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Nov
21
Thu
Kimber Fountain’s ‘Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line’ Tours
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 22 @ 9:00 pm

From the author of the book comes a wonderful tour and a riveting journey through the forgotten parts of downtown Galveston that were once bustling with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love.

Join renowned author and speaker Kimber Fountain as she brings to life the tales – both tragic and triumphant – of Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line.

Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family-friendly entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy of illegal liquor and gambling and an infamous red light district called simply, “The Line.”

This unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came to life every night and remained a stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years. In the late 1950s, the era was known as the “Free State of Galveston” finally came to an end, and today, almost all that remains of its history has been sensationalized and marginalized.

Galveston was more than just a city of “gangsters” and lewd women,  and Kimber Fountain pursues the authentic, sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.

Tours are every Wednesday-Saturday starting at 7pm. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com in advance or at the start of the tour (cash only).

Reservations are required for cash/onsite tickets, and both online ticket purchases and cash reservations must be made by 5pm the day of the tour.

The tour meets on the north steps of the old Galveston Post Office at 601 25th Street (corner of 25th and Church St.). Meet at the north steps located on Church Street side.

Tours begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to ensure ample time to park and/or purchase onsite tickets. Due to mature content, this tour is strongly recommended for adults and older teens only. Tour content will not be censored for younger audiences, and teens and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Signed copies of Kimber’s books  Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line and Galveston Seawall Chronicles  will be available for purchase (cash or credit) at the conclusion of the tour.

For more info go to redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com, email GalvestonRedLightTours@gmail.com, call or text (409)526-6883. Reservations required.

Nov
22
Fri
Ghost Bus Tours @ Galveston Experience Company
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join a fun and totally cool tour with Galveston Ghost Tours! Several different tours are available:

Walking Historic Galveston Ghost Tour

This walking tour has been conducted since 2009, and no gravestone has been left unturned to bring Haunted Galveston’s history to you. Meet on the corner of Sealy Ave. and 23rd St.

Ghost Bus Tour – Seawall Departure

This is a 10-mile, approximately 60-minute tour of Galveston! You’ll hear from ghost eyewitnesses in their own words. Galveston is well known for its haunted history, and as you visit the Island, you’ll hear stories of hauntings and paranormal activity at locations nearly everywhere you go. For times, costs and such contact: info@GalvestonExperience.com, call (409)741-340, or go to galvestonexperience.com.

More in-depth stories can be heard on the Galveston Ghost Podcast at GalvestonGhostPodcast.com. The Galveston Ghost podcast brings you firsthand interviews in the words of the ghost eyewitnesses. Be sure to subscribe so you are notified when each new episode is released.

Schedules are available at galvestonexperience.com/calendar/.

Kimber Fountain’s ‘Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line’ Tours
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 9:00 pm

From the author of the book comes a wonderful tour and a riveting journey through the forgotten parts of downtown Galveston that were once bustling with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love.

Join renowned author and speaker Kimber Fountain as she brings to life the tales – both tragic and triumphant – of Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line.

Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family-friendly entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy of illegal liquor and gambling and an infamous red light district called simply, “The Line.”

This unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came to life every night and remained a stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years. In the late 1950s, the era was known as the “Free State of Galveston” finally came to an end, and today, almost all that remains of its history has been sensationalized and marginalized.

Galveston was more than just a city of “gangsters” and lewd women,  and Kimber Fountain pursues the authentic, sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.

Tours are every Wednesday-Saturday starting at 7pm. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com in advance or at the start of the tour (cash only).

Reservations are required for cash/onsite tickets, and both online ticket purchases and cash reservations must be made by 5pm the day of the tour.

The tour meets on the north steps of the old Galveston Post Office at 601 25th Street (corner of 25th and Church St.). Meet at the north steps located on Church Street side.

Tours begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to ensure ample time to park and/or purchase onsite tickets. Due to mature content, this tour is strongly recommended for adults and older teens only. Tour content will not be censored for younger audiences, and teens and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Signed copies of Kimber’s books  Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line and Galveston Seawall Chronicles  will be available for purchase (cash or credit) at the conclusion of the tour.

