If you’re running low on ideas that will make everyone happy this holiday season, here are our suggestions for some must-do family experiences on the island:
ICE LAND: Pole to Pole at Moody Gardens (Nov 17 – Jan 6)
New theme for 2018! A skilled team of master ice carvers has taken 2 million pounds of ice to create your festive journey from the North to South Pole. See polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus and, of course, reindeer! Glide down the giant glacier slide and enjoy a festive drink inside an igloo at Shivers Ice Bar.
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens (Nov 17 – Jan 6)
Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike! 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.
Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Indoor Waterpark (Nov 17 – Dec 30)
Schlitterbahn Heated Indoor Waterpark is open weekends and select holidays until December 30, 2018. Starting November 17th, you and your family will be our special guests for Holiday Splash! Buy the Grill and Thrill Package online and get lunch included.
Downtown Lanterns and Lights (Nov 24 – Jan 1)
Featuring a magical display of Christmas lights and other artisan pieces as they illuminate Saengerfest Park and historic downtown. The park will also feature an interactive photo frame and giant snow globe on designated weekends.
Oliver’s Alley at Dickens on The Strand (Nov 30 – Dec 2)
This year the educators at the Galveston Children’s Museum will be lending their expertise to a new “Oliver’s Alley” children’s area in the festival grounds featuring hands-on educational opportunities for youth. Activities in Oliver’s Alley will allow children to step back in time and experience play in the manner of children in Victorian times. The same techniques used to develop the exciting and novel STEM and Arts exhibits at the Galveston Children’s museum will be used to create a magical place where children can explore, investigate, and discover the Victorian world, creating their own toys and reviving games from the Victorian times.
Santa Train at Galveston Railroad Museum (Dec. 15)
Come to enjoy an afternoon with Santa at the Galveston Railroad Museum! Santa arrives at noon and will be available in the Depot to meet with children and take pictures. Train rides on the Harborside Express will at noon with Santa's arrival. Special Event Admission: $12 / Children age 12 and under are free / Ticket to ride the Train: $5, ages 2+