Galveston Island once again transforms into 19th century Victorian London this December 1 and 2 for the 39th Annual Dickens on The Strand Festival. This year's event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 7-12 and can be bought online at www.dickensonthestrand.org. Tickets purchased at the gate are $14 for adults and $8 for children. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for ½ price.
Galveston’s Dickens on The Strand, an 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 will 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.
The 2012 Dickens on The Strand also features kid friendly options such as Picadilly Circus, a children's playground with elephant and camel rides and a petting zoo; Artful Dodger Lane, where art students create a chalk London on Galveston’s streets; and a true island rarity, snow, in the snowyard.