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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
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Mary Beth Bassett
Director of Public Relations
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121

Dickens on The Strand: World-Famous Victorian Holiday Festival to Take Place in Galveston This Weekend with Descendants of Charles Dickens

Festival Transforms Historic Downtown Galveston into Victorian London of Charles Dickens

GALVESTON, TEXAS (November  27, 2017) – The world-famous Dickens on The Strand festival will bring holiday charm to Galveston this weekend, transforming the island’s historic Strand into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens.
The popular street festival kicks off on Friday and will continue through Sunday with a full lineup of special events, parades, live entertainment and special appearances from descendants of Charles Dickens.
Visitors to Dickens on The Strand can experience an enchanted journey back in time to 19th century London as characters from Dickens novels walk the streets and 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 gifts. Strolling carolers and roving musicians will fill the area with enchanting sounds from another era.
The festival, put on by Galveston Historical Foundation, features a new special kick-off event on Friday, Dec. 1: A Dickens Soiree will take place at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. The event will feature live music from Houston’s Two Star Symphony, a special acrobatics presentation by Cirque la Vie and a reading by Mark Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens. Also new is a Dickens costume contest set for Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and a free Saturday night showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. at Saengerfest Park.
Dickens on The Strand Schedule
Friday, December 1, 2017 5 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 12 - 6 p.m.
Tickets purchased before December 1 are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth for Saturday or Sunday. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 in advance and $12 at the gate for Saturday or Sunday. Attendees in Victorian costume will receive half-price admission.  For details, visit
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