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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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01 Oct

Six Reasons to Visit Galveston This Thanksgiving

Hotel Galvez Tree Lighting Celebration

Join us on November 29 for the 12th annual City of Galveston Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. Santa himself will be in attendance for the lighting of the 35-foot tree on the front lawn, along with live entertainment from the Galveston Ballet and other community groups.

Downtown Lasers & Lights

From November 22 - December 31, Downtown and Saengerfest Park will be aglow with a spectacular display of lanterns and lights. New this year is a holiday laser light show on weekends (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22) from 6 to 10 p.m. Stroll through a winter wonderland while browsing for holiday gifts at the many art galleries, shops, and boutiques.

A “Grand” Holiday Performance

During the holiday season, treat yourself to a show at The Grand 1894 Opera House. 

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

Be dazzled by this mile-long trail that features millions of lights, lighted tableaux, and an outdoor skating rink. 

Iceland at Moody Gardens

This year’s theme of “Christmas Around the World” features such iconic, ice-carved landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the Egyptian Pyramids!

Make a Holiday Splash

From November 29 - January 5, you can see the Bahn Borealis Light Show and learn to surf with Santa at the area’s only indoor waterpark.

Make your Thanksgiving holiday extra special with a stay at The Tremont House in the historic Strand district, or at Hotel Galvez & Spa for deluxe beachfront accommodations. For breathtaking views of the harbor, check into the Harbor House Hotel & Marina.