Christmas in Galveston!

11/15/2019 | by Katie Tackett | Galveston Local Area Uncategorized Vacation Rentals Vacations

A Historical Beach Town Decked in Holiday Cheer...

If you are looking for a way to fully immerse yourself in all things Christmas, then Galveston, Texas has you covered!! This island town truly comes to life around Christmas time with streets lined in light covered historical houses, Ice Land at Moody Gardens with an indoor Ice Slide, bar and more, many holiday festivals and Christmas On The Strand- the main street in the historical district of Galveston, which buildings date back to the 1800’s, and they all get decked out in festive Christmas decor! You will feel like you have walked into a Lifetime movie!

Christmas time in Galveston also means less crowded beaches and cooler weather, which I personally love since it creates the perfect sense of peace while walking barefoot in the sand or even admiring the view from one of our warm and cozy vacation rentals. Winter time at the beach is so relaxing!! My family always tries to make a trip down to Galveston to get the ultimate Christmas experience and to relax our minds during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Whether you are taking kiddos, going for a couples getaway or a girls/ guy trip, Galveston has something to offer for everyone! Take a look at some of our recommendations below!

Festivals and Activities...

Ice Land at Moody Gardens

November 16 – January 12

This year’s Ice Land theme is Christmas Around the World. Take in all of the ice sculptures from the Eiffel Tower to the North Pole! Moody Gardens hires ice sculptures from China to create these works of art every year! Slide down the massive ice slide from atop the eiffel tower and take in all there is to see! You can also ‘chill out’ and enjoy a drink from the Shivers Ice Bar! They provide coats, but be sure to bring warm gloves!! Info on tickets here!

Dickens On The Strand

December 6 – 8, 2019

A tradition in Galveston is this holiday street festival with a nod to Dickens himself. From the parade to the Victorian attire, there is so much to see and do. You can listen to one of the six stages for music or find carolers along the street. Don’t forget to shop for any last minute Christmas gifts! More info here!

Festival of Lights

November 16 – January 12

A beautiful sight to see after 6pm! Moody Gardens has created a garden of Christmas lights! With over a mile of over a million lights this is a family favorite! Stop by after the trail to the concession stand to get a hot chocolate or strap on some skates at the ice rink! More info/ tickets here!

Brunch with Santa

December 21 – 22 (8am)

The kids will love this treat! Come enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and have your kids meet Santa! There will be raffle prizes as well as activities for the kids! They even get a goodie bag to take home after! Tickets go fast so reserve yours HERE soon! 

Santa Hustle 5K

December 15th

We love the Santa Hustle! Our family goes almost every year that we can! We love running the streets of the historical downtown and viewing all of the gorgeous homes along the way- plus free cookies!! You get some amazing merchandise for joining- We love this years hoodies! Kids can even do their own course or walk/run with mom or dad! The race also donates a portion of the proceeds to the local food shelter! More info here!

Cirque Joyeux

December 20 – 30th (Select Nights)

Come enjoy a dinner and a show! (Dinner not included in matinees) From juggling to acrobatics and high flying stunts, this show is a family pleaser! Acts from across the world have come to bring joy and excitement during Holiday in the Gardens! Ticket info here!

Strand Brass and Christmas Store!

While on The Strand don’t forget to stop at this wonderful Christmas shop! We love the different kinds of nutcrackers! They also have ornaments and other Christmas decor! Perfect stop during Dickens on The Strand! Shop info here!

Holiday in the Gardens

November 16 – January 12

Moody Gardens has more than just the Festival of Lights and Ice Land for you to enjoy! Take a train ride around the gardens or get pictures with Santa! You can even watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in 4D and other movies in 3D! If you are looking for somewhere to have that Christmas day meal Moody Gardens has you covered with a brunch and buffet! More info here!

I love all of the different themed condos found here!!

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