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December 2017 Calendar of Events for Galveston

About 10 month(s) ago by Christine Hopkins "GalvTravelGirl"
Holiday Ornament
December on Galveston Island is filled with Santa sightings, music, holiday lights and more.
 
• Ongoing (Thursday – Sunday), Galvez Gives Back $24 Prime Rib Dinner Special at Galvez Bar and Grill
• Ongoing thru Jan. 2, Downtown Lanterns and Lights at Saengerfest Park
• Ongoing thru Jan. 7, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
• Ongoing thru Jan. 7, Ice Land at Moody Gardens
• Dec. 1, First Friday in Postoffice Street District
• Dec. 1-2, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at The Grand 1894 Opera House
• Dec. 1-3, 44th Annual Dickens on The Strand
• Dec. 1, Holiday Handbell Concert at St. Joseph’s Church
• Dec. 2, Cheer on the Pier at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
• Dec. 2, Pipe Organ Extravaganza at Trinity Episcopal Church
• Dec. 3, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez
• Dec. 4, An Evening with Lyle Lovett at The Grand 1894 Opera House
• Dec. 9, Nutcracker Tea at The Grand 1894 Opera House
• Dec. 9, Santa on The Strand
• Dec. 9, Holiday in the Park at Saengerfest Park
• Dec. 9, Cheer on the Pier at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
• Dec. 9-10, City Ballet of Houston presents The Nutcracker at The Grand 1894 Opera House
• Dec. 10, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez
• Dec. 14, Sip and Shop on The Strand
• Dec. 15, The Texas Tenors – Deep in the Heart of Christmas at The Grand 1894 Opera House
• Dec. 15-17, Santa Hustle
• Dec. 15 – 25, Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show at Moody Gardens
• Dec. 16, 2017 Holiday Parade
• Dec. 16, Santa on The Strand
• Dec. 16, Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum
• Dec. 16, Cheer on the Pier at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
• Dec. 16, Jerry Jeff Walker at The Grand 1894 Opera House
• Dec. 17, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez
• Dec. 23, Santa on The Strand
• Dec. 23, Cheer on the Pier at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
• Dec. 24, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez
• Dec. 25, Christmas Day Brunch at Hotel Galvez (Call 409.765.7721 for reservations)
• Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Dinner at Hotel Galvez
Travel Tip: Check the calendar for Kitchen Chick and Clay Cup Studios. You might be able to add a cooking class to your itinerary and an artsy night out.
 
Plan Ahead for January - February
• Jan. 19-20, Galveston Chili Quest and Beer Fest
• Feb. 2-13, Mardi Gras! Galveston
 
Seawall and Downtown Parking Tips
The City of Galveston charges for parking along Seawall Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from 6th to 69th Streets and from 81st to 103rd Streets. Visitors can pay via PayByPhone or at a participating business. The location code is 5004. You will need the location code when using this App. Parking is $1/hour.
The City of Galveston charges for parking in the Central Business District (downtown including The Strand District and Postoffice) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visitors can pay via PayByPhone or at pay stations. The location code is 5689. You will need the location code when using this App. Downtown Parking is $1.50/hour.
 
Galveston Trolley Details:
• Trolley fares are $1 for adults and free for children
• Exact change required; trolley drivers cannot make change
• The trolley operates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
• Stops include seven stops downtown, a ride down 25th Street where riders will transfer to the Seawall Trolley and stops all along the Seawall from Stewart Beach through to Moody Gardens
• For information, visit www.galvestontrolley.com
Tips
Galveston visitors can now take advantage of Uber as well as Get Me.
Discounts:
If you are visiting multiple attractions, visit www.galvestonislandpass.com to receive 40% off 4 or more attractions.
Visitor Information:
The Galveston Chamber of Commerce operates a Visitors Center at 2228 Mechanic (just one block from The Tremont House) or look for the maps posted throughout downtown.
 
Book Your Hotel:
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.
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