For more info go to redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com, email GalvestonRedLightTours@gmail.com, call or text (409)526-6883. Reservations required.

Nov
23
Sat
Bishop’s Palace Basement to Attic Tours @ Bishop's Palace
Nov 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End District and a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded Age extravagance and is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway at Ave. J.

Basement to Attic Tour – Offering participants a rare look into parts of the 1892 home that are typically off-limits, the Bishop’s Palace Basement to Attic Tour features Mrs. Gresham’s studio. An exclusive third-floor view provides a truly one of a kind panoramic of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ghost Bus Tours @ Galveston Experience Company
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join a fun and totally cool tour with Galveston Ghost Tours! Several different tours are available:

Walking Historic Galveston Ghost Tour

This walking tour has been conducted since 2009, and no gravestone has been left unturned to bring Haunted Galveston’s history to you. Meet on the corner of Sealy Ave. and 23rd St.

Ghost Bus Tour – Seawall Departure

This is a 10-mile, approximately 60-minute tour of Galveston! You’ll hear from ghost eyewitnesses in their own words. Galveston is well known for its haunted history, and as you visit the Island, you’ll hear stories of hauntings and paranormal activity at locations nearly everywhere you go. For times, costs and such contact: info@GalvestonExperience.com, call (409)741-340, or go to galvestonexperience.com.

More in-depth stories can be heard on the Galveston Ghost Podcast at GalvestonGhostPodcast.com. The Galveston Ghost podcast brings you firsthand interviews in the words of the ghost eyewitnesses. Be sure to subscribe so you are notified when each new episode is released.

Schedules are available at galvestonexperience.com/calendar/.

Kimber Fountain’s ‘Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line’ Tours
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 24 @ 9:00 pm

From the author of the book comes a wonderful tour and a riveting journey through the forgotten parts of downtown Galveston that were once bustling with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love.

Join renowned author and speaker Kimber Fountain as she brings to life the tales – both tragic and triumphant – of Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line.

Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family-friendly entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy of illegal liquor and gambling and an infamous red light district called simply, “The Line.”

This unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came to life every night and remained a stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years. In the late 1950s, the era was known as the “Free State of Galveston” finally came to an end, and today, almost all that remains of its history has been sensationalized and marginalized.

Galveston was more than just a city of “gangsters” and lewd women,  and Kimber Fountain pursues the authentic, sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.

Tours are every Wednesday-Saturday starting at 7pm. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com in advance or at the start of the tour (cash only).

Reservations are required for cash/onsite tickets, and both online ticket purchases and cash reservations must be made by 5pm the day of the tour.

The tour meets on the north steps of the old Galveston Post Office at 601 25th Street (corner of 25th and Church St.). Meet at the north steps located on Church Street side.

Tours begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to ensure ample time to park and/or purchase onsite tickets. Due to mature content, this tour is strongly recommended for adults and older teens only. Tour content will not be censored for younger audiences, and teens and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Signed copies of Kimber’s books  Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line and Galveston Seawall Chronicles  will be available for purchase (cash or credit) at the conclusion of the tour.

For more info go to redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com, email GalvestonRedLightTours@gmail.com, call or text (409)526-6883. Reservations required.

Nov
24
Sun
Downtown Laser & Lights Show @ Saengerfest Park
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

November 24th-December 31st (6-10pm): Downtown Lasers & Lights – Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. The 36-block district will sparkle with lasers and lights while visitors enjoy boutique shopping, dining, antiques, art galleries and more. New this year, four-hour holiday laser shows synchronized to music will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd. While in the area, visitors can tackle some of their holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture. This is free to attend.

Nov
25
Mon
Downtown Laser & Lights Show @ Saengerfest Park
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

November 24th-December 31st (6-10pm): Downtown Lasers & Lights – Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. The 36-block district will sparkle with lasers and lights while visitors enjoy boutique shopping, dining, antiques, art galleries and more. New this year, four-hour holiday laser shows synchronized to music will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd. While in the area, visitors can tackle some of their holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture. This is free to attend.

