Jim and I love living on Galveston Island! It is such a unique place. The history is one part wild west, one part port city. In the 1800s we use to be one to biggest ports in the country. Called the ‘Wall Street’ of the South. We were a major gateway for immigration. Now days, we are a university city(UTMB). We are still a port city.
Here is a little history of it:
By the early 1970s, historic downtown Galveston had fallen into such a state of decay and dis-repair that it was on the verge of being totally lost! The shadow of the wrecking ball loomed over those grand 19th-Century buildings! The Galveston Historical Foundation began looking for a way to save the heart and soul of the City. In December 1974, they decided to try hosting an “Old English Christmas and Hanukkah Party”, on The Strand, as a one night celebration of the historic business district, and to raise funds for its preservation.
The next year, the event became “Dickens’ Evening on The Strand”. In 1983, the festival was expanded to a two-day event, and by 1984 it was officially re-named “Dickens on The Strand”. The festival is always held during the first full weekend in December.
For more Dickens on the Strand History.
And here is what you will get if you come and join us!
With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to Galveston Island December 4-6. 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 The Happenings!
And if you want to see what it looks like, here is the Strand Webcam!
The Festival is today and tomorrow. We will be going a little later today!
Even if you can’t make it this year, as Scarlett O’Hara would say “Next Year is another year!” Jim is already planning his costume for then.