Galveston Island is the Winter Wonder Island of Texas

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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.

For the 45th year, Dickens on The Strand will transform the historic downtown district into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens the first weekend of December. This popular street festival entertains crowds with a full lineup of parades, live entertainment and special appearances from descendants of Charles Dickens. Costumed vendors offer holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry, holiday décor and more. If that’s not enough Victorian charm, visitors can go on the Victorian Holiday Homes Tour featuring a variety of private historic homes all decked out for the holidays. Another island holiday tradition is the Santa Hustle 5k and Half-Marathon; a fun way to burn off those holiday calories, in a Santa suit, no less!

Those looking to get into the holiday spirit will have their chance when Moody Gardens opens its ICE LAND holiday ice sculpture attraction Nov. 17 with an all-new theme: Pole-to-Pole. The theme will include a festive journey from the North to South Pole featuring polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus and reindeer. This is in addition to the annual Festival of Lights attraction, open throughout the holiday season.

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 Nov. 23- Dec. 31. 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. This will make it the perfect backdrop for a winter escape and to get that holiday shopping done!

You can find out where to stay, what to do and more at the Visitor Information Center at 2328 Broadway Avenue in Galveston. Call 888-425-4753 or go to for more details.

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