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Galveston Holiday Events

This holiday season Galveston offers 50 straight days of holiday events as the island transforms into the "Winter Wonder Island" of Texas. Dress for the arctic and tour Moody Gardens' Ice Land featuring Ice Sculptures carved from 2 million pounds of ice, run a half marathon dressed as Santa, sport your best Victorian or Steampunk garb for Dickens on The Strand or catch a holiday show at The Grand 1894 Opera House. Book a holiday package and plan your visit around these upcoming events.

Exciting Events

  • Holiday Half Marathon - Nov. 22

    Runners can celebrate the holidays with this certified half marathon course starting at Moody Gardens with a double run through the complex and surrounding area. Location: Moody Gardens
  • Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez & Spa - Nov. 27

    Performances from The Nutcracker, a hand bell choir, children's choirs and old-fashioned Christmas carolers will entertain guests at this year's Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The holiday celebration begins at 6 p.m. with lighting of the hotel's 35-foot Christmas Tree.
    Location: Hotel Galvez & Spa
  • Dickens on The Strand - Dec. 4 - 6

    Imagine the Victorian London of Charles Dickens transported into Galveston's historic Strand District. This Victorian-themed holiday festival offers family entertainment, holiday food and drink, crafts, holiday décor and other gift items.
    Location: The Strand National Historic Landmark District
  • Santa Train at Galveston Island Railroad Museum - Dec. 12

    Children will have the opportunity to take a train ride with Santa Claus.
    Location: Galveston Railroad Museum
  • Holiday Magic in the Park - Dec. 12-13

    Galveston's historic downtown will sparkle with fun as Saengerfest Park is transformed into a holiday spectacle. Visitors to downtown will be able to enjoy holiday music, visits with Santa and more.
    Location: Saengerfest Park, 23rd & Strand
  • Sunday Brunch with Santa - Dec. 6, 13, 20

    Bring the family to Hotel Galvez' Top Rated Sunday Brunch. Enjoy amazing food and a visit with Santa Claus. Advance reservations recommended and available via Open Table.
    Location: Hotel Galvez & Spa
  • Santa on The Strand - Dec. 12 & 19

    Santa Claus will make a special appearance at Saengerfest Park to visit with children and take photos.
    Location: Saengerfest Park, 23rd & Strand
  • Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K - Dec. 20

    An estimated 4,000 "Santas" will race in the Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K donning their Santa beards and shirts.
  • Christmas Day Brunch at Hotel Galvez - Dec 25

    Christmas Day Brunch at Hotel Galvez is a popular family tradition for both locals and visitors to the island. Christmas Day Brunch features all traditional holiday favorites along with some specialty items created by the executive chef and his culinary team. Imagine a room filled with desserts. Advance reservations are requires and only available by calling the hotel directly at 409-765-7721.
    Location: Hotel Galvez & Spa

Things To Do

  • Holiday "Ice Land" Exhibit and Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd. - Nov 14 - Jan 10 (open daily)

    The new "Ice Land" exhibit will feature 20 large ice sculptures in a 25,000 sq. ft. structure while Moody Gardens Festival of Lights features a mile-long trail of holiday lights, ice skating and snow tubing on the Arctic Ice Slide.
  • Holiday Magic at House Museums - Nov. 27 - Jan 6 (open daily)

    The 1892 Bishop's Palace, 1402 Broadway, and 1895 Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, will be adorned with holiday décor and are open for tours. Moody Mansion will celebrate Twelfth Night on Jan. 6
  • The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street - Nov. 27 - Jan 6 (open Friday through Monday)

    The Bryan Museum houses the largest collection of its kind in the world with 70,000 items, spanning 12,000 years. The collection includes items ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to 21st century pieces - rare German, French, Spanish and English documents, exquisite saddles, spurs, antique firearms, exceptionally rare maps and books, fine art, religious and folk art, portraits, and documents.
  • The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post office

    Holiday shows at The Grand 1894 Opera House include An Olde English Christmas with Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on Nov. 28; Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on Dec. 4; Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical on Dec. 19; Tony Bennett on Dec. 20; Merry Christmas Y'all Ray Benson and Asleep at The Wheel on Dec. 22 and Jerry Jeff Walker on Jan. 2.

Local Deals

Holiday Getaway Package: Throughout the holiday season, Hotel Galvez is featuring a Galveston Holiday Getaway Package, available from Nov. 14 through Dec. 30, 2015. The package includes a $50 food and beverage credit, valet parking and shuttle to The Strand for shopping. Weekday rates from $189/night and weekend rates from $249/night. Book now.
Winter Wonder Island: Buy 2 Get 20% at Hotel Galvez & Spa
Book two consecutive nights (Sun-Thu) at Hotel Galvez and save 20% this holiday season. Book now.
Holiday Magic: Stay 3 Nights Save 30% at The Tremont House
Stay in the heart of The Strand Historic District and save 30% when booking three consecutive nights (Sun-Thu). Book now.
Holiday Magic: Book 2 Nights Get 20% at The Tremont House
Looking for a quick holiday getaway? Book two consecutive nights and save 20% (Sun-Thu). Book now.