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Dickens on the Strand - Fri 5pm-9pm / Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 10am-6pm
Date: 12/06/2013

Galveston Historical District
The Strand
Galveston, TX 77550

With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, the 40th anniversary of Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to Galveston Island December 6-8 with an additional day and a host of new events and activities. Tickets are on sale now, area Randalls stores*, Bishop’s Palace at 1402 Broadway and Eighteen Seventy One at 2217 The Strand. As always, attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for ½ price!

*Note: Tickets at Randalls go on sale to the public beginning 10/26.

“The 40th 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. “We look forward to making 2013 an exceptional experience with Dickens characters, Queen Victoria and her royal entourage, and visitors from the Dickens’ Museum in London. You will not want to miss the celebration.”

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.

Two descendants of Charles Dickens himself will once again grace the festival as GHF welcomes Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter of Dickens, and Jane Monk, great-great-granddaughter. Both women will be at numerous events throughout the weekend starting with Dinner with Dickens.

"I'm really looking forward to my return to Galveston and am thrilled to have been asked to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dickens on The Strand,” says Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. “It's going to be even better this year as it is starting a day earlier than normal and there are some great new ideas. Galveston is such a pretty and historic place to hold a festival that it lends itself perfectly to the very special atmosphere that makes up Dickens on the Strand."