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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

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27 Oct


1. Holiday in the Gardens

Walk off those Thanksgiving dinner carbs at Holiday in the Gardens, kicking off November 20, and lasting through January 2, 2022. Enjoy 8 exciting holiday attractions at Moody Gardens daily from 4 pm - 10 pm, including the popular Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail of breathtaking displays.  

 2. Buffet Away at Moody Gardens

During the Festival of Lights, enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Moody Gardens’ very own, The Garden Restaurant. Seating ends at 7 pm; check out the menu! A breakfast buffet is also available at the Frances Moody Ballroom, with seating every 30 minutes from 11 am- 3 pm, and complimentary mimosas or Bloody Marys; view the menu online. Purchase your tickets now! 

3. Downtown Holiday Lasers & Lights

As the season rolls in, spruce up your shopping day and enjoy the strip full of color as landmarks, retail, and Saengerfest Park will all be dressed in festive lights.. Give yourself time to meander through the main districts-  Postoffice Street and the heart of Downtown, The Strand.

4. The Grand 1894 Opera House

Treat yourself to a show during this holiday season at this historic venue. You can look forward to a few shows this November, with greats like Asleep at the Wheel on their 50th Anniversary tour, and the original Blues Brothers with Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty. Plan ahead for the rest of the year with the online calendar


Every holiday season, The Polar Express™ theatrical experience returns to the Galveston Railroad Museum. PJ’s are highly encouraged as you journey to the North pole. Tickets are now on sale

6. Galveston ArtWalk

Downtown Galveston welcomes back the ArtWalk on November 27th. This free event occurs every 6-8 weeks, occurring in existing art spaces, sponsored by local businesses, non-profits, studios, and galleries.

Hotel-shopping? We suggest the Harbor House Hotel & Marina for amazing harbor views located at Pier 21.