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Welcome to Galveston Island Guide’s Day to Day calendar of fun & cool events and things to do!

 

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Nov
24
Sun
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!

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.

Dec
1
Sun
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
5
Thu
Dickens CHampagne Reception: Dickens on The Strand @ Bishop's Palace
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Join us as we welcome this year’s Dickens descendants Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, and Jane Dickens Monk to the 46th annual Dickens on The Strand! This special meet and greet will be held in the 1892 Bishop’s Palace and is your first opportunity to welcome visiting Dickens descendants, purchase their various books and have them signed. Complimentary champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will also be served. (https://www.facebook.com/events/398308287399850/)

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
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.

Dickens Soiree at Bishop’s Palace: Dickens on The Strand @ Bishop's Palace
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 8 @ 8:30 pm

PRESENTED BY TOM’S GALVESTON REAL ESTATE

Kick-off Dickens on The Strand in grand style at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace!

Featuring 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 breathtaking 1892 Bishop’s Palace, attendees will enjoy live music, a special aerial acrobatics performance, and appearances by special guests. Tickets are non-refundable. (https://www.facebook.com/events/515357512565965/)

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/376572866333672/

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 @ 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1437079779800909/

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.

Dickens on the Stand Festival, Downtown Galveston @ Downtown Galveston
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 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.

Saint Arnold’s Strand Walking Tour: Dickens on The Strand @ Downtown Galveston
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/376572866333672/

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 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 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.

Salute to Sunset Party: Dickens on The Strand @ Texas Seaport Museum & Tours
Dec 7 @ 4:30 pm – Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm

All aboard for this special Dickens evening gathering on the Official Tall Ship of Texas!

Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum transforms to a London wharf for this toast to the end of the day and beginning of the evening. The Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes you onboard for heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwicks’s Lanternlight Parade. Reservations are required. Tickets are non-refundable. (https://www.facebook.com/events/963844700629065/)

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.

Adam & Chris Carroll in Concert at Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

December 7th (8-11pm): Adam & Chris Carroll At The Old Quarter – Want to hear a good story? Listen to any Adam Carroll song. His Texas peers sure have, over and over again, and are quick to heap superlatives on a stoic artist whose compositions provide a solitary glimpse into a verdant imagination. Jon Dee Graham says of Carroll, ‘He may be the best songwriter that Texas ever produced,’ while Robert Earl Keen proclaims, ‘If all were right with the world, Adam Carroll would be the Townes Van Zandt of our age.’ ‘His lyrics are like a good book: They take you somewhere and leave you better than they found you,’ says Terri Hendrix. Slaid Cleaves calls Carroll ‘the quintessential small-town songwriter,’ adding, ‘Travel outside the cities of this country and you’ll recognize the barbecue-joint waitresses, the rice farmers, the karaoke singers, the black-flag pirates and the hi-fi lovers of this land – you’ll meet them all in Adam’s true-to-life songs.’ 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.

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Breakfast with Dickens : Dickens on The Strand @ Ashton Villa
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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.

Dickens on the Stand Festival, Downtown Galveston @ Downtown Galveston
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 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.

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