Dickens on The Strand 2019

Holiday Handbell Concerts

1859 St. Joseph's Church | 2202 Avenue K, Galveston, TX, USA (Directions)Phone: (409)765-7834 | Tickets


Dec 06 2019



Known for its exceptional acoustics, the breathtaking 1859 St. Joseph’s Church opens its doors for three special handbell concerts. These Dickens on The Strand traditions sell out annually, be sure to get your reservations in advance as seating is limited in this intimate setting.

St. Joseph’s Church is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and was built by German immigrants in 1859. Now de-sanctified and managed by Galveston Historical Foundation, the gothic revival church is distinguished by its elaborately detailed coffered wooden ceiling, delicately painted wooden sanctuary, original pews, and hand-carved altars. GHF preserves the building as a museum and makes it available as an event venue.

Tickets are non-refundable.

About Dickens on The Strand
For almost half a century, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand festival has highlighted downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture while providing a one-of-a-kind holiday destination filled with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ work. This year’s event, held December 6-8, 2019, continues that tradition with parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple 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.

This year’s festival begins Friday, December 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (FREE ADMISSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT!) and continues Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from 12 to 6 p.m. Tickets purchased before December 2 are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday or Sunday. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday or Sunday. Discounted tickets for GHF members are available for $10 for Saturday or Sunday in advance and $12 the day of. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for 1/2 price.

About the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church
The oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston, St. Joseph’s was built by German immigrants in 1859-60. Bishop John Odin, the first Catholic bishop of Texas, recommended a church be built for the German-speaking Catholics of the growing city. The church was dedicated in April 1860, to St. Joseph, the patron saint of laborers.

Hourly Schedule

Holiday Handbell Concert Showtimes

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Holiday Handbell Concert
7pm - 8pm
Holiday Handbell Concert
8:30pm - 9:30pm
Holiday Handbell Concert
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