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Galveston's December Calendar

About 1 week(s) ago by Christine Hopkins "GalvTravelGirl"
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December begins with the 45th Annual Dickens on The Strand and continues with holiday events across the island. New this year is an expanded Downtown Lanterns & Lights. 

 

•    Ongoing (Thursdays & Sundays), Galveston's Own Farmers Market at The Bryan Museum
•    Ongoing (Fridays & Saturdays), Tremont Jazz Series featuring Trio du Jour at The Tremont House from 6 to 10 p.m.
•    Ongoing (Fridays & Saturdays), Jazz Duo Reg and Cary at Hotel Galvez & Spa from 5 to 10 p.m. 
•    Ongoing - Jan. 2, Downtown Lanterns and Lights
•    Ongoing  - Jan. 6, Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park
•    Ongoing - Jan. 6, Moody Gardens Ice Land: Ice Sculptures
•    Ongoing - Jan. 6, Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
•    Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 45th Annual Dickens on The Strand
•    Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at The Grand 1894 Opera House
•    Dec. 1, Victorian Holiday Homes Tour
•    Dec. 1, Cheer on the Pier with kids activities and holiday movies at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
•    Dec. 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis at The Grand 1984 Opera House
•    Dec. 2, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez 
•    Dec. 8-9, Holiday with the Cranes sponsored by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
•    Dec. 9, All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 at The Grand 1984 Opera House
•    Dec. 9, Santa on the Strand
•    Dec. 9, Santa's Night Out
•    Dec. 9, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez 
•    Dec. 9 Holiday Concert in the Park
•    Dec. 8, Cheer on the Pier with kids activities and holiday movies at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
•    Dec. 5, Ladies Nights on The Strand - shops open late from 5 to 8 p.m. 
•    Dec. 13, Sip N' Shop on The Strand - shops open late from 5 to 8 p.m. 
•    Dec. 13, Holiday Sing-Along at the Toujouse Bar at The Tremont House, 7 to 10 p.m.
•    Dec. 15-16, Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K
•    Dec. 15, Nutcracker Afternoon Tea at The Grand 1894 Opera House
•    Dec. 15, City Ballet of Houston presents The Nutcracker at The Grand 1894 Opera House
•    Dec. 15, Santa Train at Galveston Railroad Museum
•    Dec. 15, Santa on the Strand
•    Dec. 15, Cheer on the Pier with kids activities and holiday movies at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
•    Dec. 16, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez
•    Dec. 20, Holiday Sing-Along at the Toujouse Bar at The Tremont House, 7 to 10 p.m.  
•    Dec. 21 - Jan. 4, Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show at Moody Gardens
•    Dec. 22, Santa on the Strand
•    Dec. 22, Cheer on the Pier with kids activities and holiday movies at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
•    Dec. 23, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at The Grand 1894 Opera House
•    Dec. 23, Sunday Brunch with Santa at Hotel Galvez 
•    Dec. 25, Christmas Day Brunch at Hotel Galvez
•    Dec. 31, New Year's Eve Dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez 
•    Jan. 6, 12th Night Celebration at Moody Mansion

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 2019
•    Jan. 18-19, Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest
•    Feb. 22 - March 5, 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 daily but check their website for current schedule.
•    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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