Galveston — 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. Produced by Galveston Historical Foundation, this year’s festival begins Friday, December 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continues Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets purchased before December 6 are $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 7-12 for Friday and $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets purchased at the gate are $12 for Friday and $14 for Saturday or Sunday. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $6 for Friday and $9 for Saturday or Sunday. Individual tickets, as well as 2-day and 3-day passes, are available online at www.dickensonthestrand.org, by calling, 888-305-7627 or at all area Randall’s stores. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for ½ price.
“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.