Unique December Events in Galveston You Can’t Miss


Stop by these December events in Galveston and find out why there’s no place like Galveston in Winter.

Celebrate History at Dickens on the Strand

For literature lovers, there’s no better place to be than the 45th Annual Dickens on the Strand Festival, a celebration of downtown Galveston’s Victorian architecture combined with the sights and sounds in the literature of Charles Dickens. Parades, six stages of entertainment, carolers, magicians, jugglers, and costumed vendors make Dickens on the Strand a can’t-miss event. Special events include the Dickens Champagne Reception, Soiree at Bishop’s Palace, Hand bell Concerts, Salute to Sunset on the Tall Ship Elissa, and more. Dickens on the Strand is held on Mechanic Street, Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd. Prices start at $13 for adults, and $7 for children aged 7-12.

Spend Your Holiday With the Cranes

Nature lovers can spend a weekend celebrating the annual return of Galveston Island’s sandhill cranes. Presented by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, Holiday With The Cranes is a weekend filled with indoor and outdoor nature activities and presentations. Each year, about 200 four foot tall sandhill cranes winter on Galveston Island, roosting in shallow wetlands and coming out to feed during the day. According to Julie Ann Brown of the Nature Tourism Council, the cranes even act a lot like people: “They primp and they put on makeup. They dance, sing, yell. They choose their mates based on their dancing skills.” An enjoyable event for birders and nature enthusiasts alike. Holiday With the Cranes is held throughout Galveston Island on December 8th-9th. Admission prices vary by event and time.

Visit Winter Events at Moody Gardens

Stop by Moody Gardens, one of Galveston’s top attractions, for special winter events. In Ice Land: Pole to Pole, a team of master ice carvers will carve 2 million pounds of ice into reindeer, polar bears, penguins, and more. Don’t forget to slide down the giant glacier slide, or take a spin on the ice at Galveston Island’s only outdoor ice rink. Also at Moody Gardens is the Festival of Lights, a one-mile long trail of more than one million lights. Moody Gardens is located at One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX, and open daily from November 17-January 6th. Admission prices vary by event and time. Save $5 by visiting before December 20th.

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