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Holiday Happenings on Galveston Island, TX

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Holidays surrounding Christmas time are extremely busy as everyone has days off from school and work. It’s that time of the year when families come together to enjoy the season and most importantly some quality family time. Various events are happening on Galveston Island during the holiday season. 

Galveston Island is home to many many fun events that occur as soon as winter starts. There are various places where these festivities take place so let’s look at what you can do when you’re on Galveston Island.

Moody Gardens

Over eight holiday attractions take place at Moody Gardens. The two most popular ones are the Festival of Lights and Iceland: Christmas around the world.

The Festival of Lights is a traditional event that brings together friends and families. Moody Gardens is set up with more than a million lights creating a beautiful illusion onto Galveston Bay. Bring your friends and family and take a leisurely stroll through the twinkling lights.

Iceland: Christmas around the world is without a doubt the highlight of the holiday season. Millions of pounds of ice were carved by professionals who create an unforgettable scene of Christmas all over the world.

You will have a taste of other cultures as you travel around the world. From Russia to Egypt and China, it will be a mind-blowing trip that you will relish. On the Giant Ice Slide, you will find yourself atop the stately Eiffel Tower only to glide your way off to see the likes of distant places like Australia, Holland, and Rio, not to mention Santa Claus. At temperatures of just 9 degrees, it’s chilly over here, so you better arm yourself with gloves and hats. Fortunately, you will also be provided with a parka to beat the cold.

Strand Historic District

Galveston’s historic downtown district will host Downtown Lasers & Lights featuring new laser shows, a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park. Highlights at Saengerfest Park include a 30 foot tall Christmas tree and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on weekends. You don’t want to leave your camera behind so you can take great shots that you will cherish for years to come. In addition, lights will be hung on The Strand from 20th to 25th streets and also along 23rd and Postoffice streets. 

New this year is a four-hour holiday laser light show synchronized to music. The light show will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22.

Take a leisurely stroll throughout the Strand area and tackle some of your holiday shopping at the district’s many gift shops, boutiques, art galleries and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture.

Grand Opera House

The experience of Grand Opera House is one of a kind. Symphonies from the Vienna Boys Choir, Jerry Jeff Walker and Bandstand are played so people can relate to the season. Classics such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are a must watch!

Galveston Caszatt Condos

Thousands of people make their way to Galveston Island during the holiday season. All tourists look for comfortable and cost effective places to stay. One of the places that offer cost effective lodging during the holiday season is Galveston Caszatt Condos. They have three different types of condos for their guests. 

  • Iseazatt View Condo
  • Seazatt View Condo
  • Useazatt View Condo

Each condo offered by Galveston Caszatt Condos has a unique aspect to it so you can choose whichever you like. It is owned by a family that has 22 years experience in the hospitality industry. They are very particular about dealing with their guests and wish to give them the best service possible.

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A Christmas Festival On Galveston Island,TX

Dickens On The Strand

The 46th annual Dickens on the Strand Christmas Festival returns to Galveston Island, TX on Friday, December 6, 2019 and continues until Sunday, December 8, 2019. It is a three-day street festival which takes place in the Historic Strand District. With most of the Strand area’s architecturally rich buildings now restored, Galveston’s historic downtown provides the perfect backdrop for this internationally acclaimed family holiday event.

The festival is a holiday tradition featuring parades, non-stop entertainment, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers.

Our favorite parades are the Queen’s Parade and the Victorian Bed Race parade. The Queen’s Parade is held both Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Victorian Bed Race parade is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. It’s always a crowd favorite and pits 5-person teams against each other for a footrace down Galveston’s historic streets. We also suggest the Pickwick’s Lanternlight Parade.

History

Dickens on the Strand was established in 1974. Tourists visit Galveston Island to celebrate this festival and to re-live the era of Charles Dickens. It revolves around the Victorian London of the 19th Century. You honestly feel like your back in time. Besides offering some wonderful entertainment, this festival is also known for the best shopping experiences as well. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.

The festival is sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Every year, this festival attracts between 5,000 to 20,000 visitors. Approximately 100 to 500 exhibitors participate in the festival.

Details Of The Festival

This year’s festival kicks off Friday, December 6th at 5 p.m. and concludes Sunday, December 8th at 6 p.m. There is a lot of entertainment which people come across during this festival. There are six stages, a lot of jugglers, carolers, musicians who play the best tunes and music, bagpipers and ongoing parades.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 7-12 for Saturday or Sunday. We want to share some good news with you. Your ticket price also includes admission to London Wharf (Pier 21) and the 1877 ELISSA, the Official Tall Ship of Texas. The ELISSA is an authentic Dickens-era artifact.

