Every year, Dickens on The Strand hosts a number of separately ticketed special events that offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy lectures, meals, book signings, receptions, tours and musical performances in some of Galveston’s most significant historic buildings. Although some sessions already have sold out, tickets are still available to all this year's Dickens special events.
Galveston’s Dickens on The Strand, set this year for December 4 and 5, is an annual holiday street festival filled with costumes, music, food and wares based on 19th-century Victorian London. The Dickens festival is always held the first weekend in December in a 10-square-block area of Galveston’s historic downtown. For the 37th annual event, festival gates will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Guests who wear Victorian costumes receive half-price admission at the gate. Tickets to the festival and all related special events are available online at www.galvestonhistory.org. Festival Tickets are also available at all area Kroger food stores.
DICKENS SEPARATELY TICKED SPECIAL EVENTS
DICKENS CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
At the new Menard Hall, 33rd Street and Avenue O. Thursday, December 2, 6 to 8 p.m. $30. Lucinda Dickens Hawksley will lecture on the life of Charles Dickens.
HOLIDAY HAND BELL CONCERTS
St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Avenue K, Friday, December 3, 5:30 (sold out), 7, 8:30 p.m., $8.
DINNER WITH DICKENS
Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway, Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m.(sold out), Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m., $65. Traditional English dinner. Author Lucinda Dickens Hawksley will speak on the impact of “A Christmas Carol.” Books available for sale and signing.
DICKENS COUNTRY BREAKFASTS
Garten Verein Pavilion, 2704 Avenue O, Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, 9 a.m., $25. Abundant buffet with guest Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. Books available for sale and signing.
BISHOP’S PALACE, BOTTOM TO TOP
Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, Saturday, December 4, 5 to 9 p.m., $30. Tour Galveston’s most important architectural treasure from bottom to top. View areas not normally open to the public. Sweets and champagne served.
CHRISTMAS AT THE OAKS
Saturday, December 4, 6 to 9 p.m., $15. Celebrate a Christmas open house at Galveston’s oldest residence. Candlelight tours of Menard House, entertainment and refreshments at the new Menard Hall, 33rd and Avenue O.
ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR
Strand-Mechanic National Historic District, Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, 9 a.m., $5 with a festival ticket. Learn about the people, disasters and businesses that shaped the Wall Street of the Southwest.