Thanksgiving Week Activities on Galveston Island

turkey in galvestonIf 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.

artwalk fall in galveston txSaturday, 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 gardens festival of lights galveston txMoody 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)

moody gardens ice slide galveston txICE 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)

Thanksgiving Dining on Galveston Island

Thanksgiving is full of family, friends and – of course! – food!  Who doesn’t love a Thanksgiving dinner full of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, cranberries (we will forever love the “fancy” cranberry sauce from childhood – complete with those snazzy ridges from the can!), etc.? And then, of course, there’s the pie.  Pumpkin? Check.  Blueberry? Check.  Apple? Check.  Seriously, it’s really just more fruit if you think about it ;).

While we all love the fruits of our kitchen labor – it can definitely get a little overwhelming! Thankfully (see what we did there?) there are a number of fabulous local food options for you during your Sand `N Sea Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanksgiving in Galveston

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.
$65/adult, $30/children

Moody Gardens Thanksgiving Day Buffet
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$59/adult, $29/children

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

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Now that you’re drooling, pick a place and get those tables reserved!!  Make sure EVERYone gets a chance to relax and enjoy your Island Thanksgiving this year!

Thanksgiving on Galveston Island

Thanksgiving is full of family, friends and – of course! – food!  Who doesn’t love a Thanksgiving dinner full of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, cranberries (we will forever love the “fancy” cranberry sauce from childhood – complete with those snazzy ridges from the can!), etc.? And then, of course, there’s the pie.  Pumpkin? Check.  Blueberry? Check.  Apple? Check.  Seriously, it’s really just more fruit if you think about it ;).

While we all love the fruits of our kitchen labor – it can definitely get a little overwhelming! Thankfully (see what we did there?) there are a number of fabulous local food options for you during your Sand `N Sea Thanksgiving holiday!

Two great options for whole dinner takeout are Mosquito Cafe and ShyKatz Deli & Bakery.  Pick it up, take it home, heat it up, and enjoy dining al fresco on the deck of your beach house or enjoy the Gulf view from inside.

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Mosquito Cafe’s menu includes oven roasted turkey breasts, fresh basil & shrimp crostini, roasted maple sweet potato mashers, stuffing with Italian sausage, lemonade dream cake, triple dark chocolate cake, and more!  Orders must be placed no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 24. You can find their order form online.

ShyKatz Deli & Bakery galveston baked goods

ShyKatz Deli & Bakery also has an extensive menu including a variety of entrees, delicious sides, and unique baked goods. You can reach them at 409.770.0500 to hear all of the great options and place your preorder.

There are also some truly delicious buffet options to consider:  The San Luis Resort Thanksgiving Jazz Brunch includes a Gumbo Bar, Seafood Bar, and live music (reservations 409.740.8601); Hotel Galvez is offering Thanksgiving Brunch or Dinner with grilled Halibut, bacon-wrapped pork loin, a full carving station and a huge variety of sides (reservations 409.765.7721); and Gaido’soffers all the classics, plus unique seafood dishes, drink specials, and their famous pecan pie (409.762.9625).

Our handy Thanksgiving Eats guide includes other great options too – check it out in our lobby when you check into your beach house!

Now that you’re drooling, pick a place and get those tables reserved!!  Make sure EVERYone gets a chance to relax and enjoy your Island Thanksgiving this year!