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Beat the Heat with "12 Days of Christmas in July" Givewaways & Deals

We have planned 12 amazing days to kick off July in Ho, Ho, Ho style. The "12 Days of Christmas in July" will take you from humbug to happy with a massive online scavenger hunt and offers, complete with prizes and deals. Because what is Christmas without presents? If you are on Facebook, partake in our daily deals from attractions and merchants in Galveston, and if you are on Twitter, use our hashtag #GalvestonChristmas and participate in a scavenger hunt to have a chance to win prizes. Click here for more information.

So much will be happening this holiday season in Galveston, Santa decided to spend his summer break on the island to make sure it all gets done. Be on the lookout for Santa's sneak preview events:

  • July 1: Moody Gardens Preview of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
  • July 4: Movie Nite on The Strand featuring Elf
  • July 10: Snowman Sandcastle Competition at Moody Gardens
  • July 11: Surfing with Santa at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
  • July 11: Sinbad at The Grand 1894 Opera House

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Visit Galveston Island This Holiday Season:

Galveston is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas and this season the island will offer visitors a more than 1,000 magical holiday events, including a new ice sculpture exhibit featuring nearly 2 million pounds of ice.

In addition, visitors to Galveston can experience the largest holiday lighting festival along the Gulf Coast, ice skating, snow tubing, Victorian Christmas celebrations and more.

Here's a preview of what to expect in Galveston this holiday season:

  1. Moody Gardens Ice Land: Ice Sculptures featuring Christmas with Spongebob Squarepants
    Walk through an icy wonderland featuring elaborately
    carved ice sculptures. (Nov 14 - Jan 10)
  2. Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
    Explore the largest holiday lighting festival on the Gulf Coast,
    featuring a mile-long trail of a million lights, ice-skating and more.
    (Nov 14 - Jan 10)
  3. The Grand 1894 Opera House Holiday Season
    Choose from a world of holiday entertainment - Tony Bennett,
    An Olde English Christmas with Herman's Hermits, Charles
    Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
    Asleep At the Wheel's Merry Texas Christmas Y'all, John Pinero in VINCE: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi and more -
    presented in Galveston's magnificent, historic theatre.
    (Nov 17 - Jan 9)
  4. Holiday Shopping in Galveston'sHistoric Downtown District
    Find unique holiday gifts at the many boutiques, art galleries,
    antique shops and more within Galveston's 36-block historic
    downtown. (Nov 14- Dec 24)
  5. Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Waterpark
    Enjoy a sprinkle of holiday cheer while making a splash at
    Houston's only indoor waterpark. See surfing Santa appearances,
    holiday friends, ornament factory, holiday meal packages, and more. (Nov 27 - Jan 3) (Surfing Santa, Nov 27 - Dec 23)
  6. 42nd Annual Dickens on The Strand
    Travel back in time as downtown Galveston's Strand Street is
    transformed into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens with this
    exciting festival. (Dec 4-6)
  7. Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum
    Welcome Santa as he comes to town aboard the Galveston
    Railroad Museum's Harborside Express Train. (Dec 12)
  8. Winter Crane Festival
    Celebrate the magnificent 4-foot-tall Sandhill Cranes that arrive
    just in time for the holidays, with special events from sunrise to
    sunset. (Dec 11 - 13)
  9. A Magical Christmas Dinner and Show at Moody Gardens
    Experience magic, singers and dancers with Master Illusionist
    Curt Miller and Friends. (Dec 17-27)
  10. Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K
    Run with thousands of Santas through the streets of downtown
    Galveston and along the Gulf waters. (Dec 20)

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