Galveston Holiday Festivities to Feature Socially Distanced, Family Friendly Events

Here's a preview of what is happening on the island throughout the holiday season.

The holiday season on Galveston Island is full of tradition, from its popular Festival of Lights to the renowned Victorian festival Dickens on The Strand. This year, the island’s family-friendly festivities will continue with adjustments and new social distancing guidelines and health safety.

pictured: Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

Winter Wonder Island

Moody Gardens is home to Holiday in the Gardens from Nov. 21 – Jan. 2. Here, visitors can stroll through Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail of illuminated holiday displays, live music, festive food and more. Other attractions include an Arctic Ice Slide, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D experience, Holiday 3D films and train rides. Moody Gardens attractions will operate at limited capacity levels as mandated by the State of Texas. And, masks must be worn while in public spaces. Holiday hotel packages are also available.

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Winter Wonder Island

A Railroad Christmas will take place on weekends from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23 at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Visitors will have the opportunity to get a socially distanced photo with Santa as Mr. Claus will stand on a train while families can pose below. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy Movies at the Museum in the courtyard. Treats will be available at the Whistlestop Café. Details can be found at www.galvestonrrmuseum.org.

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Experience The Magic of Downtown Galveston

Holiday shopping in Galveston’s Historic Downtown District will be especially festive this year. From November through January, the area 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 holiday shopping spree.

Winter Wonder Island

Galveston is located on a prime bird migration route. Among visitors to the island are the majestic Sandhill Cranes who arrive during the fall and winter seasons. The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council presents Holiday with the Cranes to give bird lovers a chance to learn about them and see them up close. This year’s event will be held Dec. 12 and will consist of an online morning presentation with Houston Audubon's Glenn Olsen and will be followed by self-guided field trips on the island’s West End.

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Winter Wonder Island

Miracle Pop-Up Bar at Daiquiri Time Out (DTO) will return for its third year in November and December. It’s one of only four Texas venues that are part of the worldwide Christmas-themed cocktail pop-up bar. Miracle locations will toast the season with a menu of festive holiday cocktails set amid over-the-top décor. DTO will operate at limited capacity according to state and local mandates.

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Mary Beth Bassett Director of Public Relations

Mary Beth is the Public Relations Director for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Galveston Park Board. She handles CVB public relations efforts for Galveston and manages the Austin, national and international markets. An Islander by Choice, she and her family moved to Galveston from Colorado in 2005.