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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — holiday fun included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week are a performance that blends religions, a Victorian festival on the island, a charming home tour, a street art silent auction for a good cause and a program that lauds the efforts ...


40th Annual Dickens on the Strand: A Christmas Carol

Dickens' beloved A Christmas Carol turned 170 in 2013 and Dickens is the perfect place to showcase it. Held in Saengerfest Park, actors recreate Dickens' masterpiece for the public.


40th Annual Dickens on the Strand: Saint Arnold Strand Walking Tour

Learn about the history of The Strand and enjoy some of Saint Arnold Brewing Company's ales during this new tour. Guests will visit two festival pubs on their way to a special cask tapping at t


40th Annual Dickens on the Strand: Tea with the Queen

Join Queen Victoria as she signs off on the 40th anniversary. Guests will be served traditional tea with scones and sweets and a short lecture on the history of tea.


40th Annual Dickens on the Strand: Salute to Sunset Onboard Tall Ship Elissa

Enjoy heavy appetizers and cocktails as the ending of the day gives way to the second evening of Dickens and Pickwick's Lanternlight Parade.


40th Annual Dickens on the Strand: Dinner With Dickens

Dinner with Dickens welcomes guests to an evening of fine food, Dickens descendants, grand storytelling and royal company as the festival's Queen Victoria makes her annual entrance.


40th Annual Dickens on the Strand

Visitors to Galveston can go on an enchanted journey through history as Dickens on the Strand transforms the island's historic downtown into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens. Characters


Trash Cans Flying

More riot than revelry? Galveston Mardi Gras turns chaotic as police break out the pepper spray

By Tyler Rudick

Galveston Mardi Gras got pretty wild this weekend . . . at least judging from a series of YouTube videos that captured an on-street clash with police involving beads, barricades and pepper spr ...


What the Dickens?

Steampunk on The Strand: Victorian punks and beardos join Galveston's annual holiday festival

By Tyler Rudick

What do airship captains, bagpipers, chimney sweeps, and alpacas have in common? Not much, actually. But for one weekend each December they rule the streets of downtown Galveston during the Di ...


Dickens on The Strand Festival

Galveston Island once again transforms into 19th century Victorian London for the 38th Annual Dickens on The Strand Festival. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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