Nov
26
Tue
Downtown Laser & Lights Show @ Saengerfest Park
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

November 24th-December 31st (6-10pm): Downtown Lasers & Lights – Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. The 36-block district will sparkle with lasers and lights while visitors enjoy boutique shopping, dining, antiques, art galleries and more. New this year, four-hour holiday laser shows synchronized to music will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd. While in the area, visitors can tackle some of their holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture. This is free to attend.

Nov
27
Wed
Downtown Laser & Lights Show @ Saengerfest Park
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

November 24th-December 31st (6-10pm): Downtown Lasers & Lights – Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. The 36-block district will sparkle with lasers and lights while visitors enjoy boutique shopping, dining, antiques, art galleries and more. New this year, four-hour holiday laser shows synchronized to music will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd. While in the area, visitors can tackle some of their holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture. This is free to attend.

Kimber Fountain’s ‘Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line’ Tours
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 9:00 pm

From the author of the book comes a wonderful tour and a riveting journey through the forgotten parts of downtown Galveston that were once bustling with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love.

Join renowned author and speaker Kimber Fountain as she brings to life the tales – both tragic and triumphant – of Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line.

Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family-friendly entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy of illegal liquor and gambling and an infamous red light district called simply, “The Line.”

This unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came to life every night and remained a stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years. In the late 1950s, the era was known as the “Free State of Galveston” finally came to an end, and today, almost all that remains of its history has been sensationalized and marginalized.

Galveston was more than just a city of “gangsters” and lewd women,  and Kimber Fountain pursues the authentic, sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.

Tours are every Wednesday-Saturday starting at 7pm. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com in advance or at the start of the tour (cash only).

Reservations are required for cash/onsite tickets, and both online ticket purchases and cash reservations must be made by 5pm the day of the tour.

The tour meets on the north steps of the old Galveston Post Office at 601 25th Street (corner of 25th and Church St.). Meet at the north steps located on Church Street side.

Tours begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to ensure ample time to park and/or purchase onsite tickets. Due to mature content, this tour is strongly recommended for adults and older teens only. Tour content will not be censored for younger audiences, and teens and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Signed copies of Kimber’s books  Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line and Galveston Seawall Chronicles  will be available for purchase (cash or credit) at the conclusion of the tour.

For more info go to redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com, email GalvestonRedLightTours@gmail.com, call or text (409)526-6883. Reservations required.

Nov
28
Thu
Downtown Laser & Lights Show @ Saengerfest Park
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

November 24th-December 31st (6-10pm): Downtown Lasers & Lights – Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. The 36-block district will sparkle with lasers and lights while visitors enjoy boutique shopping, dining, antiques, art galleries and more. New this year, four-hour holiday laser shows synchronized to music will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd. While in the area, visitors can tackle some of their holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture. This is free to attend.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Hotel Galvez @ Hotel Galvez
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Thanksgiving weekend Hotel Galvez invites guests and the community to celebrate the start of the holidays with the Official City of Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, November 29th. Festivities begin at 6pm and include a special appearance by Santa Claus, live holiday entertainment by local entertainers including the Galveston Ballet, and the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas Tree on the front lawn.

About Hotel Galvez & Spa®

Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (409)765-7721, or visit HotelGalvez.com

About The Tremont House

The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. The Tremont House is a 119-room boutique-style hotel located in the heart of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Galveston’s Downtown Cultural Arts District. The Quarters at The Tremont House offers 14 luxury, loft-style extended-stay suites. The hotel features 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a bistro-style café, fitness center and two bars for entertainment – the 1888 Toujouse Bar and The Rooftop Bar. The Tremont House received the 2018 “Best of Wyndham Grand” Award for its exceptional service. For reservations, call (409)763-0300 or visit TheTremontHouse.com.

Ghost Bus Tours @ Galveston Experience Company
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join a fun and totally cool tour with Galveston Ghost Tours! Several different tours are available:

Walking Historic Galveston Ghost Tour

This walking tour has been conducted since 2009, and no gravestone has been left unturned to bring Haunted Galveston’s history to you. Meet on the corner of Sealy Ave. and 23rd St.

Ghost Bus Tour – Seawall Departure

This is a 10-mile, approximately 60-minute tour of Galveston! You’ll hear from ghost eyewitnesses in their own words. Galveston is well known for its haunted history, and as you visit the Island, you’ll hear stories of hauntings and paranormal activity at locations nearly everywhere you go. For times, costs and such contact: info@GalvestonExperience.com, call (409)741-340, or go to galvestonexperience.com.

