Galveston offers many more holiday events besides Dickens on the Strand! Here’s just a few that your family can enjoy.
Lasers, Lights and Magic in the Park
Galveston’s historic downtown will sparkle with fun Nov. 24 – Dec. 31 as Saengerfest Park is transformed into a holiday spectacle for the new event Lasers, Lights and Magic in the Park. Visitors to downtown will be able to enjoy a 15-minute holiday-themed laser light show at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily during the holiday season. On Saturdays and Sundays, Santa on The Strand will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. offering photos in Santa’s Workshop.
Magical Parties with Disney
Spencer Boldman from Disney XD’s “Lab Rats” and Jake Short from Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm” will be in Galveston to sign autographs and take pictures with visitors Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, respectively. The parties will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of Strand and 23rd streets. On Dec. 15, the Radio Disney AM 1590 Road Crew will provide entertainment, including music and prizes.
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens visitors can slide into the holiday spirit this winter as the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast unveils a thrilling new experience—snow tubing. The festival kicks off Nov. 10 and will continue throughout the holiday season Thursdays through Saturdays from Nov. 16 to Dec. 8 before opening nightly Dec. 13 until Jan. 5. For details, visit www.moodygardens.org.
Join Adrenaline Sports Management for a “jolly good time” at the first annual Santa Hustle in Galveston on Dec. 23. This event is one to be remembered, as thousands of Santas will run through the streets of downtown Galveston and along the gorgeous Gulf waters. Featuring half marathon and 5K races, all event participants will receive a Santa suit long sleeve t-shirt, a free Santa hat and a beard to wear while running, and will be able to stop at cookie and candy stations along their routes. For details, visit www.santahustle.com.
Holiday Performances at The Grand
The Grand 1894 Opera House has a jam-packed lineup of live shows throughout December that will put you in the holiday spirit. Starting the month off will be the City Ballet of Houston presenting The Nutcracker on Dec. 8-9, followed by The Texas Tenors Deep in the Heart of Christmas show Dec. 15. Other performances throughout the month include: The Shoji Tabuchi Road Show, The Kingston Trio Holiday Show, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Visit www.thegrand.com for details.
Breakfast with the Sandhill Cranes
For a unique holiday experience, join the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council for “Breakfast with the Sandhill Cranes.” This annual birding event will be held on Dec. 8 as outdoor enthusiasts await the arrival of these large, majestic birds of ancient origin. Enjoy breakfast and hear a talk from Joan Garland of the International Crane Foundation. See the birds for yourself during a convoy by car to island crane hot spots after the presentation. For more information, visit www.galvestonnaturetourism.org.
A Magical Christmas: Dinner & Show
Experience the magic at Moody Gardens this holiday season as it hosts “A Magical Christmas: Dinner and Show,” starring master illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. This performance will combine dazzling magic, family comedy, inspiring music and dance to celebrate the wonderment of Christmas. Witness people floating and vanishing right before your eyes, and enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs performed by singers and musicians. Shows will be offered Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 20-27. For details, visit www.moodychristmasshow.com.
Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum
Santa is coming to town aboard the Galveston Railroad Museum’s Harborside Express train! The museum’s annual Santa Train event will be held Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your wish list for your visit with Santa, stroll through the museum’s Garden of Steam, and enjoy festive holiday lights, decorations, games and crafts. For details, visit www.galvestonrrmuseum.com.
Eggnog Jog and Winter Walk
Join us for a free, family-style 5K fun run and walk from 6 p.m. to midnight on December 21. The run will start at the Fit to Run shop in historic downtown Galveston and take you through the East End Historical District to pass wonderfully decorated and lit homes for the holidays. For information, visit www.galveston.com