Book a Drive to Galveston for “Dickens on the Strand”
When the weather in Houston is especially warm during this time of year, wouldn’t it be nice if the atmosphere of Christmas was only a drive away? Rather than jetting off to a snowy location, you can drive to the beach next weekend (Dec. 1-3) to get in the holiday mood.
Dickens on The Strand offers less humbug and more huzzah! Galveston Island’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns for a weekend of fun, frivolity and festivities.
19th-century Victorian London
Inspired by the ghost of Dickens past, the annual street festival is decorated like 19th-century Victorian London. The event will feature round-the-clock entertainment on six stages, plus strolling carolers, roving musicians and bagpipers. There will also be parades, jugglers other entertainers and costumed vendors peddling wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday-inspired food and drinks.
Crowd Favorite Events
Dickens on The Strand is also a great shopping event for Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gifts. There are also several special events and contests. The annual Victorian bed race, which will take place Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m., is always a crowd favorite. Five-person teams race down Galveston’s historic streets, with awards going out to the top three teams, as well as an award for the best-decorated bed.
Galveston’s Strand National Historic Landmark District
The event is hosted every year by Galveston’s Strand National Historic Landmark District, which welcomes tens of thousands of guests each holiday season, and the Galveston Historical Foundation makes sure downtown’s historic streets look holiday ready with wreaths, garland, bows and a 30-foot Christmas tree in Hendley Green Park.
Three of Charles Dickens descendants who attend to enjoy the fun
Also, to give a more authentic representation of writer Charles Dickens to the festival named after him are three of his descendants who attend to enjoy the fun. Cousins Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Dickens, and Jane Dickens Monk and Mark Charles Dickens, his great-great-grandchildren, will all attend numerous events throughout the weekend.
In an interview, Lucinda said, “I am so thrilled that all these years on Dickens has such an important place in people’s lives and Christmases. It is wonderful to see how many people turn up every year, and how much trouble so many visitors take over creating their costumes.”
Buy your tickets now! Advance tickets are discounted until Dec. 1, and seats are limited to several of the special events, concerts and tours. The first 2,000 ticket holders age 12 and under will receive a special edition of a Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” thanks to a grant by the Alice Taylor Gray Foundation and limited to the first 2,000 youth entries and will be available at all festival entrances.