More in-depth stories can be heard on the Galveston Ghost Podcast at GalvestonGhostPodcast.com. The Galveston Ghost podcast brings you firsthand interviews in the words of the ghost eyewitnesses. Be sure to subscribe so you are notified when each new episode is released.

Schedules are available at galvestonexperience.com/calendar/.

Kimber Fountain’s ‘Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line’ Tours
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 9:00 pm

From the author of the book comes a wonderful tour and a riveting journey through the forgotten parts of downtown Galveston that were once bustling with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love.

Join renowned author and speaker Kimber Fountain as she brings to life the tales – both tragic and triumphant – of Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line.

Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family-friendly entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy of illegal liquor and gambling and an infamous red light district called simply, “The Line.”

This unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came to life every night and remained a stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years. In the late 1950s, the era was known as the “Free State of Galveston” finally came to an end, and today, almost all that remains of its history has been sensationalized and marginalized.

Galveston was more than just a city of “gangsters” and lewd women,  and Kimber Fountain pursues the authentic, sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.

Tours are every Wednesday-Saturday starting at 7pm. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com in advance or at the start of the tour (cash only).

Reservations are required for cash/onsite tickets, and both online ticket purchases and cash reservations must be made by 5pm the day of the tour.

The tour meets on the north steps of the old Galveston Post Office at 601 25th Street (corner of 25th and Church St.). Meet at the north steps located on Church Street side.

Tours begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to ensure ample time to park and/or purchase onsite tickets. Due to mature content, this tour is strongly recommended for adults and older teens only. Tour content will not be censored for younger audiences, and teens and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Signed copies of Kimber’s books  Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line and Galveston Seawall Chronicles  will be available for purchase (cash or credit) at the conclusion of the tour.

For more info go to redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com, email GalvestonRedLightTours@gmail.com, call or text (409)526-6883. Reservations required.

Nov
29
Fri
Book Signing by Loren C. Steffy for George Mitchell, Biography @ Hotel Galvez
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

December 8th (10:30am-2pm): Book Signing by Loren C. Steffy for George Mitchell, Biography – When George Mitchell died in 2013, The Economist proclaimed, “few businesspeople have done as much to change the world as George Mitchell,” a billionaire Texas oilman who defied the stereotypical swagger so identified with that industry. He did more than any other individual since John D. Rockefeller to alter the economics of oil. In “George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet,” award-winning author Loren C. Steffy offers the first definitive biography of Mitchell, placing his life and legacy in a global context and highlighting the significance of his discoveries and the lingering controversies they inspired. In addition to his role in the oil and gas industry, Mitchell invested heavily in his hometown of Galveston. He purchased Hotel Galvez in 1993, and following a $20 million renovation reopened the hotel, restoring its public spaces to its 1911 appearance. This is free to attend.

Downtown Laser & Lights Show @ Saengerfest Park
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

November 24th-December 31st (6-10pm): Downtown Lasers & Lights – Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30-feet-tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. The 36-block district will sparkle with lasers and lights while visitors enjoy boutique shopping, dining, antiques, art galleries and more. New this year, four-hour holiday laser shows synchronized to music will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22nd. While in the area, visitors can tackle some of their holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture. This is free to attend.

Twelfth Annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez & Spa @ Hotel Galvez
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hotel Galvez is located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston. Advance reservations are required and available by calling (409)765-7721.

Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel is hosting its twelfth annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, November 29th at 6pm featuring performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs and dance groups, and the Galveston Community Band. The Lighting Celebration highlights 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 Craig Brown. KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney will emcee the event. 

Performance groups include the Galveston Community Band directed by Doyle Neuwiller, Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy Singers and Dancers led by Anita Donato, Trinity School Choir led by Laura Hyatt, The Burnet Royals directed by Stephanie Silva, and DLS Dance Studio under the direction of Tatiana Verega. The evening concludes with a performance by the Galveston Ballet under the direction of Janel Amsallem. 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 staff collects monetary donations for the Salvation Army to help make the holidays brighter for all members of the community. 