Friday night admission is free and Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for ½ price.

Conclusion

Dickens on the Strand is one of the most exciting festivals on Galveston Island. The tourists who come to Galveston Island are warmly welcomed. The weekend weather forecast calls for perfect festival weather with temperatures in the mid 60’s with no rain. We encourage to come on down to the island to experience this fantastic festival. We have availability at Galveston Caszatt Condos. Mention this blog post and we’ll discount 15% off the nightly rate. We strive to offer comfortable, competitively priced condos in a casual, coastal themed environment.

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Scary Ghost Tours On Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a great place to visit during Halloween time. It offers a lot of different ghost tours that are based on real-life events and experiences. Through these tours, you can learn a lot about the past and present haunting experiences in Galveston. Let’s take a look at some of the ghost tours on Galveston Island.

Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston

One of the best ghost tours on the island. Dash Beardsley offer ghost tours that are based on authentic information gathered through different evidence and the local’s account. This tour also focuses on the recent and new paranormal experiences as shared by the locals. This tour consists of three parts. i.e. Original Ghost Tour On The Strand, Restless Spirits Tour, and the Secret Society Cemetery Tour. The tours usually last for 2 hours however you will never get bored in those 2 hours.

Galveston Lantern Light Ghost Tours

This is one of the oldest tours on Galveston Island. The Lantern Light Ghost Tours are arranged every month. Each month has its significance when it comes to paranormal activities and experiences. October is a very busy month for Galveston Lantern Light Ghost Tours. This is because most countries in the world celebrate Halloween in October. These tours include real paranormal experiences. You will be able to learn a lot about the past and present paranormal activities on Galveston. All these ghost tours are based on the real life experiences of the locals of Galveston.

Historic Galveston Ghost Tours

Historic Galveston Ghost Tours tell you a lot about the rich and haunting history of Galveston. The tours are scary yet very informative. These tours may be haunting but they will make you come back to Galveston every year. The stories you will hear on these tours are going to be unmatched but what makes these stories more haunting is the fact that these stories are based on real life events and experiences. 

Galveston Caszatt Condos

Every year hundreds of people visit Galveston Island to spend their vacations. If you don’t know anyone on the island then one of your biggest concerns would be to find accommodations. Galveston Caszatt Condos offers a comfortable and competitive condo for you to stay in. We have three different condos which are all located on Seawall Boulevard. We have one ocean view condo and two oceanfront condos. The view of the ocean adds a lot of value to the entire condo living experience.

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Galveston Guided Driving History Tour

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Galveston Historic Tour
2328 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 789-9911

Galveston Historic Tour offers a guided driving history tour on Galveston Island, TX.  The hour long daily tours is on a 14 passenger climate controlled van.  

The sightseeing tour gives tourists an overview of Galveston’s history, sights, and attractions.  The live narrated tour also includes local shops and restaurants, so tourists will know where the locals go. The sights include the Broadway Beauties, Historic Downtown, the Strand, the Harbor, the East End Historic District, the Tree Carvings, and more.

The Galveston Historic Tour schedule is Sunday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  The tours depart from the back parking lot of the Galveston Visitor Center at Ashton Villa located at 2328 Broadway.   Tours are by reservation only, and can be made by calling 409-789-9911.

Tour prices are adults $12, teenagers 13-17 $10, children 6-12 $5, and children 5 and under are free.

This is a great value.  It’s a snapshot of historic sites that Galveston Island has to offer.  A recent TripAdvisor review “The guide was very informative and we learned so much about the fascinating history of Galveston”.  

Galveston Historic Tours is rated one of the tops in Galveston.  The owner and tour guide, Joseph R. Pellerin, is a third generation Glavestonian and BOI (Born on the Island). 

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Galveston Island July 4th Fireworks

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Nothing says “summer on Galveston Island” better than the 4th of July spectacular fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico.  Don’t miss this wonderful evening with a glittering parade followed by a dazzling fireworks display over the Gulf.

Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:00 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 59th Street and ending at 25th Street.  After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.

 

Suggested Viewing Spots

The island famous Spot, located at 3204 Seawall Boulevard with open air deck seating is a great place to grab a bite to eat and watch the parade go by and then the awesome fireworks over the Gulf.  Galveston Brick House Tavern & Tap, located at 3502 Seawall Boulevard is another great spot with open air, covered seating to watch all the action. You’ll be able to see the fireworks in front of By The Sea Condominiums at 7310 Seawall Boulevard, but you won’t be able to hear them.  Hearing the bursts go hand in hand with the visual effect.

