Dinner, Hotel Galvez offers a special four-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill. Dinner is served 5-10pm and advance reservations are suggested. Reg and Cary will play 7-12:30am as the hotel rings in the New Year and celebrates 2020. Reservations for the restaurant are available via Open Table or by calling (409)515-2145.

Nov
30
Sat
Merry Christmas from The Doo Wop Project at The Grand @ The Grand 1894 Opera House
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to “DooWopified” versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. Celebrate the holidays with a whole new array of Doo Wop music! Tickets are $25-$85.

Merry Christmas from The Doo Wop Project at The Grand @ The Grand 1894 Opera House
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons, all the way to “DooWopified” versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. Celebrate the holidays with a whole new array of Doo Wop music! Tickets are $25-$85.

Dec
1
Sun
Sunday Hootanany Jam at Galveston Island Brewing @ Galveston Island Brewing
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Every Sunday 1-4pm, join the acoustic jam!

Galveston Island Brewery (GIB) is a local brewery featuring an on-site taproom showcasing classic beer styles from around the world. The tap room is open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 3-9pm, Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday 12 noon-11pm, and Sunday 12 noon-9pm. For more info call (409)740-7000, go to galvestonislandbrewing.com, or you can always stop by the brewery located at 8423 Stewart Rd., Galveston.

Sunday Hootenanny at Galveston Island Brewing @ Galveston Island Brewing
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This jam is a weekly open jam in a family friendly setting. Jam is open for players of all skill levels. Come join us and swap tunes on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, etc.

Since this is an acoustic jam I’d like to keep the instruments non-electrified. If you have a case where you really need to use an amp, i.e. steel guitar, please be aware of your volume level so that it doesn’t overpower the other instruments.

Jam will be led weekly by Kevin Anthony & rotating visiting musicians. Music will be primarily Americana, Bluegrass, country, blues, Tejano, Cajun, folk, but anything is fine, just be sure that you can play your song and let the other players know which key the song is in.

We like to keep things simple so keep songs simple within 3-4 chords at the most. Yes, some songs have more chords, but they should be something that everyone can follow. Anything more than that is a ‘jam buster’ and considered ‘showboating’ and basically nobody cares.

Let’s pass a good time together sharing music! Bring the whole family to enjoy! There’s a playground for the kids and ice cold beverages for the adults!

Dec
6
Fri
Dickens on the Stand Festival, Downtown Galveston @ Downtown Galveston
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

December 6th-8th: Dickens on the Strand – Brush off your bowlers and prepare your petticoats as Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 46th 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. Discounted advance tickets for GHF members are available now for $10 or $12 at the gate. Please call (409)765-3405 for member details.

Holiday Handbell Concerts : Dickens on The Strand @ St. Joseph's Church
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for three special handbell concerts. These Dickens on The Strand traditions sell out annually, be sure to get your reservations in advance as seating is limited in this intimate setting. St. Joseph’s Church is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and was built by German immigrants in 1859. Now de-sanctified and managed by Galveston Historical Foundation, the gothic revival church is distinguished by its elaborately detailed coffered wooden ceiling, delicately painted wooden sanctuary, original pews, and hand-carved altars. GHF preserves the building as a museum and makes it available as an event venue. Tickets are non-refundable.

For 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s (GHF) 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’ work. 

This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. 

This annual festival begins Friday, December 6th with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9pm, and continues with ticketed entry Saturday, December 7th from 10am-9pm, and Sunday, December 8th from 12 noon-6pm.

Tickets purchased before December 2nd are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. 

Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. 

Tickets are available online at dickensonthestrand.org, by calling (409)765-7834 or at all area Randall’s stores beginning mid-November. Attendees in Victorian costumes receive $8 entry.

“There is something about the spirit of Dickens on The Strand that sets the pace for a great holiday season,” states GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones. “It is always fun and enlivening to partake of the festivities and recall the great literary work of Charles Dickens. Come join the street entertainment, food and craft vendors, and traditional drink of old London.”

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. 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.

Three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as GHF welcomes Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, a great-great-great-grandson; Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a great-great-great-granddaughter; and Jane Dickens Monk, a great-great-granddaughter. All descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend.

Holiday Handbell Concerts : Dickens on The Strand @ St. Joseph's Church
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for three special handbell concerts. These Dickens on The Strand traditions sell out annually, be sure to get your reservations in advance as seating is limited in this intimate setting. St. Joseph’s Church is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and was built by German immigrants in 1859. Now de-sanctified and managed by Galveston Historical Foundation, the gothic revival church is distinguished by its elaborately detailed coffered wooden ceiling, delicately painted wooden sanctuary, original pews, and hand-carved altars. GHF preserves the building as a museum and makes it available as an event venue. Tickets are non-refundable.

For 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s (GHF) 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’ work. 

This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. 

This annual festival begins Friday, December 6th with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9pm, and continues with ticketed entry Saturday, December 7th from 10am-9pm, and Sunday, December 8th from 12 noon-6pm.

Tickets purchased before December 2nd are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. 

Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. 

Tickets are available online at dickensonthestrand.org, by calling (409)765-7834 or at all area Randall’s stores beginning mid-November. Attendees in Victorian costumes receive $8 entry.

