Galveston Island, Texas– Even as Galveston’s world-famous Victorian holiday festival turns 41, the 2014 Dickens on The Strand continues to offer exciting new events and experiences for first timers and returning guests alike. Fridaynight’s festival kickoff introduces new events as well as new takes on classic experiences.
Fezziwig’s Beer Hall
Free Admission! For those looking for a sneak peak at this year’s festival, the newly expanded Fezziwig’s Beer Hall might be the perfect Friday night destination. Free to the public and held on 22nd Street between Strand and Mechanic, Fezziwigs will feature live entertainment, raffle prizes, hearty ales from Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company and a specialty cocktail featured in Cedric Dickens’ “Drinking With Dickens” book, all hosted by Dickens descendant Jane Dickens Monk. Mr. Fezziwig was everything that Ebenezer wasn’t and this is sure to be a fun and lively start to the weekend’s activities. It will also be your first opportunity to purchase a limited edition Fezziwig pint glass. For those interested in learning more about the Strand National Historic Landmark District, a special St. Arnold’s Architectural Walking Tour will be available at 7 p.m. for $25.
Dinner With Dickens
It’s a renewed take on a Dickens classic as the annual dinner returns to the breathtaking German dancing pavilion. Held for one night only, Dinner with Dickens will treat guests to an evening of specially crafted food, grand storytelling and royal company as the festival’s Queen Victoria makes her annual entrance. Returning to the breathtaking 1880 Garten Verein, it’s a holiday dinner not to be missed! Tickets are $80 per person and reservations are required. The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors 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.
For more information on Dickens on The Strand, Galveston Historical Foundation, or to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.galvestonhistory.org or call 409-765-7834. For more festival information, please contact Will Wright, Director of Communications and Special Events at 409-765-3404 or will.wright@galvestonhistory.