Looking for something to do? Try Dickens on the Strand. Galveston’s annual event has started early this year.
Dickens on Strand starts early
— reported by CBS KHOU Channel 11(1)
Responding to a unified chorus of retailers anxious to take advantage of what is typically the biggest shopping weekend of the year, the annual Dickens on The Strand festival will debut in scaled-down form today.
At 5:30 p.m., rain or shine, about 50 area residents in period costume and several horse-drawn carriages will line up in front of the Galveston Historical Foundation’s 1861 Custom House building at 19th and Postoffice streets — including Houston’s Anne Boyd, who portrays Queen Victoria at Dickens each year. The 32nd annual version of the festival will be held Dec. 2-4.
The parade will travel down Mechanic Street and The Strand and cross Harborside Drive to Pier 21, where the annual Galveston Harbor Parade of Lights will begin at approximately 6 p.m.
The public is invited after the boat parade to join the Dickens entourage for a stroll back to The Strand for the 7:30 p.m. lighting of a 20-foot Christmas tree at Saengerfest Park at 23rd Street and Strand. Festive music will be provided by Galveston Sings.
- KHOU CBS Channel 11 requires a registration, free.