Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel is hosting its tenth annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m. featuring performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs and the Galveston Community Band. The Lighting Celebration is one of the more than 50 days of holiday fun in Galveston, the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas. The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration is an annual, free family event and marks the start of the official holiday season in Galveston.
The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree with a countdown led by Santa Claus and Galveston’s Mayor Pro-Tem Terrilyn Tarlton Shannon. KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney will emcee the event.
Guests will be entertained by Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy led by choir director Anita Donato, and Trinity School Choir led by Laura Hyatt. New this year is the Galveston Community Band directed by Doyle Neuwiller. The evening concludes with a performance by the Galveston Ballet. Dickens on The Strand’s Queen Victoria and other special characters will also make appearances during the festivities. Additionally, children can have photos taken with Santa Claus in the hotel’s Music Hall. Souvenir photos with Santa by KC Photography will be available for purchase for $15.
Throughout the evening’s festivities, Hotel Galvez will accept monetary donations for the Salvation Army to help make the holidays brighter for all members of the community.