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Spend a magic day and night in historic Galveston at the Dickens of the Strand.

Victorian lady at the opera
Victorian lady at the opera
Isabelle Pallanca

Each year, Galveston honors its historical heritage with the Dickens on the Strand Festival. in 2009, it will take place on December 5th and 6th.

This "block" party from the seventies has grown into a "state top 10" festival according to the magazine Texas Highways. While the Texas Renaissance Festival can sometimes become the excuse to wear any and all type of costume for the occasion, the Galveston festival is really focused on a specific time period, and that protects its identity. My favorite in the Civil war camp. Make sure you stay warm, it can get a little windy that close to the water.

Entertainment includes parade, races, classes, special events. Food and drinks are also available.

The entrance fee is $12 at the gate, or $9 at Kroger stores before December 4th. Groups can negotiate the fees down to $8 per person.