Hotel Galvez & Spa will unveil its special “The Night Before Christmas” themed gingerbread village on Thursday, November 28th. This famous poem will be recreated in gingerbread for guests to enjoy. The gingerbread house is on public display in the lobby through January 2nd. 

“We are honored to host another Holiday Lighting Celebration for our guests and the local community,” says Complex General Manager Marty Miles. “Every year, this event gets bigger and it’s a fun way to celebrate the beginning of the 2019 Christmas and holiday season.”

Hotel Galvez is also hosting Sunday Brunch with Santa on December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 11am-2pm. Guests are invited to take pictures with Santa and all will leave with a courtesy gift from Santa. For brunch reservations, call (409)765-7721 or book via Open Table.

Brunch at Hotel Galvez is a family tradition for many guests. The hotel will begin taking Thanksgiving Brunch reservations on Monday, November 4th and Christmas Day Brunch reservations on Monday, December 2nd. Advance reservations are required and are available by calling (409)515-2028. Additionally, the hotel hosts Sunday Brunch with Santa every Sunday in December before Christmas.

For those seeking a romantic New Year’s Eve Dinner, Hotel Galvez offers a special four-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill. Dinner is served 5-10pm and advance reservations are suggested. Reg and Cary will play 7-12:30am as the hotel rings in the New Year and celebrates 2020. Reservations for the restaurant are available via Open Table or by calling (409)515-2145.

Ghost Bus Tours @ Galveston Experience Company
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join a fun and totally cool tour with Galveston Ghost Tours! Several different tours are available:

Walking Historic Galveston Ghost Tour

This walking tour has been conducted since 2009, and no gravestone has been left unturned to bring Haunted Galveston’s history to you. Meet on the corner of Sealy Ave. and 23rd St.

Ghost Bus Tour – Seawall Departure

This is a 10-mile, approximately 60-minute tour of Galveston! You’ll hear from ghost eyewitnesses in their own words. Galveston is well known for its haunted history, and as you visit the Island, you’ll hear stories of hauntings and paranormal activity at locations nearly everywhere you go. For times, costs and such contact: info@GalvestonExperience.com, call (409)741-340, or go to galvestonexperience.com.

More in-depth stories can be heard on the Galveston Ghost Podcast at GalvestonGhostPodcast.com. The Galveston Ghost podcast brings you firsthand interviews in the words of the ghost eyewitnesses. Be sure to subscribe so you are notified when each new episode is released.

Schedules are available at galvestonexperience.com/calendar/.

Kimber Fountain’s ‘Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line’ Tours
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 30 @ 9:00 pm

From the author of the book comes a wonderful tour and a riveting journey through the forgotten parts of downtown Galveston that were once bustling with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love.

Join renowned author and speaker Kimber Fountain as she brings to life the tales – both tragic and triumphant – of Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line.

Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family-friendly entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy of illegal liquor and gambling and an infamous red light district called simply, “The Line.”

This unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came to life every night and remained a stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years. In the late 1950s, the era was known as the “Free State of Galveston” finally came to an end, and today, almost all that remains of its history has been sensationalized and marginalized.

Galveston was more than just a city of “gangsters” and lewd women,  and Kimber Fountain pursues the authentic, sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.

Tours are every Wednesday-Saturday starting at 7pm. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com in advance or at the start of the tour (cash only).

Reservations are required for cash/onsite tickets, and both online ticket purchases and cash reservations must be made by 5pm the day of the tour.

The tour meets on the north steps of the old Galveston Post Office at 601 25th Street (corner of 25th and Church St.). Meet at the north steps located on Church Street side.

Tours begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to ensure ample time to park and/or purchase onsite tickets. Due to mature content, this tour is strongly recommended for adults and older teens only. Tour content will not be censored for younger audiences, and teens and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Signed copies of Kimber’s books  Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line and Galveston Seawall Chronicles  will be available for purchase (cash or credit) at the conclusion of the tour.

For more info go to redlightdistricttoursofgalveston.com, email GalvestonRedLightTours@gmail.com, call or text (409)526-6883. Reservations required.

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