A December to Remember on Galveston Island

‘Tis the season for fun and relaxation! With a calendar stuffed full of local Galveston December events PLUS a great vacation rental special to unwrap, there’s no reason to miss celebrating the holidays on Galveston Island this year!

“But wait!” you say.  “It’s the beach!” you say. “Isn’t it too cold?” you question.  While we absolutely live for summer on Galveston Island, we also love the onset of sweater weather (notice we didn’t say parkas 😉 ). If you’re wondering what there is to do on our Winter Wonder Island when it’s too chilly to sunbathe, the answer is: a lot!  Some of our favorite Galveston December events are:

Downtown Lanterns & LightsLanterns and Lights Galveston Lit Arch (through Jan. 1) – Featuring a magical display of lights, an interactive photo frame (#selfie #decembertoremember #familyfun) and a giant snowglobe on designated weekends, Saengerfest Park & the heart of The Strand District in Historic Downtown Galveston are dressed in their holiday best for the season. Be sure to get some holiday shopping done while you’re Downtown!

The Grand 1894 Opera House Holiday Season – This stunning local gem is hosting a fun variety of performances in December. Enjoy the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) or the smooth big band holiday sounds of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (Dec. 2). The kids will love A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage (Dec. 23).

Santa TrainSanta Train with Elves Galveston TX at the Galveston Railroad Museum (Dec. 15) – Santa’s train arrives at noon so get those cameras handy! Protip: the Railroad Museum participates in the Galveston Island Pass, a great way to save up to 40% on local attractions.

Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Indoor Waterpark (through Dec. 30) – Open weekends and select holidays through the end of the year, your whole family will love the special indoor season at Schlitterbahn Galveston! Enjoy the Snow Globe Float, Bahn Borealis Light Show, Surf with Santa & more! Protip #2: Buy your tickets online & save.

Now that we’ve covered some of our favorite things to DO, let’s talk about where there is to STAY (hint: the best holiday island vacations happen at beach houses!):

Galveston Vacation Rental Kitchen and Dining Room at BeachsidePicture it – the relaxing Gulf waves…the sounds of laughter & cheer…and plenty of room in the kitchen for ALL of the family chefs to prepare your their favorite holiday snacks. Dreaming of a house with two living spaces so the kids can work off the out-of-school crazies while the adults catch up on all the family gossip? We have larger vacation homes perfect for appeasing those sugar plums of stress dancing in your head.

Need a low key escape from the holiday insanity? #wegotyou. Pick a cozy vacation home and bring your favorite traditions with you to a quiet beach or bay vacation rental. Whip up some quick & easy seafood recipes in a fully stocked kitchen, or stop by one of the delicious Galveston restaurants the locals love (we’re always happy to recommend a must-eat, just ask!).

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‘Tis the Season for the Holidays on Galveston Island

Gulf View from Amor del MarWell, we’ve made it through Halloween and, even though it was 78 degrees in Galveston today, we are gearing up for the “big” holiday season! Thanksgiving…Hanukkah…Kwanzaa…Christmas….there’s lots of great reasons coming up to gather the family. Here are some of our favorite Galveston Island holiday events:

Start by enjoying your turkey & trimmings at a Galveston Island beach house in November! Find the perfect beach house, then prepare your family favorites OR (here’s our pro-tip) let everyone relax and preorder a full dinner for pick-up at one of our local island eateries. Mosquito Cafe and ShyKatz Deli & Bakery are already taking preorders for full Thanksgiving feasts, and there’s a full list of holiday brunches & buffets to choose from!

Bring the whole family to the holiday tree lighting celebration at the Hotel Galvez  on November 23, at 6:00 p.m. Featuring performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs & dance groups and the Galveston Community Band, this great community event is fun for all ages. FREE

Galveston Lanterns and Lights

Downtown Lanterns & Lights (November 24 – December 31) features light displays, an interactive photo frame, and a giant snow globe! Happening in the heart of the Downtown Historic District, displays will stretch from 20th to 25th streets on The Strand as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. BONUS: you can finish up your holiday shopping in the district’s many boutiques, art galleries and antique shops! FREE

ArtWalk (November 24) encourages you to enjoy a leisurely stroll (work off some of that pie!) throughout downtown spaces while enjoying local & regional art and light refreshments. FREE

Dickens on the Strand GalvestonGalveston Historical Foundation special events, including Dickens on The Strand (November 30 – December 2) and the Full Moon Tour of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace (November 23, 7 p.m.) are local favorites.

For a unique Galveston Island holiday events experience, get your tickets today for Holiday with the Cranes (December 8 – 9), celebrating the return of the island’s wintering Sandhill Cranes. This weekend is fully feathered with a full flight of indoor and outdoor nature activities!

Santa Hustle GalvestonThousands of Jolly old & young St. Nick’s are coming to Galveston for the Santa Hustle 5k & Half Marathon (December 16), benefiting the Galveston County Food Bank. Racers enjoy candy, cookies & Christmas music along the route!

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