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Attractions and Climate Information for Texas and American Snowbirds

Beach pictureLooking for a warm destination for the winter where temperatures are no lower than the 50’s, a place where you can wear shorts in December? The answer may very well be beautiful Galveston Island, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston Island is a favorite destination for “SnowBirds“, our friendly term for visitors from the colder regions who spend their winters in Galveston, TX. There is so much to do and see a month just isn’t long enough.

There are numerous attractions that occur all through the month of December. Dickens on the Strand transforms the Galveston Strand into Victorian England inspired by the Charles Dickens era, hence the name. This holiday festival takes visitors back to the Victorian Era as street vendors with push carts work amongst carolers and street musicians, while children busy themselves at the Royal Menagerie Petting Zoo. You may also take interest in the Victorian Christmas Homes Tour, where you can relax, sip on a warm cup of hot chocolate, cozy up in a horse drawn carriage, and entice yourself in the beauty of how historical homes decorate to celebrate the holidays. If that isn’t enough, Moody Gardens Festival of Lights is one of the largest festivals of lights in Texas along with an outdoor ice-skating rink that people of all ages can enjoy!

In January Galveston restaurants participate in Galveston Restaurant Week. The islands best restaurants offer lunch and dinner specials with special pricing.

February is always an exhilarating month for Galveston and all of its surrounding neighbors. Mardi Gras! Galveston lights up the streets of downtown with festivities including nine parades, fifteen masquerade balls and live entertainment throughout the Historic Strand District.

During the month of March Galveston hosts its annual Home & Garden Show, where on-site demonstrations and home and garden suppliers host the show, supporting the Animal Adoption Center of Galveston Island.

Galveston Fishing is wonderful this time of year!

With all that Galveston Island has to offer during the winter months it is clear to see why any “SnowBird” would flock here. We want all “Winter Texans” to come here! To feel at home while you are away, the perfect answer as to where to stay is a fully furnished beach house or condo. At Ryson Vacation Rentals we offer a wide variety of accommodations sure to fit everyone’s budget. Galveston beach house rentals can be a great value in the “off season” and most units have monthly rates. Galveston condos are a great value and offer many amenities to choose from.


Climate in Galveston

Average Yearly Temperature 69°F / 21°C

Average Yearly High 74°F / 23°C

Average Yearly Low 66°F / 19°C

Average Warmest Month July & August – 87°F / 31°C

Average Coolest Month January – 47°F / 8°C

Record High 102°F / 39°C

Record Low 14°F / -10°C

Average Yearly Rainfall 3.5 inches

Average Wettest Month September (5.9 inches)

Average Driest Month March (2.2 inches)


Galveston Articles


Galveston Historic Strand

Galveston Ferry

Lone Star Biker Rally in Galveston

Galveston’s Nature

Birding in Galveston

Galveston Fishing

Galveston Fall Fishing

Texas Snowbirds

Golfing in Galveston

Dickens on the Strand

Moody Gardens

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

Waterparks in Galveston

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Ghost Tours in Galveston

Galveston Oak Tree Sculptures

Pier 21 Theater in Galveston

Galveston Beaches and Ryson Home Locations

Stewart Beach

East Beach

Beachfront Rentals in Galveston

Galveston’s West End

Sunny Beach

Beachside Village

Sands of Kahala

Hershey Beach

Spanish Grant

Bermuda Beach

Pirates Beach

Jamaica Beach

Acapulco Village

Kahala Beach

Sea Isle


Bay Harbor

Half moon

Pointe San Luis/ Playa San Luis

Pointe West

Ryson Condominium Locations

The Victorian

The Dawn

Seascape Condos

Diamond Beach Resort

Ocean Grove Condos

Casa Del Mar Condos

By the Sea

Emerald by the Sea

Maravilla Condos

Palisade Palms