Have you experienced the fun of Galveston’s holiday tradition, Dickens on the Strand Festival? I highly recommend it for everyone! The period costumes, parades, children’s activities, costume contest, holiday shopping and musical entertainment (especially the handbells) — all make for a fun weekend.
The 40th annual event this year added Friday night fun:
- December 6 (5 pm – 9 pm)
- December 7 (10 am – 9 pm)
- December 8 (10 am – 6 pm)
Kids will enjoy the Picadilly Circus at 21st and Strand featuring elephant and pony rides plus the Snow Yard, until it melts. Other highlights are the Queen’s Parade, Costume Contest, Pickwick’s Lanternlight Parade, and many handbell performances. Don’t miss the Charles Dickens Museum by the Tremont House Hotel. Check out the Festival highlights online.
Get in for half price by dressing in Victorian costume! Or buy your tickets in advance and save! Get your tickets at Randall’s, Bishop’s Palace, or Eighteen Seventy One or purchase online. Pre-sale adult tickets for Friday are $10 and kids age 7-12 are $6 — with under age 6 free. Saturday and Sunday advance admission is $12 in advance and $6 for kids 7-12. There is a $1 fee per ticket to purchase online. At the gate, Saturday and Sunday tickets are priced at $14 for adults and $8 for kids. The Dickens Festival is located at Harborside Drive between 20th and 25th Streets in Galveston.
photo courtesy Galveston Historical Foundation