Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel is hosting its  eleventh annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 23 at 6:00 p.m. featuring performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs and dance groups 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 Craig Brown. KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney will emcee the event. 

Guests will be entertained by Galveston Community Band directed by Doyle Neuwiller, Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy and Ambassadors Preparatory Academy Fine Arts Ambassadors led by Anita Donato, and Trinity School Choir led by Laura Hyatt. New this year is the DLS Dance Studio under the direction of Tatiana Verega. The evening concludes with a performance by the Galveston Ballet under the direction of Janel Amsallem. 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. 

For information on the Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration, please call the hotel at (409) 765-7721.

Hotel Galvez is also hosting Sunday Brunch with Santa on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests are invited to take pictures with Santa and all will leave with a courtesy gift from Santa. For brunch reservations, call (409) 765-7721 or book via Open Table.  

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

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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.