Have you experienced the fun of Galveston’s holiday tradition, Dickens on The Strand Festival? We 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 for the whole family.
But this year, Dickens on The Strand is going to be much different than ever before. The popular holiday event will have a totally new format (and name) to address current COVID-19 concerns.
For 2020, Dickens on The Strand will become Dickens on The Squares, and it will take place across five separate locations on December 5-6 from 10 am to 6 pm daily.
Major Changes to Dickens on The Strand for 2020
2020’s newly named ‘Dickens on The Squares’ will take place over two days and will offer guests access to numerous Dickens experiences while adhering to local, state, and federal guidelines for public gatherings.
“This annual holiday tradition is an important community event that gives us the opportunity to welcome the holiday season each year,” said Galveston Historical Foundation’s Executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “Our goal for 2020 is to offer an experience, while modified within current public health guidelines, constructed as a safe and congenial environment to enjoy our traditional festival and special events. We hope that everyone can join us and adhere to safety guidelines while enjoying some of your favorite Dickens vendors and performers.”
So, what kind of changes can you expect for 2020?
- The event will take place across 5 separate locations–2020’s Dickens event will take place at Hendley Green, Old Galveston Square, Saengerfest Park, Galveston Historic Seaport, and Pier 22. Each location will have a dedicated entrance and exit, strict capacity limits, mask requirements, access to hand sanitation stations throughout the grounds, social distancing reminders, and other safety measures in place. Each of the themed Dickens squares will have entertainment, pubs, food options, and more while Pier 21 will have a specially designed holiday market.
- Timed tickets will be used–Ticketing blocks will be available for a 10 am – 2 pm or 2 pm – 6 pm window for both Saturday and Sunday. This will allow the festival to control the number of people attending the event to ensure proper social distancing.
- Tickets must be purchased online–You will not be able to buy tickets at the festival grounds. You have to order your tickets online in advance. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.
Dickens On The Strand Tickets Info
Dickens on the Strand/Squares tickets will be priced as follows: $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-18, Kids 5 and under are free
Due to the festival’s special format this year, there won’t be many opportunities to save on tickets like you could in the past. For example, instead of getting half price tickets by showing up to the festival in Victorian costume, guests in costume will instead get a commemorative Dickens keepsake.
For more information about the festival, including info on how to get there and where to park, visit their website.