Dickens on the Strand

Dickens on the Strand- Why You Should Attend

Looking for something new and different to do on Galveston Island? Why not attend Dickens on the Strand? It’s a mixed celebration of Halloween and a 19th century Victorian holiday street festival. Activities include:

  • Parades
  • Non-stop entertainment from six different stages
  • Musicians
  • Bagpipers
  • Jugglers
  • Food and Drink

Today we will discuss what events take place during Dickens on the Strand and why you and your family should attend!


Dickens on the Strand began 40 years ago with one goal: to save the Strand’s historic buildings from being demolished. This mission started to give native Galvestonians and tourists an understanding to how important these historical structures actually were. Since then, Dickens became a pioneer historical event that is here to stay. Now due to all of the hard work people put in to saving the Strand, it now sits in peace as an Historical Landmark that is protected from possible demolishment. This event captured the hearts of residents and tourists of Galveston and now it is one of the most popular festivals in the US.

What to Wear

If you’re coming to Dickens on the Strand, you must dress the part as a Victorian!

Many ladies wore a har or bonnet of some kind, usually trimmed with feathers or flowers on top. You can easily create on yourself with an old hat and some straw. When indoors, the women wore tiny lace caps which can easily be made with lace handkerchiefs.  These caps are usually topped off with some small ribbons and a flower. Victorian dresses are designed with a very high neckline, usually with a collar and ¾ quartered sleeves. Plaid and stripes were very popular on Victorian Dresses, but small prints and solid colors will suffice. Working class women usually wore plain dresses with narrow sleeves and a usually darker material.

Men usually wore hats outside as well, usually battered topped or lower crowned. A sportier attire of Victorian fashion would include tweed skimmers. Many men also wore a plain polo shirt with the color up to give them a more of a Victorian look. Working men usually wore a collarless shirt with the sleeves rolled up. A wool waistcoat with stripes or plaid is another great addition to a man’s costume. An average man would wear tapered black pants, while a working man would usually wear a pair of wool or corduroy pants.

Event Information

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

2100 Strand Downtown Galveston, TX 77550

To keep the tradition of saving the Strand’s historical buildings preserved, order your tickets today by clicking here!