Galveston Island tourism is making a comeback just in time for the holiday season. Hotel accommodations, a variety of attractions and tours, as well as many restaurants are open for business. From special events to Christmas dinners and Santa sightings, there is something fun and exciting for the family to enjoy every weekend.
I'm always getting calls about Hurricane Ike damaged and if we are even open. Well, the city has been quickly cleaning the Island to prepare for a busy holiday season and its many expected guests.
Many of Galveston’s events continue to take place in spite of Ike and are the first events since the storm. Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens which opened November 22 with tours happening every weekend through December, and taking place daily December 18. Moody Gardens is also hosting its first dinner theater show, beginning December 18, called “The Gift of Christmas Live,” an exhilarating musical presentation blending traditional and original holiday songs.
The Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) committed to hosting the annual Dickens on the Strand just weeks after the storm and this year’s 35th Victorian festival will once again take place on The Strand with hundreds of vendors, costumed guests and street performers.
Famous Island attractions are also open during this festive season including decorated historic homes, Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace. The Lone Star Flight Museum and the Ocean Star Drilling and Oil Rig Museum project to be open in December as well. The Tall Ship Elissa has been open for tours since one month after the hurricane and continues to have discounted tickets for tours through December.
The 1894 Grand Opera House is planning a celebration for its 114th birthday, and officially reopens on January 3 after sustaining minor damages from the storm. The celebration will include birthday cake and free daytime entertainment for all. Jerry Jeff Walker will perform the first show since Hurricane Ike that evening on the stage of the Grand.
So there really is plenty to do here right now...not as much as in the summer but it will fill the need for relaxing and some curiosity. However I do recommend that you contact the hotel of your choice directly NOT THROUGH A TRAVEL AGENT OR NATIONAL CHAIN> they don't all have the correct booking information. Only 400 hotel rooms out of 5,000 we have on the Island are completely closed.
For a complete list of open hotel accommodations, attractions and Galveston events, call the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau toll-free at 1-888-GAL-ISLE or visit www.galveston.com.
Also please let me know if you have any questions or concern, I'd be happy to be honest with you.