Dickens on the Strand


Ello’ Mates! All hail, Queen Victoria! Come celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Dickens on the Strand!

Dickens on the Strand is an annual 19th-century London themed festival bringing hundreds of Victorian and Christmas enthusiasts to Galveston Island with activities, dress, food, and festivities in The Historic Strand District. Come pay homage to Charles Dickens and his ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Travel back in time with his stories, while reminiscing old-time London. Drink wassail and stroll down the strand while sampling English inspired foods. Wave to Queen Victoria as she makes her appearance during the festival. Hail a horse carriage ride for your family, and allow the horseman to transport you back to the good ol’ cheery days of Mr. Fezziwig! Stop by Mr. Fezziwig’s Beer Hall for free on Friday, December 2nd from 5-9PM on 22nd and The Strand! (Mr. Fezziwig is Ebenezer Scrooge’s contrast character in Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol.) And then stop by Steampunk Square.


Entrance to the festival is free for 5 & under, $7 for 7-12, and $13 for adults!

Entrance is 1/2 off when wearing a Victorian Costume!

What is Christmas without Charles Dickens and his famous ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future?

Enjoy Dinner with Dickens on December 2nd at 6:30 PM at the Garten Verein for a 19th Century (prepared in this century, of course), dining, storytelling, and for Queen Victoria’s grand annual entrance! (Tickets are $75 per person)

Relive his tales through his decedent, Jane Dickens Monk over a traditional English breakfast on Saturday, December 3rd at 8AM in the 1859 Galveston Historical Home, Ashton Villa! (Tickets are Sold Out)

Family-Friendly events on Family-Friendly budgets

Ring in your attendance of Dickens on the Strand during Holiday Handbell Concerts at 1859 St. Joseph’s Church! Enjoy ringing in the season on December 2nd at 5:30, 7, and 8:30PM. (Tickets are $15 per person!)

Don’t miss out on the SALUTE TO SUNSET ON THE 1877 ELISSA on Sat. Dec. 3 @ 4:30 pm. The Tall Ship ELISSA welcomes you on-board for appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwicks’s Lanternlight Parade. (Tickets are $50 per person)

Throughout the festival, there will be parades and vendors awaiting your arrival! This is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping with Christmas decorations especially at Christmas Shop on the Strand!

Dickens on the Strand meets Ryson Vacation Rentals

During your visit to Dickens on the Strand, include Galveston as part of your trip! Stay in a lavish Galveston Vacation Rental through Ryson Vacation Rentals! Make wonderful memories at any of our Galveston Beach Houses, Galveston East End, or Galveston Beach Condos! We have plenty of warm and cozy homes and condos for you to choose from for your holiday stay! Cherrio!