Top 10 Events This Holiday Season


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Top 10 Events This Holiday Season

Sandy beaches, ample sunshine, breathtaking hotels and captivating Victorian-era architecture. These are probably the first few things that come to mind when you think about Galveston. Visit the island during the holidays and you’ll have a very different idea of what this coastal city is all about. Throughout the holiday season, Galveston is transformed into a Winter Wonder Island! Admire the stunning sculptures at Ice Land, and attend an unforgettable musical or concert at The Grand 1894 Opera House.  Read on to discover what else awaits in the Winter Wonder Island.

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1) Ice Land: Ice Sculptures
New Rainforest Holiday theme for 2017! Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for your journey through the rainforests of the world to see monkeys, beautiful birds, incredible butterflies, colorful orchids and so many wonderful creatures. Your hosts on this journey are the spectacular leaf cutter ants carrying Christmas lights and other decorations to a magical place. A giant ice slide takes you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, ancient ruins and rivers edge to prepare for the most joyous time of the year. Also be sure to check out Shivers Ice Bar (Nov 11 – Jan 7)

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 11 – Jan 7)

3) The Grand 1894 Opera House Holiday Season
Celebrate the holidays with Grand entertainment – An Evening with Sophia Loren, STOMP, Christmas Wonderland Holiday Extravaganza, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Texas Tenors Deep In The Heart of Christmas, Jerry Jeff Walker, and The Official Blues Brothers Revue - presented in Galveston’s magnificent, historic theatre. (Nov 12 – Jan 13)

4) Downtown Lanterns & Lights
Downtown Lanterns and Lights will feature a magical display of Christmas trees and other artisan made pieces as they illuminate Saengerfest Park. (Nov. 24 -  Jan. 2)

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 24 – Dec 24)

6) 44th 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 1 – 3)

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 16)

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 – 10)

9) Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K
Run with thousands of Santas through the streets of Galveston and along the Gulf waters. (Dec 16 – 17)