While Galveston Island is always a great choice for a family escape, Thanksgiving weekend offers plenty of options for creating new family traditions.
Here’s our Seven Reasons to Visit Galveston This Thanksgiving:
1. Hotel Galvez & Spa’s Famous Thanksgiving Day Brunch - Getting away for Thanksgiving doesn’t mean that you have to skip all your favorite holiday foods. Hotel Galvez & Spa is currently taking reservations for its renowned Brunch and it’s critical that you reserve your spot for this amazing holiday brunch in advance Hotel Galvez offers a Thanksgiving Day Brunch with seating beginning at 10:30 and ending at 3:30 p.m. If your preferred time is booked then make a reservation for Thanksgiving Dinner with seating from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Both are $59.99 for adults, $55.99 for seniors and $35.99 for children (6-11). Both offer an amazing menu and you will leave stuffed. Call (409) 765-7721.
2. Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez – After you’ve stuffed yourself silly on Thanksgiving, celebrate the holiday season on Friday with the Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez. The event begins at 6 p.m. Enjoy the official tree lighting for Galveston followed by live performances by local choirs as well as the Galveston Ballet along with special appearance by Santa Claus. Free. Remember to hashtag your photos #GalvezLighting
3. NEW Downtown Lanterns and Lights – Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand, is set to be illuminated with a magical display of Christmas trees and artisan made pieces Nov. 25-26. As an added bonus on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can pose for family photos in an interactive photo frame and giant snow globe. Now, this will definitely be Instagram worthy.
4. Hendley Green Holiday Kickoff and Tree Lighting – On Saturday Hendley Green, located at 2028 Strand, hosts its second annual tree lighting at this downtown park. Enjoy craft beer from 2 to 6 p.m.; a visit from Santa and his sleigh from 4 to 5 p.m., family friendly games throughout the afternoon and a special tree lighting of the Queen’s Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. Free.
5. ArtWalk – This ArtWalk is Galveston’s biggest and most popular ArtWalk of the year. Browse through Galveston’s art galleries and “other walls” including The Tremont House from 6 to 9 p.m. Free.
6. Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday – This holiday attraction is definitely something to add to your weekend itinerary. Festival of Lights takes you through more than a million holiday lights while Ice Land provides an undersea journey made of two million pounds of ice. Yes, ice!
7. Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular – Everyone loves a Christmas show and you don’t have to travel to New York to see one… You’ll have three chances to see Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular at The Grand 1894 Opera House. The show is scheduled Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Imagine glittering costumes and high kicking chorus girls dancing to your favorite holiday songs.
Where to Stay:
Hotel Galvez & Spa - Make Hotel Galvez & Spa your choice for Thanksgiving with a “Turkey Day Getaway.” Enjoy historic accommodations for one night at Hotel Galvez, Thanksgiving Brunch for two, complimentary valet and courtesy shuttle to Historic Strand District (or take the trolley). Plus, you always have the option to extend your stay.
The Tremont House - Tis the season for giving back and with your support, The Tremont House is donating $5 from every night’s stay directly to Save the Children as part of our You Stay, We Give package. Bonus, The Tremont House puts you in the heart of holiday shopping in the Historic Strand District.