Free Concert at Hotel Galvez & Spa

The Galveston Community Band and friends have teamed up with the Hotel Galvez to present patriotic music before and during Galveston’s July 4th fireworks show. The band is performing from 8:45 p.m. through the conclusion of the fireworks.  Bring a chair or a blanket and settle down on the lawn of the Historic Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Boulevard for live music and fireworks. This is free to attend and always a fun family time.

Seawall Boulevard Parking

Paid parking areas include the north and south sides of Seawall Boulevard from 6th to 69th Street.  It’s $1.00 per hour or a maximum of $8.00 per day.  Paid parking is enforced from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.  PayByPhone is the only payment method for the Galveston Seawall Boulevard area. The location code for the Galveston Seawall is 5004.

Street Closures 

By 5:30 P.M. on July 4th, City crews will begin closing streets and detouring traffic in the immediate vicinity of the parade route. Vehicular traffic headed eastbound on Seawall Boulevard will be diverted north on 61st Street and westbound traffic will be diverted north on 23rd Street. Temporary “no parking zones” along Seawall Boulevard will also be in place for both the parade and fireworks display.

Friendly Reminders

The Galveston Fire Department reminds the public that fireworks are NOT permitted within the City of Galveston’s city limits. The Galveston Fire Department is urging the public to take every precaution to ensure a safe, fun holiday.

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Explore Galveston Island On A Electric Scooter

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Do you want to explore Galveston Island without the hassle of driving, finding a parking spot and paying for parking?  Grab a Crab at Crab Scooters located at 714 25th Street on Galveston Island, TX and explore Galveston Island on a rented motorized scooter.

The scooters travel about 15 miles per hour and have an 18 mile range. The scooters provides tourists a low-cost, environmentally friendly form of transportation that hasn’t been offered on the island before.  All ages enjoy riding the scooter from teens to baby boomers. “You can’t ride one of these things without smiling,”

It’s basically an online service with local delivery.  Similar to Uber or Lyft, Crab Scooters are delivered directly to the rider and then picked up once a rider is done travelling.  

As of now, the rider request the scooters  by calling 409-443-5277.  Crab Scooters hopes to have an app ready soon for the rider to order a scooter.  Riders must be 18 to ride and a 5 minute safety and traffic etiquette class are provided upon delivery.  

It costs $15 for the first hour to rent a Crab Scooter and $10 for every hour after. However, check Crab Scooters Facebook Page for specials such as all day for $20 every Monday through Thursday and $30 all day Friday through Sunday.

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Galveston Vintage Beach Revue May 18, 2019

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Galveston’s vintage past meets present-day fun for the Eleventh Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue. The 2019 Revue takes place Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Beach Central, located at 2102 Seawall Boulevard.  The Revue is free and offers family fun in the sun and includes the Bathing Beauties Contest, the Bands and Bombshells Concerts, and the Hot Rod and Classic Car Show.

The annual Revue showcases vintage-inspired fun, headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest.  The Revue takes place from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Contestants are chosen based on the quality of their vintage or vintage-inspired swimsuit.  2019 contestants are from Texas, Oklahoma, California, New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana, and Colorado.

This is the first year the Galveston Historic Foundation is involved with the Beach Revue.  Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Executive Director, said “This event is a fun and inspirational time to revisit an old island tradition. It celebrates the beach and our tourism industry all with a nod to our fascinating history.”

History of Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest

Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest began in the summer of 1920 and marked the kick-off for tourist season each year.  By 1928, the event had become so popular, the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties Contest ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression.  It was resurrected and renamed The Galveston Island Beach Revue in 2009, in direct response to Hurricane Ike.

Bands & Bombshell Concerts

The 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue isn’t just great competitors and vintage cars. It’s also a stage for great vintage and vintage-inspired music. The music is a crowd pleasure and family fun should be had by all.

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  • Swimwear Department 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • The Broken Spokes 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Dandy Wellington & His Band 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hot Rod & Classic Car Show

Hot rods, rat rods, vintage trailers and more line up to take part in the Galveston Island Beach Hot Rod & Classic Car show on Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd. Admission is free for the general public to view the cars and is part of a full day of vintage-inspired programming.

