Galveston Historical Foundation

Tickets & Special Events

For more than 48 years, Galveston Historical Foundation has hosted Dickens on The Strand in downtown Galveston to experience the architecture, sights, and sounds of a Victorian holiday.

PLEASE NOTE: GHF Members receive advance ticketing opportunities as part of our GalvestonHistory+ platform. General public tickets will go on sale on Thursday, September 1 at 8 a.m. Ready for advance access? Join GHF today for your member access!


Brush off your bowlers and prepare your petticoats as Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 48th annual Dickens on The Strand. Held the first weekend in December, the annual festival is a holiday tradition with great family programming, live entertainment, special events, and more.

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land, Shopkeeper Skills Village, and roaming characters throughout the festival. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.

Friday, December 2 | 5-9 p.m. (FEZZIWIG’S FRIDAY – FREE ADMISSION)
Saturday, December 3 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (PAID ADMISSION)
Sunday, December 4 | 12 – 6 p.m. (PAID ADMISSION)


Dickens on The Strand tickets for groups

Dickens is the perfect location for company outings or even getting friends old and new together for a unique afternoon. From great entertainment to amazing food and shopping, it’s the perfect location for your fun. We’re happy to extend group ticket rates for your function or gathering at this year’s event. Have a group of 20 or more? Contact us at 409-765-3432 for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Dickens on The Strand tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit. Pets and ice chests are not allowed. Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways, and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props will have them secured by on-site security and will be asked to go through additional screening.

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