We made our list and checked it twice and found out that all of our guests are definitely nice! Come celebrate the holiday season with us on Galveston Island and get a FREE* night in one of our vacation homes!
A beach break is the perfect gift when the forecast for this winter weekend looks like this… guess we’ll be wearing flip flops with our ugly Christmas sweaters – or t-shirts. 😉
Wondering what there is to do in the off season? The surf’s been up, so beachcombing has been particularly excellent lately. The shops along The Strand are decked out in their finest garland and tinsel and have a unique selection of gifts, and you can’t beat a dinner out at one of our local restaurants after a long day of shopping or strolling the beach. Plus, there’s a great selection of holiday activities!
*Valid for new stays only. Stays must be completed by January 2, 2018. Minimum 3 paid nights. Not valid with other promotional offers. Not all properties are eligible for this promotion.
Galveston Island for the holidays? We couldn’t agree more! From the City of Galveston Holiday Parade (Dec. 16th) to the Santa Hustle 5k (Dec. 17th), there’s a lot going on here on the island – not to mention the abundance of unique shops that are sure to have the perfect gift for hard-buy-for-Uncle-Phil!
ICE LAND at Moody Gardens (our hands down favorite local holiday attraction) returned for its fourth year, and we think the Rainforest Holiday theme might be the best yet! Over 2 million pounds of ice were used by a skilled team of master ice carvers – resulting in an interactive 28,000 square foot ice sculpture complete with an ice slide!
New this year is Downtown Lanterns & Lights at Saengerfest Park in the heart of Galveston’s Historic District. This unique display is the perfect place for holiday pictures, and is a great place to stop and take a break from holiday shopping (T-minus 10 days people!). As if these festive light sculptures aren’t enough – there’s a giant snowglobe for visitors to step into on December 16 & 23. We…ahem…our KIDS think this is awesome!
Still working on your list and checking it twice? Don’t worry, the shops in Downtown Galveston are bound to have that unique gift you’re looking for! Browse an abundant selection of art galleries or check out to specialty shops like Strand Brass, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Eighteen Seventy One or The Kitchen Chick for the perfect present!
Huzzah! Dickens on The Strand is parading through this weekend, December 1 – 3, 2017!
Friday night’s FREE kick-off festival takes place from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fezziwig’s Beer Hall features live entertainment, hearty ales and a specialty drink. According to the Galveston Historical Foundation, “Mr. Fezziwig was everything that Ebenezer wasn’t and this is sure to be a fun and lively start to the weekend’s activities.” – Count us in!
Saturday & Sunday bring costume contests, delicious food from period-themed vendors, a screening of the Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Victorian Bed Races, The Queen’s Parade and a variety of live performances by local and regional artists and performers.
For the kiddos – don’t miss Oliver’s Alley! At 24th Street you’ll find specialty programs, events and more on Saturday & Sunday. This fun area is presented by the Galveston Children’s Museum, so it’s sure to be a blast!
To download a full schedule of events, click here.
If you’re anything like us, by now you’re on your 6th iteration of “The Holiday Menu” – complete with vegan options, too-many-pies-to-count, and a growing confusion about how “gluten free”stuffing could possibly be a thing.
Once the post-turkey/tofurkey fervor has died down next week, escape the confines of the kitchen and enjoy one of these fun, family-friendly activities happening here on Galveston Island:
Friday, November 24 – Hotel Galvez Tree Lighting Celebration festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include a special appearance by Santa Claus, live holiday entertainment including the Galveston Ballet, and the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas Tree on the front lawn. During the event, the hotel collects donations for the Salvation Army of Galveston County.
Saturday, November 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – ArtWalk takes place inside existing art galleries (both commercial and non-profit) and other spaces such as cafes and shops that showcase rotating art exhibits in the heart of Galveston’s historic district.
Moody Garden’s Festival of Lights is a mile-long walking trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more. (Through January 7, 2018)
ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday showcases the work of a skilled team of master ice carvers. Journey through the rainforests of the world to see monkeys, beautiful birds, incredible butterflies, colorful orchids and more! A giant ice slide takes you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, ancient ruins and rivers edge. (Through January 7, 2018)
Is anyone else still struggling to believe it’s already November!?! Whew! 2017 has certainly flown by, and we are sure we aren’t the only ones ready for a day off with family, friends and an excuse for eating copious amounts of delicious food!
We are looking forward to welcoming all of our Thanksgiving holiday guests to the beach in a few weeks! Holidays at the slower pace of Island life are ideal no matter your age and you don’t have to worry about meeting that “in-law/grandmother clean” standard when everyone travels to a beach house instead – it’s a win-win!
Galveston has some great local dining options if you want to make it a TRUE holiday and let your family chef(s) relax too! Check out some great local Thanksgiving dining options here. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below:
The San Luis Resort Champagne Brunch
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Moody Gardens Thanksgiving Day Buffet
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ShyKatz Deli & Bakery – Take & Bake
Preorder by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 11/20
Pickup by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/22
Mosquito Cafe – Take & Bake
Preorder by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 11/21
Pickup 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/22
Galveston is full of fun holiday events this winter – and there are some you definitely shouldn’t miss! A few of our favorites are coming up this week:
Dec. 2 – 4: Dickens on the Strand
This family-friendly Victorian holiday festival is an annual favorite full of period costumes, parades, live music, themed food & drink vendors, a great selection of Victorian-inspired shopping stops, and more! Check out the newly expanded Oliver’s Alley hosted by the Galveston Children’s Museum.
Dec. 2 & 3: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Performed at the historic The Grand 1894 Opera House, this fresh adaptation includes stunning sets, traditional carols, and a timeless message. Tickets available now.
Through Jan. 8: Festival of Lights
Enjoy more than one million lights within 100 sound enhanced animated displays, plus nightly live entertainment! Don’t miss the ice rink (skate rentals available), the Arctic Slide, or photo ops with Santa. Full schedule and ticket information available here.
We hope to see you out enjoying all that our Winter Wonder Island has to offer during your Sand `N Sea vacation!