Food & Vintage Vendors

Beach Revue 2019 expands this year with food trucks, novelty options, and the return of our vintage vendor area. Featuring can’t-miss vintage and vintage-inspired items, this specially curated vendor market will be available for shopping from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until the end of the Bathing Beauties Contest.

Traffic and parking will be a challenge, therefore we recommend using the Galveston Island Trolley Bus. Seazatt View Condo and Useazatt View Condo are a short .2 mile walk to the bus stop located at 69th street and Seawall Boulevard.

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What To Do – Putt Putt Golf

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Magic Carpet Golf Galveston Island, TX

Magic Carpet Golf
9030 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409)740-2000

Magic Carpet Golf is a premier putt putt golf course located on popular Seawall Boulevard on Galveston Island, TX.  It sits across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. Every hole on the front course offers an ocean view with an amazing breeze. It’s easy access and free parking.

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Magic Carpet Golf has been wowing kids and families for years. It features two colorful, fun-filled 18-hole courses for your enjoyment. The courses are loaded with animated twists, turns, and trickery that will keep you entertained for hours.

The price is reasonable at $10 per adult and $7 for children. Cash only. After playing, enjoy a Hawaiian shaved ice so you can hydrate and cool off, especially in the hot summer Texas sun.

It’s located 5 “short” blocks from Iseazatt View Condo. After spending a day at the beach, take a leisurely stroll with the family and create some memories playing putt putt golf.

Travel Tip created by Cat Caszatt in association with Vacation Soup

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Galveston Island Sapori Italian Restaurant

Sapori Italian Restaurant Galveston Island

Our favorite italian restaurant on Galveston Island, TX is Sapori Italian Restaurant.  Sapori’s is located at 7611 Steward Road. It’s a .3 mile or a 6 minute walk from both Seazatt View Condo and Useazatt View Condo.

Sapori Italian Restaurant is family owned and offers Old World-style favorites.  Their specialities include spaghetti with eggplant, home made ravioli, and Sicilian riccota dumplings.  All entries are hand prepared, so plan on a 1 1/2 to 2 hour dining experience.

We suggest starting with the Arancini or Rice Balls. They are made with sweet peas, rag’u sauce and mozzarella cheese.  There are 4 to an order and they are a good size.  All entries are served with Insalata Mista salad and warm, crusty bread with fresh herb and olive oil dipping sauce.

Our favorite dishes are the Gamberi Al Marinara Pollo Alla Panna.  Portions are plentiful and we typically take leftovers home.

 

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Gamberi Al Marinara

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Polo Alla Panna

Another reason Sapori’s is our favorite italian restaurant is it’s BYOB. Diners are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or two. There is no corkage fee. The staff is friendly and they greet your table with wineglasses in hand. Our bill which includes 2 entrees and a appetizer is typically $60.

Sapori’s is a small place with a casual atmosphere with about 10 tables. It is closed on Mondays and opened Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They also have a lunch menu.

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Where To Eat

Sapori Italian Restaurant Galveston Island

Where To Eat Galveston Island Sapori Italian Restaurant

Our favorite italian restaurant on Galveston Island, TX is Sapori Italian Restaurant.  Sapori’s is located at 7611 Steward Road. It’s a .3 mile or a 6 minute walk from both Seazatt View Condo and Useazatt View Condo.

Sapori Italian Restaurant is family owned and offers Old World-style favorites.  Their specialities include spaghetti with eggplant, home made ravioli, and Sicilian riccota dumplings.  All entries are hand prepared, so plan on a 1 1/2 to 2 hour dining experience.

We suggest starting with the Arancini or Rice Balls. They are made with sweet peas, rag’u sauce and mozzarella cheese.  There are 4 to an order and they are a good size.  All entries are served with Insalata Mista salad and warm, crusty bread with fresh herb and olive oil dipping sauce.

Our favorite dishes are the Pollo Alla Panna and the Gamberi Al Marinara. Portions are plentiful and we typically take leftovers home.

GalvestonSaporiGamberiAlMarinara

Gamberi Al Marinara

GalvestonSaporiPolloAllaPanna

Pollo Alla Panna

Another reason Sapori’s is our favorite italian restaurant is it’s BYOB. Diners are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or two. There is no corkage fee. The staff is friendly and they greet your table with wineglasses in hand. Our bill which includes 2 entrees and a appetizer is typically $60.

Sapori’s is a small place with a casual atmosphere with about 10 tables. It is closed on Mondays and opened Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They also have a lunch menu.

Travel Tip created by Cat Caszatt in association with Vacation Soup

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