Galveston: Dickens on The Strand

Even though it rained all freakin day, Andrew and I still had a great time! We met an older couple and they kept us entertained while we waited for our friends to arrive. Dickens on the Strand is normally a huge event in Galveston but the weather completely ruined it this year! So many vendors traveled from all over the country to participate in the event and were unable to setup their booths because it was so windy and pouring rain! However, we made the best of it! We actually rented our costumes from the local theater so we couldn’t back out because of the weather. Hopefully, next year will be better! 

"The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on five stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. 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 As always, attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for half price!"

"The 43rd anniversary of Dickens on The Strand will be an extraordinary event. Over the years, Dickens has become a cherished part of many families' holiday experience and a way to enjoy a part of our heritage of Southeast Texas. The feeling of Dickens is animated and magical, and simply fun for all," states GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones."

"Dickens on The Stand was born and Galveston Island became a pioneer in preservation. Dickens on The Strand’s original mission was realized, and today The Strand is at the center of a National Historic Landmark District."

"The event so captured the imagination of Galveston’s residents and visitors that it has grown to become one of the most popular festivals in America, and GHF’s single largest fundraising event. The hard work of hundreds of volunteers and support of dozens of sponsors each year produces an event that is enjoyed by all, and allows GHF to continue its efforts to “preserve, revitalize and celebrate the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island.”