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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, 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:

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 Winners

Kathryn Thornton
Pearland, Texas
394 votes
4th of July in Galveston with a Christmas Touch!!

Winner of Cruise for 4 on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas


Allison Floyd
Kyle, Texas
287 votes
Early Christmas Shopping on the Strand

Winner of One Night Stay at Moody Gardens Hotel with Attractions, Festival of Lights, and Ice Sculptures Passes


Christopher Carl
Galveston, Texas
264 votes
With Santa at The Sandcastle Competition

Winner of One Night Stay at Hotel Galvez with Attraction Passes


Shannon Hanath
Bellville, Texas
249 votes
Tubing Till Christmas

Winner of One Night Stay at The San Luis Resort with Attraction Passes


Eleanor Barton
League City, Texas
230 votes
Christmas in July? But where are all my presents??

Winner of One Night Stay at The Tremont House with Attraction Passes


Kathy Dietrich
Katy, Texas
155 votes
I love to visit Galveston and enjoy all the Island activities!

Winner of Two Night Stay at Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites with Attraction Passes


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