Step Back in Time at Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand Festival

Step Back in Time at Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand Festival.  The 50th annual enchanting festival is set to grace Galveston Island, Texas, from Friday, December 1, 2023, to Sunday, December 3, 2023, transporting attendees to the magical world of Charles Dickens.  

Admission is FREE during the first night of the festival.  Additionally, participants donning Victorian attire can purchase their tickets at half price directly at the gate.

This annual holiday extravaganza meticulously recreates the essence of Victorian London during the 19th century, immersing visitors in a nostalgic journey through time.

As you stroll through the festival, the air resonates with the spirit of Dickensian charm. The crafted atmosphere captures the intricacies of 19th-century Victorian London, allowing participants to authentically experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of that bygone era.

Dickens on the Strand boasts a vibrant array of activities, including parades that wind through the historic streets. The festival is alive with non-stop entertainment, featuring strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a diverse ensemble of entertainers and costumed revelers, all contributing to the festive ambiance.

Street stalls and rolling carts, manned by costumed vendors, offer an array of holiday delights and Victorian-inspired crafts, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the immersive experience.

The three-day celebration unfolds in the downtown Historic Strand District, a setting that perfectly complements the event’s time-traveling theme.

Presented by The Galveston Historic Foundation, Dickens on The Strand not only celebrates the holiday season but also showcases the architectural splendor of downtown Galveston’s Victorian era. The festival has earned international acclaim as a family-friendly holiday destination that encapsulates the timeless allure of Charles Dickens’s literary masterpieces.

No Dickensian celebration would be complete without a touch of royalty. Attendees at Dickens on The Strand can anticipate the regal presence of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, accompanied by their court, making regular appearances throughout the festival. 

Keep a keen eye out during parades and amidst the festival’s bustling streets for an opportunity to interact with the Crown. Other esteemed guests include the beloved Father Christmas and the Official Town Crier, contributing to the festival’s rich tapestry of characters and experiences.

Purchase tickets & details for Dickens on the Strand

Attendees in Victorian costumes may purchase their 1/2 price tickets at the gate

Friday, December 1 | 5-9 p.m. FEZZIWIG’S FRIDAY – FREE Admission
Saturday, December 2 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Paid admission

Sunday, December 3 | 12 – 6 p.m. Paid admission

Adults $25 / Youth: $18 / 6 & under FREE


Do you need lodging for Dickens on the Strand?  Look no further than Galveston Caszatt Condos.  

Galveston Seazatt View Condo and Galveston Useazatt View Condo are oceanfront Airbnb condo rentals located at the popular By The Sea Condominiums on Seawall Boulevard.  

Both condos provide a Gulf front view from their spacious balconies and direct access to Babe’s Beach. Picture yourself enjoying your favorite coffee on the balcony, taking in a breathtaking sunrise, and then getting ready for a day at Dickens on the Strand. 

After a delightful time at the festival, return to the condo and relax, where you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the Gulf of Mexico.

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