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A Christmas Festival On Galveston Island,TX

Dickens On The Strand

The 46th annual Dickens on the Strand Christmas Festival returns to Galveston Island, TX on Friday, December 6, 2019 and continues until Sunday, December 8, 2019. It is a three-day street festival which takes place in the Historic Strand District. With most of the Strand area’s architecturally rich buildings now restored, Galveston’s historic downtown provides the perfect backdrop for this internationally acclaimed family holiday event.

The festival is a holiday tradition featuring parades, non-stop entertainment, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers.

Our favorite parades are the Queen’s Parade and the Victorian Bed Race parade. The Queen’s Parade is held both Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Victorian Bed Race parade is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. It’s always a crowd favorite and pits 5-person teams against each other for a footrace down Galveston’s historic streets. We also suggest the Pickwick’s Lanternlight Parade.


Dickens on the Strand was established in 1974. Tourists visit Galveston Island to celebrate this festival and to re-live the era of Charles Dickens. It revolves around the Victorian London of the 19th Century. You honestly feel like your back in time. Besides offering some wonderful entertainment, this festival is also known for the best shopping experiences as well. 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.

The festival is sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Every year, this festival attracts between 5,000 to 20,000 visitors. Approximately 100 to 500 exhibitors participate in the festival.

Details Of The Festival

This year’s festival kicks off Friday, December 6th at 5 p.m. and concludes Sunday, December 8th at 6 p.m. There is a lot of entertainment which people come across during this festival. There are six stages, a lot of jugglers, carolers, musicians who play the best tunes and music, bagpipers and ongoing parades.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday or Sunday. We want to share some good news with you. Your ticket price also includes admission to London Wharf (Pier 21) and the 1877 ELISSA, the Official Tall Ship of Texas. The ELISSA is an authentic Dickens-era artifact.

Friday night admission is free and Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for ½ price.


Dickens on the Strand is one of the most exciting festivals on Galveston Island. The tourists who come to Galveston Island are warmly welcomed. The weekend weather forecast calls for perfect festival weather with temperatures in the mid 60’s with no rain. We encourage to come on down to the island to experience this fantastic festival. We have availability at Galveston Caszatt Condos. Mention this blog post and we’ll discount 15% off the nightly rate. We strive to offer comfortable, competitively priced condos in a casual, coastal themed environment.

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Galveston Island July 4th Fireworks


Nothing says “summer on Galveston Island” better than the 4th of July spectacular fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico.  Don’t miss this wonderful evening with a glittering parade followed by a dazzling fireworks display over the Gulf.

Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:00 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 59th Street and ending at 25th Street.  After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.


Suggested Viewing Spots

The island famous Spot, located at 3204 Seawall Boulevard with open air deck seating is a great place to grab a bite to eat and watch the parade go by and then the awesome fireworks over the Gulf.  Galveston Brick House Tavern & Tap, located at 3502 Seawall Boulevard is another great spot with open air, covered seating to watch all the action. You’ll be able to see the fireworks in front of By The Sea Condominiums at 7310 Seawall Boulevard, but you won’t be able to hear them.  Hearing the bursts go hand in hand with the visual effect.

Free Concert at Hotel Galvez & Spa

The Galveston Community Band and friends have teamed up with the Hotel Galvez to present patriotic music before and during Galveston’s July 4th fireworks show. The band is performing from 8:45 p.m. through the conclusion of the fireworks.  Bring a chair or a blanket and settle down on the lawn of the Historic Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Boulevard for live music and fireworks. This is free to attend and always a fun family time.

Seawall Boulevard Parking

Paid parking areas include the north and south sides of Seawall Boulevard from 6th to 69th Street.  It’s $1.00 per hour or a maximum of $8.00 per day.  Paid parking is enforced from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.  PayByPhone is the only payment method for the Galveston Seawall Boulevard area. The location code for the Galveston Seawall is 5004.

Street Closures 

By 5:30 P.M. on July 4th, City crews will begin closing streets and detouring traffic in the immediate vicinity of the parade route. Vehicular traffic headed eastbound on Seawall Boulevard will be diverted north on 61st Street and westbound traffic will be diverted north on 23rd Street. Temporary “no parking zones” along Seawall Boulevard will also be in place for both the parade and fireworks display.

Friendly Reminders

The Galveston Fire Department reminds the public that fireworks are NOT permitted within the City of Galveston’s city limits. The Galveston Fire Department is urging the public to take every precaution to ensure a safe, fun holiday.

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Galveston Vintage Beach Revue May 18, 2019


Galveston’s vintage past meets present-day fun for the Eleventh Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue. The 2019 Revue takes place Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Beach Central, located at 2102 Seawall Boulevard.  The Revue is free and offers family fun in the sun and includes the Bathing Beauties Contest, the Bands and Bombshells Concerts, and the Hot Rod and Classic Car Show.

The annual Revue showcases vintage-inspired fun, headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest.  The Revue takes place from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Contestants are chosen based on the quality of their vintage or vintage-inspired swimsuit.  2019 contestants are from Texas, Oklahoma, California, New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana, and Colorado.

This is the first year the Galveston Historic Foundation is involved with the Beach Revue.  Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Executive Director, said “This event is a fun and inspirational time to revisit an old island tradition. It celebrates the beach and our tourism industry all with a nod to our fascinating history.”

History of Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest

Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest began in the summer of 1920 and marked the kick-off for tourist season each year.  By 1928, the event had become so popular, the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties Contest ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression.  It was resurrected and renamed The Galveston Island Beach Revue in 2009, in direct response to Hurricane Ike.

Bands & Bombshell Concerts

The 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue isn’t just great competitors and vintage cars. It’s also a stage for great vintage and vintage-inspired music. The music is a crowd pleasure and family fun should be had by all.


  • Swimwear Department 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • The Broken Spokes 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Dandy Wellington & His Band 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hot Rod & Classic Car Show

Hot rods, rat rods, vintage trailers and more line up to take part in the Galveston Island Beach Hot Rod & Classic Car show on Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd. Admission is free for the general public to view the cars and is part of a full day of vintage-inspired programming.

Food & Vintage Vendors

Beach Revue 2019 expands this year with food trucks, novelty options, and the return of our vintage vendor area. Featuring can’t-miss vintage and vintage-inspired items, this specially curated vendor market will be available for shopping from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until the end of the Bathing Beauties Contest.

Traffic and parking will be a challenge, therefore we recommend using the Galveston Island Trolley Bus. Seazatt View Condo and Useazatt View Condo are a short .2 mile walk to the bus stop located at 69th street and Seawall Boulevard.

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