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The Galveston Island CVB offers professional assistance in every area of meeting and convention activity including hotel request for proposals (RFP), planning, promotion, registration and spousal programs.
For group tour operators, we offer hotel rate proposals, sample itineraries, collateral materials and coordination assistance. For family reunions and weddings, we offer hotel rate proposals, collateral materials and coordination assistance.
The GALVESTON ISLAND PASS is your key to adventure and savings while exploring the numerous attractions that make Galveston so special.
Select four or more participating attractions and save up to 40% off retail price.
Don't miss the brand-new ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, as SpongeBob takes you on an icy adventure with new surprises around every corner!
Festival of Lights features over 100 lighted scenes, an outdoor ice skating rink, and Texas-sized Arctic Ice Slide!
Cast your votes in the "Oscars of the Gulf Coast," and determine who really is the Best of Galveston!
Throwing a holiday party this season? Then sign up for one of The Kitchen Chick's cooking classes today for a truly unforgettable event.
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With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston's world famous Victorian holiday festival returns December 4-6.
Visiting the Island? Galveston.com makes it easy with our variety of Trip Planning Tools! We encourage you to take in all that makes our city great. We’re confident that, using this website and these planning tools as a road map, you’ll grow to love this island as much as we do.
If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a chance you just may spot the largest cruise ship now docking in Galveston that has ever sailed from the Texas shoreline.
LIBERTY OF THE SEAS will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston, visiting some of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations.
It may not be visible from outer space, but the Festival of Lights certainly qualifies as a Texas Bucket List entry that has to be seen up close to be appreciated.
good day for Ken Pollard is when he’s in front of kids eager to learn about the history and legacy of the U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers, who proved their fighting prowess on major battlefields in the late 1800s.
What might very well give the festival an authentic representation of writer Charles Dickens are his two descendants who will join in the fun.
Galveston.com now offers a highly-customized vacation experience with the consumer in control via Experiential Packaging.
The 2015 Austin Film Festival brought famous faces and a slew of new films to preview before they hit theaters this fall.
Sunny days and mild nights make Galveston Island the perfect place to enjoy festivals year round. Many festivals celebrate art, music, film, food, beer and wine, while others celebrate various ethnic and cultural holidays. Check out our comprehensive guide!
Moody Mansion will host Galveston’s Heritage Chorale under the direction of Izola Collins for an evening of Christmas carols from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 3.
A brilliant new comedy, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT is a very up tempo ultra-modern comedy about relationships which focuses on the various loopholes and pitfalls of love.
Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in this delightful performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance.
Galveston’s historic Trinity Episcopal Church announces the return of the Victorian Pipe Organ Extravaganza, featuring internationally acclaimed concert organist Ronald Wyatt and an appearance by The Sons of Orpheus choral group under the direction of Edgar Moore, on Saturday evening, December 5, 2015.
Trinity Episcopal Church presents their annual Victorian Pipe Organ Extravaganza, featuring acclaimed organist Ronald Wyatt and Edgar Moore.
Galveston is part Southern, part Texan, abloom with towering oleanders of every color and has more history and stories than cities 20 times its size. Part of what is entrancing about Galveston is that it is so much a town in its own right, and it always has been. Even today, many residents refer to it as “The Republic of Galveston Island” because it is so unlike the rest of Texas.
Come take a cooking class! Wear your ugly sweater and prepare to learn how to make scrumptious holiday foods with tacky names!
Come take a cooking class at The Kitchen Chick! Chef Concetta Maceo of Maceo Spice & Imports will take you back to where it all started and teach you how to make some of her family's most loved recipes!
Galveston’s East End Historical District Association (EEHDA) will host its 26th annual “A Victorian Christmas” Homes Tour on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Come take a cooking class at The Kitchen Chick! Chefs Laura & Linda of The Italian Wooden Spoon are back to teach you how to make authentic Italian cuisine!
