There is no better time to head to Galveston Island than the holiday season. The island offers great weather, incredible events, world-class attractions, award-winning Gulf seafood and a historic downtown full of unique gifts for your shopping pleasure.
The Galveston holiday season is full of tradition – from its world-renowned Dickens on the Strand Victorian Christmas festival to Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens – but this year the island will offer some exciting new additions to make for an even more festive winter getaway.
Galveston Island is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, featuring more than 50 days of holiday festivities and more than 1,000 holiday events during the winter season. The island is home to the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, as well as the nationally known Victorian Christmas festival Dickens on The Strand among many other attractions. For more information on holiday activities, visit galveston.com/holidaymagic.
New this holiday season, Galveston will be a featured host location to Miracle on the Island, an international rotating pop-up bar series serving a themed menu of festive drinks to holiday enthusiasts November 23rd- December 31st. The Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Bar – a prestigious nod in the arts and culture scene – just announced its 2018 host locations, which includes 80 bars around the world and Galveston’s own Daquiri Time Out is among the list.
In addition, downtown Galveston will be illuminated by an extensive lighting and décor overhaul that will encompass the main corridors of the charming historic downtown district from Strand to Postoffice Streets, making it the perfect backdrop for a winter escape. Plus, one of the island’s most popular holiday attractions, ICE LAND, will return to Moody Gardens with a brand new theme: “Pole to Pole.” The theme will include a festive journey from the North to the South Pole featuring polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus, and reindeer.
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If you’re visiting multiple attractions, visit galvestonislandpass.com for package discounts For a complete list of events and special offers, visit galveston.com/holidaymagic.
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Here’s a preview of what is happening on the island throughout the holiday season:
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
November 17th-January 6th
There’s nothing that better represents the festive nature of the holidays than vibrant Christmas lights brightening the dark of night. In true Texas style, where everything has to be bigger, Moody Gardens delivers the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast. Now in its 17th year, Festival of Lights features a one-mile-long trail with more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and one million lights. In addition to taking in all the lights, show off your balance on the outdoor ice-skating rink or get some thrills snow tubing down the Arctic Ice Slide. Fun for the whole family, you won’t find anything else like the Festival of Lights here in the Lone Star State. Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, moodygardens.org.