One of many Gulf Coast’s most beloved thematic vacation festivals is again on the island. Dickens on The Strand, now in its forty ninth 12 months, returns to Galveston with household enjoyable, dwell leisure, particular occasions, and extra. The three-day occasion runs Friday, December 2 via Sunday, December 4 at varied venues alongside The Strand.
Tickets vary from $10 (youth) to $75 (grownup VIP entry) and may be discovered on-line.
As all the time, guests are inspired to decorate in interval as they greet costumed hosts and characters. For the uninitiated, the occasion sees Galveston’s Strand reworked into Nineteenth-century Victorian England. Meaning avenue performers, stage acts, particular occasions, teatimes, beer excursions, children actions, and extra. (Oh, and Scotch eggs.)
Here is a rundown of some widespread occasions in the course of the weekend:
Friday, December 2, 5 pm-9 pm
Held in Fezziwig’s Beer Corridor between Strand and Mechanic, this free occasion options dwell leisure, hearty ales, and extra and is hosted by the always-popular Dickens City Crier.
Victorian mattress races
Sunday, December 4 pm- 4:30 pm
At all times a crowd favourite, and entries are nonetheless open for 5-person groups. The occasion pits, as described, contestants racing on beds with wheels.
The Dickens Sprint
Sunday, December 4 , 4 pm
Taking part in on the Victorian theme of dressing uncomfortably whereas endeavor strenuous bodily exercise, this Sunday finale is a timed (and costumed) footrace down Mechanic Avenue for particular person heats, in addition to group relays.
Vacation handbell live shows
Friday, December 2, 5:30 pm, 7 pm, and eight:30 pm
A cherished pageant kickoff, the live shows characteristic performers in costume intricately enjoying vacation classics on chiming handbells.
A Dickensian Breakfast
Saturday, December 3, 8:30 am; Sunday, December 4, 11 am
Hosted by Charles Dickens’ great-great-granddaughter Jane Dickens Monk, this ceremonial meal presents breakfast objects widespread throughout Victorian instances, loads of tea, and critical folks watching.
Elevenses on the Pier
Sunday, December 4, 11 am
Dickens descendant and host Polly Olivia Boyd welcomes company to the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA for tea and cookies with a contact of historical past, dwell music on the dock, and extra.
Saint Arnold’s Strand Excursions
Friday, December 3 via Sunday, December 4
Take an ale-fueled tour in costume, rating some themed mugs, and extra spirited enjoyable over three days.