Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel is hosting its tenth annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m. featuring performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs and the Galveston Community Band. The Lighting Celebration is one of the more than 50 days of holiday fun in Galveston, the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas. The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration is an annual, free family event and marks the start of the official holiday season in Galveston. 

The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree with a count-down led by Santa Claus and Galveston’s Mayor Pro-Tem Terrilyn Tarlton Shannon. KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney will emcee the event. 

Guests will be entertained by Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy led by choir director Anita Donato, and Trinity School Choir led by Laura Hyatt. New this year is the Galveston Community Band directed by Doyle Neuwiller. The evening concludes with a performance by the Galveston Ballet. Dickens on The Strand’s Queen Victoria and other special characters will also make appearances during the festivities. Additionally, children can have photos taken with Santa Claus in the hotel’s Music Hall. Souvenir photos with Santa by KC Photography will be available for purchase for $15. 

Throughout the evening’s festivities, Hotel Galvez will accept monetary donations for the Salvation Army to help make the holidays brighter for all members of the community. 

Hotel Galvez & Spa is pleased to offer a Galveston Holiday Getaway Package Nov. 11 through Dec. 30, 2017. The package includes breakfast for two at Galvez Bar & Grill, two tickets to Moody Gardens’ Ice Land: Ice Sculptures, A Caribbean Christmas as well as complimentary valet and a courtesy shuttle to the Historic Strand District known for its shopping and dining. Visit our holiday page at for a listing of Galveston’s holiday events. See special offers at

About Hotel Galvez & Spa®
Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (409) 765-7721, or visit

About Wyndham Grand®
Wyndham Grand® is an ensemble of distinguished hotels that are approachable by design, representing one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodation, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. A part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the Wyndham Grand family currently consists of more than 40 locations around the world. Additional information is available at Most Wyndham Grand® hotels are franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or its affiliates. Certain Wyndham Grand hotels are owned or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC. Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels, encompassing more than 8,000 hotels and over 699,700 rooms in 79 countries.  Additional information is available at For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit

About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.