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.
This annual event, held Dec. 6-8 this year, features a ton of family programming, live entertainment and special events that will keep you entertained and give your family a cultural activity to take in a few weeks before Christmas.
- Friday, December 6 (5 pm – 9 pm)
- Saturday, December 7 (10 am – 9 pm)
- Sunday, December 8 (12 pm – 6 pm)
This year’s event continues the tradition with crowd-favorite events, including Dickens Victorian Bed Races, Victorian Costume Contest, daily parades through Galveston’s historic Strand District, walking tours, handbell concerts, nonstop entertainment on four stages, jugglers, and so much more.
There are also some new additions to Dickens on the Strand in 2019 including Tiny Tim’s Play Land and Shopkeeper Skills Village.
Dickens On The Strand Tickets: How to Save
Dickens on the Strand tickets are normally priced as follows: $15 for adults, $9 for kids 7-12, Kids 6 and under are free
Want to save on your trip to Dickens on The Strand? There are some opportunities to go for cheap or free.
Friday night admission is free to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall on 22nd Street between Strand and Mechanic. The beer hall will have live entertainment plus, you guessed it, plenty of tasty beers to enjoy responsibly. This year’s Friday entertainment includes The Bilge Pumps, The Rogues, and David Wonders.
Get in for half price by dressing in Victorian costume! If you’re someone who loves to dress up, get in the spirit of the celebration by donning a Victorian costume and get free admission to Dickens on The Strand.
If you’re a Galveston Historical Foundation member, you can get discounted Dickens on The Strand tickets for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate.
If you have a group of 20 or more going to the event, you can get Dickens on The Strand discount tickets at a group rate. You’ll need to contact them at 409-765-3459 for more information.
Another cool deal offered this year is the “Double Dickens Discount.” According to the site, you can “Enjoy a $5 discount per ticket to a performance of Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol at The Grand 1894 Opera House (for either Friday or Saturday’s performance) AND A one-day discounted admission ticket ($10) to Dickens on The Strand.” Click here for more info on this deal.
For more information about the festival, including info on how to get there and where to park, visit their website.