Each year the Galveston Historical Foundation hosts its annual Victorian-themed holiday event, Dickens on The Strand, which takes us back into 19th century Victorian London in all its splendor and revelry.

This year’s 43rd annual event will be no different with all the usual pageantry, costumes and the like, but new this year will be the “Grand Strand Soiree” set to make its Dickens debut at 6:30 p.m. today at the Garten Verein at Kempner Park, 2704 Ave. O, in Galveston.

Tickets to this special event are $75 per person and will include specialty acts, award-winning performances and food and drinks that will feature a special cocktail pulled from the pages of Cedric Dickens’, the great-grandson of Charles Dickens, “Drinking with Dickens,” book.

“The best way to describe the soiree is that it’s a Victorian extravaganza,” said Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. “Food, music, entertainment and a great time for all as we kick off Dickens 2016. We expect this evening event to take a permanent place in GHF’s holiday lineup.”

Guests will get to hear live music by Two Star Symphony, a Houston-based instrumental musical ensemble that has created original works with or under commission for the likes of the American Ballet Theatre Studio Co., Rice University and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, just to name a few.

Also making an appearance will be Lucinda Hawksley, who just happens to be the great-great-great-granddaughter of Dickens. Hawksley is an award-winning author, art historian and travel writer. Three-time James Beard award-winning author, Robb Walsh, and cocktail historian, Elizabeth Pearce, also will be on hand to lend their expertise on all things Dickens tonight as well.

Rounding out the entertainment will be a special aerial acrobatics performance by the contemporary circus troupe Cirque La Vie, who got a chance to perform on America’s Got Talent and can be seen in the film premiere of “Without a Net.”

“Each year our Dickens on The Strand festival welcomes tens of thousands of guests to Galveston’s historic downtown,” Director of Communications and Special Events, Will Wright, said. “It’s an incredible way to not only enjoy the spirit of the holiday season, but also to interact with Galveston’s deep history through the buildings of The Strand National Historic Landmark District. We look forward to this every year.”

For more information, tickets and a complete itinerary of Dickens events, visit www.galvestonhistory.org, or contact Wright, will.wright@galvestonhistory.org or 409-765-3404.

Contact Community News Editor Angela Wilson, angela.wilson@galvnews.com or 409-683-5239.

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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