Christmas and Holiday Fun on Galveston Island 

Rather than making a snow angel, how does a sand angel sound for this holiday season? Celebrating the holidays in Galveston should be part of your plans this year. And, here are a few reasons why…

Holiday Events Across the Island

No matter what day of the week brings you to Galveston, Moody Gardens Holiday in the Gardens will put you in the holiday spirit. Their annual Festival of Lights is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 20 thru Jan. 2 and features more than a million lights on a mile-long pathway. Plus, their Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show, scheduled Dec. 17 thru Dec. 30, is an added bonus. The show features acrobats, aerialists, cats and more. Check their schedule for matinee and evening performances. 

Have you ever bumped into the Ghost of Christmas Past or Ebenezer Scrooge on the street? Well, during Dickens on The Strand there is a good likelihood you’ll see these famous Charles Dickens characters as well as hundreds of people dressed in their favorite Victorian or Steampunk garb. The 48th Annual Dickens on The Strand is Friday, Dec. 3 thru Sunday, Dec. 5. Attendees in Victorian costumes may purchase their half price ticket at the gate. 

As part of Dickens on the Strand weekend, the Galveston Historical Foundation also hosts Dickens After Dark, Holiday Handbell Concerts, The Dickens Soiree at Bishop’s Palace, Salute to Sunset at the Texas Seaport Museum, A Dickensian Breakfast at Ashton Villa, St. Arnold’s Strand Walking Tours, Tea with the Captain’s Wife, and The Dickens Dash. 

 Step back in time for the holidays with a tour through Galveston’s Historic House Museums. Make a stop at the 1895 Moody Mansion and Museum, 2618 Broadway, and 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, which are decked out for the holidays. Another worthy stop is The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street. 

Holiday Desserts You’ll Only Find in Galveston

Did you know that this is the only time of year La King’s Confectionery, 2323 Strand, makes their famous ribbon candy? You’ll also find the most delicious fudge you’ll ever taste in your life at La King’s. 

 

If you’re looking for a Texas-sized or Texas-shaped pie covered in pecans, then pre-order your Pecan Crunch Pie at Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, 3802 Seawall. There are more pecans than you’ll be able to count.

 

Have you ever seen a Yuletide Log Cake? PattyCakes Bakery, 704 14th Street, offers its Yuletide Log Cake during the holiday season. It’s a beautiful and tasty treat.

And, just a few blocks away at Sunflower Bakery and Cafe, 512 14th, look for their cheese danish. It’s the best way to start Christmas morning. 

Did you forget to bake cookies for Santa? Dough Joe’s Cookie Company can solve that problem. And, they deliver fresh baked cookies to your doorstep. 

The holiday season is always a wonderful time on the island and perfect for a weekend stay, weekly rental, or month-long getaway. Make the most of these travel tips and enjoy Christmas in Galveston. Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 260 properties across the island that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston this year. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to assist.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christine Hopkins is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for ToursByLocals.com.

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