2016 Summer Santa Sightings


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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:

Top Ten Reasons to Come Back this Holiday Season:

  1. ICE LAND: ICE SCULPTURES: New Caribbean Christmas theme for 2016! Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for the ultimate Caribbean Christmas! Embark on a breathtaking undersea journey made of 2 MILLION POUNDS OF ICE! Imagine, a towering oil rig ice slide takes you to the breathtaking Flower Garden Banks and the Gulf Mexico as you encounter spectacular schools of beautiful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, sharks and more on your way to your island destination! Also be sure to check out Shivers Ice Bar. (Nov 12 - Jan 8)
  2. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT MOODY GARDENS: Brighten up the holidays! A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more. (Nov 12 – Jan 8)
  3. THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE HOLIDAY SEASON: Celebrate the holidays with Grand entertainment - Loretta Lynn, the Queen of Country Music, ELF the Musical, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical; and The Priests - presented in Galveston’s magnificent, historic theatre. (Nov 13 - Dec 18)
  4. HOLIDAY SPLASH AT SCHLITTERBAHN GALVESTON WATERPARK: Enjoy a sprinkle of holiday cheer while making a splash at Houston’s only indoor waterpark. See Surfing Santa appearances, Bahn Borealis light show, Snow Globe Float, holiday friends, ornament factory, holiday meal packages and more. (Nov 25 - Dec 31) (Surfing Santa, Nov 25 - Dec 23)
  5. HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN GALVESTON’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN DISTRICT: Find unique holiday gifts at the many boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and more within Galveston’s 36-block historic downtown. (Nov 23 - Dec 24)
  6. 43RD 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 2-4)
  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 10)
  8. HOLIDAY WITH THE CRANES: Celebrate the magnificent 4-foot-tall Sandhill Cranes that arrive just in time for the holidays, with special events from sunrise to sunset. (Dec 9-11)
  9. CIRQUE JOYEUX NOEL DINNER AND SHOW AT MOODY GARDENS: A spectacular, exhilarating and joyous celebration of the Christmas season with an enchanting mix of food, circus, music, and comedy. (Dec 15-25)
  10. SANTA HUSTLE HALF MARATHON AND 5K: Run with thousands of Santas through the streets of downtown Galveston and along the Gulf waters. (Dec 17-18)