“There is something about the spirit of Dickens on The Strand that sets the pace for a great holiday season,” states GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones. “It is always fun and enlivening to partake of the festivities and recall the great literary work of Charles Dickens. Come join the street entertainment, food and craft vendors, and traditional drink of old London.”

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. 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.

Three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as GHF welcomes Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, a great-great-great-grandson; Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a great-great-great-granddaughter; and Jane Dickens Monk, a great-great-granddaughter. All descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend.

Saint Arnold’s Strand Walking Tour: Dickens on The Strand @ Downtown Galveston
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Learn about the history of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s signature ales during this tour. You’ll receive three beer tokens good for complimentary beer as you learn about the rich history of The Strand and the people, places, and stories of early Galveston’s incredible history. PLEASE MEET 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF YOUR TOUR AT THE QUEEN’S CHRISTMAS TREE IN HENDLEY GREEN Tickets are non-refundable.

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For 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s (GHF) 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’ work. 

This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. 

This annual festival begins Friday, December 6th with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9pm, and continues with ticketed entry Saturday, December 7th from 10am-9pm, and Sunday, December 8th from 12 noon-6pm.

Tickets purchased before December 2nd are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. 

Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. 

Tickets are available online at dickensonthestrand.org, by calling (409)765-7834 or at all area Randall’s stores beginning mid-November. Attendees in Victorian costumes receive $8 entry.

“There is something about the spirit of Dickens on The Strand that sets the pace for a great holiday season,” states GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones. “It is always fun and enlivening to partake of the festivities and recall the great literary work of Charles Dickens. Come join the street entertainment, food and craft vendors, and traditional drink of old London.”

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. 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.

Three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as GHF welcomes Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, a great-great-great-grandson; Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a great-great-great-granddaughter; and Jane Dickens Monk, a great-great-granddaughter. All descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at The Grand @ The Grand 1894 Opera House
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world since it was first published in 1843 – even before The Grand was built! Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, it’s an enchanting event for the entire family!

Holiday Handbell Concerts : Dickens on The Strand @ St. Joseph's Church
Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for three special handbell concerts. These Dickens on The Strand traditions sell out annually, be sure to get your reservations in advance as seating is limited in this intimate setting. St. Joseph’s Church is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and was built by German immigrants in 1859. Now de-sanctified and managed by Galveston Historical Foundation, the gothic revival church is distinguished by its elaborately detailed coffered wooden ceiling, delicately painted wooden sanctuary, original pews, and hand-carved altars. GHF preserves the building as a museum and makes it available as an event venue. Tickets are non-refundable.

For 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s (GHF) 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’ work. 

This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. 

This annual festival begins Friday, December 6th with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9pm, and continues with ticketed entry Saturday, December 7th from 10am-9pm, and Sunday, December 8th from 12 noon-6pm.

Tickets purchased before December 2nd are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. 

Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. 

Tickets are available online at dickensonthestrand.org, by calling (409)765-7834 or at all area Randall’s stores beginning mid-November. Attendees in Victorian costumes receive $8 entry.

“There is something about the spirit of Dickens on The Strand that sets the pace for a great holiday season,” states GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones. “It is always fun and enlivening to partake of the festivities and recall the great literary work of Charles Dickens. Come join the street entertainment, food and craft vendors, and traditional drink of old London.”

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. 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.

Three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as GHF welcomes Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, a great-great-great-grandson; Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a great-great-great-granddaughter; and Jane Dickens Monk, a great-great-granddaughter. All descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend.

Dec
7
Sat
Breakfast with Dickens : Dickens on The Strand @ Ashton Villa
Dec 7 @ 8:30 am – Dec 8 @ 10:00 am

The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Jane Monk, isn’t just coming to this year’s event to take in the sights and share in her heritage, she’s also there to enjoy a traditional English breakfast with our guest chef! Your RSVP for breakfast includes a keepsake ornament, photos with Father Christmas, and a performance with the Houston Children’s Choir (Saturday, Sunday TBD). Join them as they prepare a one-of-a-kind experience in one of Galveston’s most beloved historic homes, the 1859 Ashton Villa. Jane Dickens Monk will be on hand signing books and you can upgrade your ticket to include a specially signed book ready for pick-up that morning. Reservations are required and include festival admission.

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For 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation’s (GHF) 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’ work. 

This year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. 

This annual festival begins Friday, December 6th with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5-9pm, and continues with ticketed entry Saturday, December 7th from 10am-9pm, and Sunday, December 8th from 12 noon-6pm.

Tickets purchased before December 2nd are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. 

Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. 

Tickets are available online at dickensonthestrand.org, by calling (409)765-7834 or at all area Randall’s stores beginning mid-November. Attendees in Victorian costumes receive $8 entry.

“There is something about the spirit of Dickens on The Strand that sets the pace for a great holiday season,” states GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones. “It is always fun and enlivening to partake of the festivities and recall the great literary work of Charles Dickens. Come join the street entertainment, food and craft vendors, and traditional drink of old London.”

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. 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.

Three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as GHF welcomes Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, a great-great-great-grandson; Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a great-great-great-granddaughter; and Jane Dickens Monk, a great-great-granddaughter. All descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend.

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