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 by way of Sunday, December 4 at varied venues alongside The Strand.
Tickets vary from $10 (youth) to $75 (grownup VIP entry) and might be discovered on-line.
As at all times, guests are inspired to decorate in interval as they greet costumed hosts and characters. For the uninitiated, the occasion sees Galveston’s Strand remodeled into Nineteenth-century Victorian England. Meaning road performers, stage acts, particular occasions, teatimes, beer excursions, children actions, and extra. (Oh, and Scotch eggs.)
Here is a rundown of some fashionable occasions through 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
All the time 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
Enjoying on the Victorian theme of dressing uncomfortably whereas enterprise strenuous bodily exercise, this Sunday finale is a timed (and costumed) footrace down Mechanic Road for particular person heats, in addition to workforce relays.
Vacation handbell concert events
Friday, December 2, 5:30 pm, 7 pm, and eight:30 pm
A cherished pageant kickoff, the concert events 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 affords breakfast objects fashionable 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 friends 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 by way of Sunday, December 4
Take an ale-fueled tour in costume, rating some themed mugs, and extra spirited enjoyable over three days.