GALVESTON — Galveston’s summertime temperatures will give way, at least in spirit, the month of July as Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand offers special promotions and events this July in anticipation of its 41st annual festival.

The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th century Victorian London, features parades, nonstop entertainment on five 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.

As part of Galveston’s “Winter Wonder Island” promotion, the world-famous Victorian holiday festival will offer a special $9 ticket through July 31 at

In addition to the discounted tickets, an official casting call will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, on the theater stage of The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

The casting call, a first for the 41st annual festival, will select a slate of official Dickens characters to represent the festival throughout the year at various events, media appearances and promotions. The casting call is open to all with advance registration and is not a paid position.

For registration information, contact Brian Mitchell, 409-765-3431 or


At a glance

Characters available for casting at Dickens on The Strand

  • Charles Dickens
  • Prince Albert
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Ghost of Christmas Future

Actors will be judged on volume, clarity, diction, inflection, confidence, audience engagement accent and overall costumed appearance.

Judges will include representatives of the festival and theater professionals.

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