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Galveston is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas and this season the island will offer visitors a more than 1,000 magical holiday events!

And because so much will be happening in Galveston for the holiday season, Santa is spending this summer on the island to make sure it all gets done! This summer, be sure to visit with Santa at a variety of events, from a "snowman" sandcastle competition at Moody Gardens to free concerts downtown.

Scheduled Summer Santa Sightings include:

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

  1. Moody Gardens Ice Land: Ice Sculptures featuring Christmas with Spongebob
    Journey through a vast and amazing icy wonderland of elaborately-carved towering ice sculptures (November 15 - January 4)
  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 lighrs, ice-skating, and more (November 15 - January 4)
  3. The Grand 1894 Opera House Holiday Season
    Choose from among 10 of hte most celebrated touring performances of any season - including Michael Martin Murphey, "Flashdance," Manhattan Transfer, and "A Christmas Carol" - presented in Galveston's magnificent, historic theatre (November 15 - January 4)
  4. Holiday Shopping in Galveston'sHistoric Downtown District
    Find unique holiday gifts at the many boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and more within the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District (November 15 - December 24)
  5. Surfing Santa at Schlitterbahn Waterpark
    See Santa surf the waves of the Boogie Bahn & enjoy all the water fun at Houston's only indoor waterpark. Surfing Santa appearances & holiday meal packages. (November 28 - December 23)
  6. Holiday Lights and Magic in the Park
    Attend free festivities in downtown Galveston's Saengerfest Park, including light shows, music, visits with Santa and more (November 29 - December 31)
  7. 41st 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 (December 5-7)
  8. Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum
    Welcome Santa as he comes to town aboard the Galveston Railroad Museum's Harborside Express train (December 13)
  9. Breakfast with the Sandhill Cranes
    Get a fascinating view of hte magnificent Sandhill Cranes that migrate through Galveston's West End just before the holidays (December 13-14)
  10. Moody Gardens Christmas Dinner and Show
    Experience holiday magic at Moody Gardens with master illusionist Curt Miller and friends (December 18-27)

Photo Contest:

While you're visiting Galveston Island this summer, find something holiday-themed (a Santa hat, festive sweater, or anything you have representing the holidays), and take a photo for a chance to win:

  • Cruise for 4 on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas
  • One night stay at Moody Gardens Hotel with attractions
  • Festival of Lights and Ice Sculptures passes
  • One night stay at Hotel Galvez with attraction passes

   
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