Holiday events in Galveston County will go on this weekend, despite predictions of wet weather in the forecast.
Galveston’s Dickens on The Strand festival and League City’s Holiday in the Park are both scheduled for this weekend. The events are two of the largest annual holiday festivals in the county.
The National Weather Service in League City has predicted a strong upper level storm to move through Southeast Texas starting Friday. The system is expected to bring widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms, along with potentially heavy rain in coastal areas.
A forecast published Thursday morning predicted more than 5 inches of rain for Galveston through Monday.
Will Wright, the director of communications and special events for the Galveston Historical Foundation, said this weekend’s Dickens on The Strand event would not be canceled.
“We will continue as planned,” Wright said. “We’ve been saying we’ve had warm Dickens and cold Dickens and hurricane Dickens. It will not impact our opening and closing.”
Dickens on The Strand is the foundation’s single largest fundraiser. Last year, the festival drew more than 35,000 people to Galveston, the largest crowd in the event’s history.
If necessary, parades on Saturday and Sunday will be rescheduled as weather allows. Some musical acts may also be moved under tents to avoid the rain, Wright said.
Dickens on The Strand begins at 5 p.m. today with a free event at 22nd and The Strand, featuring musical acts. It continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
League City’s Holiday in the Park event begins at 6 p.m. today. Organizer Janice Hallisey said none of the event’s 100 or more vendors had canceled as of Thursday morning.
Holiday in the Park organizers will make a decision on whether to cancel Saturday’s 6 p.m. Grand Night Parade by 3 p.m. on Saturday. The decision on whether the parade is a go will be announced on Facebook.
Other than that, the event will go on as scheduled, Hallisey said.
“We just want to encourage everybody to come out and dress for the weather,” she said.
Holiday in the Park benefits The League City Proud Organization.
Santa Fe’s Candyland Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park was rescheduled from Saturday to Tuesday, Dec. 6 due to the expected bad weather, according to an automated phone call to The Daily News newsroom. The reschedued parade will start at 6:30 p.m.