Come take a cooking class at The Kitchen Chick! Chefs Laura & Linda of The Italian Wooden Spoon are back to teach you the secrets to making feather-light gnocchi - the best gnocchi this side of the Atlantic!
Come take a cooking class at The Kitchen Chick! You will really get into the 'spirits' of the holiday wih Chef Cat at this festive class!
Are you interested in beach access?...coastal preservation?...clean water? Well, so are we, and we need your help!
Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding. It has a rich variety of habitats - beaches, wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds, and bays - in a small area that are home to many common year-round species, as well as numerous others that visit briefly or for part of the year.
This destination occurs at the natural and restored marshes protecting one of the most pristine examples of a dune/swale complex on Galveston Island.
The Galveston Island State Park offers paddlers access to one of Galveston’s premier ecological and historical jewels. Witness herons and pelicans flying overhead, travel back in time to when the Karankawas made Galveston Island their winter home, and discover how restoration scientists have restored wetlands and fisheries.
Come celebrate the holidays with Artist Boat at Float the Boat, and join us in honoring Martha Terrill, and Mort & Brenda Voller!
An easy paddle in natural wetlands, the East End Lagoon offers an up-close view of the entry to the second largest port in the United States. Herons will greet you as you witness large vessels in the Houston Ship Channel carrying petrochemical products, cruise ship passengers, and consumer goods.
The public is invited to participate in Full Moon labyrinth walks. Each walk begins approximately 1.5 hours after sunset.
Vacationing on Galveston Island often means fun in the sun and surf, cold drinks and tasty eats. But enjoying a little island time doesn’t always have to mean lazing around for hours on end! Galveston is the perfect spot for a wide variety of exciting activities for those who enjoy an active lifestyle - from water sports, to endurance runs and yoga on the beach.
Great for families, young scouts, and youth of all ages to learn about the important job of a park ranger, and spend time discovering wildlife and hiking safety.
Santa Claus is comin’, and is running to your town! Join us and many of your Santa friends at the Santa Hustle Galveston 5k & Half Marathon on Sunday, December 20, 2015.
Join Ranger Lisa on a cool evening night hike and learn about the importance of the dark and our connection to the stars overhead. Dress warm and be prepared to be outside. Hot cocoa available!
Work off the holiday sweets, and get sweaty while enjoying the prairies, bay views, and trails of this award winning state park!
Ranger Lisa invites you to join us at the Nature Center for a relaxing and educational presentation on the history of Galveston Island State Park, and connecting restoration efforts to the secret history of this treasured location.
Join Ranger Lisa as we explore the tips for taking better camera phone pictures to capture those special moments. We'll begin at the Nature Center, and then venture onto the open prairie to practice with our phones.
Galveston is the beautifully preserved hidden treasure of the Lone Star State. Come unlock the history, romance and beauty that lies within. Explore every nook and cranny because you are her guest and Galveston loves sharing her treasures with you.
As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink, try out the Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa.
"Ice Land" Ice Sculptures return to Moody Gardens for a second fun-filled year!
Artist to create hand-cut Silhouettes at Galveston Arts Center on the eve of Dickens on the Strand.
Santa is coming to town aboard our Harborside Express train! Bring your wish list and visit with Santa! Stroll through our Garden of Steam and enjoy the festive Holiday lights & decorations! Complete your Holiday shopping at our Gift Shop!
The annual toy drive and pub crawl invites the public to join in their finest Santa suits, reindeer outfits or elf attire and take to the streets of Galveston for cold ales, warm toddies, and fine friendship while doing good for local charities.
Afternoon Tea at The Tremont House will feature assorted mini salads, tea sandwiches, pastries and sweets and will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. Advance reservations are required.
Join us for our annual 12th Night of Christmas celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, for an evening of King Cake, wassail and music in the traditional finale to the Christmas season.
Although freshly-caught seafood is a resounding favorite on the Island, area menus offer tastes from around the world, ranging from well-known Cajun favorites to Tuscan secret recipes.
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