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It’s Tree Lighting Weekend

It's Tree Lighting Weekend

Two Trees, an ArtWalk, a Train Ride and a Miracle

Last Updated: November 23, 2021 by Lee Roane | Trip Planning, Events


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The island’s holiday celebrations kicked off last weekend when Santa Claus parachuted down to Moody Gardens from the North Pole for the start of Holiday in the Gardens.  This weekend the island will light two Christmas Trees, host Artwalk, send kids to the North Pole aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™, and a Miracle Bar will be serving holiday cocktails.  Here’s the details:

Grand Galvez Christmas Tree
Grand Galvez Holiday Lighting Celebration Photo Credit: Galveston Island CVB

Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Grand Galvez

Grand Galvez invites guests to celebrate the start of the holidays with the revival of its annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 26. Holiday festivities begin at 6 pm and include a special appearance by Santa Claus, followed by the Galveston Ballet and the Galveston Symphony Brass Ensemble and the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas Tree.

KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney returns this year as the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. During the event, the hotel collects donations for the Salvation Army of Galveston County. The hotel hosts this holiday event on the front lawn located at 2024 Seawall Blvd.  It’s a free event.

Christmas Tree on The Strand
Saengerfest Park on The Strand Photo Credit: Galveston Island CVB

Downtown Galveston Tree Lighting

Celebrate the magic of the season this Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 pm when members of the Galveston police and fire departments escort Santa Claus to Saengerfest Park for the Downtown Tree Lighting.

Galveston Mayor Craig Brown will oversee the lighting.  “With the historic architecture and downtown decorations, Galveston is magical during the holiday season,” Mayor Craig Brown said. “We’d love for you and your family to join us during this special evening kicking off several weeks of holiday events around the island.”  It’s a free event.

ArtWalk

The tree lighting coincides with the Galveston Art Center’s ArtWalk, an event held every six to eight weeks celebrating art and entertainment downtown.  ArtWalk takes place inside existing art galleries and other spaces such as cafes and shops that showcase rotating art exhibits.  Head downtown on the evening of Nov. 27.


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Polar Express Ticket
Ticket to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Photo Credit: Galveston Island CVB

THE POLAR EXPRESS™

The magical holiday adventure comes to life when the train departs the Galveston Railroad Museum for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once on board, the conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs.  The rides depart on select dates through Dec. 23.

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Miracle Pop-Up Bar at DTO Photo Credit: Galveston Island CVB

Miracle Pop-Up Bar at DTO

Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.

One of five Texas locations to host a Miracle Bar, Daiquiri Time Out (DTO) is an uber-cool bar in downtown Galveston serving imaginative, craft cocktails using fresh-squeezed juice and house-made spirits.


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Lee Roane

Lee Roane has worked on the Galveston.com website since 1994. He is interested in history and birding but will write about anything if he thinks it will help someone enjoy the island.

Lee Roane
2021-11-23T10:34:12-06:00

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