Dickens On The Squares - December 5-6
For more than 46 years, Galveston Historical
Foundation has hosted Dickens on The Strand in
downtown Galveston to experience the architecture, sights,
and sounds of a Victorian holiday. This year finds the beloved
annual event in a new configuration while addressing the
ongoing impact of COVI D-19.
Held December 5-6 from 10am to 6pm daily, Dickens on The
Squares will offer guests ticketed access to specially crafted
Dickens experiences while adhering to local, state, and federal
guidelines on public gatherings. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10
for youth 6 to 18, and free for children five and under.
Galveston Historical Foundation members will have the
opportunity to purchase tickets before the public sale date.
Guests in Victorian attire will receive a limited-edition
Event Over view and Covid Response To be clear, this is not a Dickens as usual. The annual
festival traditionally welcomes over 35,000 guests to historic
downtown Galveston Island and a mass gathering of that size
is not in GHF’s plan.
This year’s event will take place in five separate locations
(Hendley Green, Old Galveston Square, Saengerfest Park,
Galveston Historic Seaport, and Pier 22) with each featuring
a dedicated entrance and exit, strict capacity limits, mask
requirements for entry and participation, sanitation stations
throughout the grounds, social distancing reminders, and
more from a city-approved COVI D response plan.
Ticketing blocks are available for a 10am to 2pm or 2pm to
6pm timeframes Saturday and Sunday, and tickets will only be
available for purchase online. Guests will be required to wear
masks upon entering and while in the squares, and access to
the locations will be open in two blocks daily.
Visitors who are unable to comply with the plan can be
removed from the event grounds. In addition, GHF will
remain in contact with city and community leaders and
health officials. Should a spike in COVI D-19 cases occur, public
health emergency be issued, a natural disaster occur, or other
factors that could impact the event’s safe production, GHF
will respond accordingly with increased measures or event
Each square will feature entertainment, Dicken’s pubs, and
food options with a specially designed holiday market on Pier
21. The market features numerous craft, food, and holiday
vendors that guests seek out each year. Additionally, the 2020
event will feature a select number of specially ticketed private
events at numerous GHF sites, all following similar safety
More information, including access to ticketing and event
guidelines, is available at www.dickensonthesquares.com.