Escape the crowded malls this holiday season and instead opt for shopping in Galveston’s historic downtown and enjoy one of Texas’ most distinctive outdoor shopping districts. Santa Claus will make a special appearance in historic downtown Galveston as part of Santa on The Strand from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. Children can visit with Santa and take pictures in front of the park’s Christmas Tree. The Nesquik Bunny will also visit with children, courtesy of Nestle Toll House Café. Children will receive a gift from Santa as part of their visit compliments of the Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership.
 
In case of inclement weather, Santa on The Strand will be moved to the lobby of Old Galveston Square, 2211 Strand. Shopping in historic downtown Galveston offers a charming alternative to crowded mall shopping during this busy holiday season. Santa on The Strand is sponsored by the Head to Footsies, Nestle Toll House Café, Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership, and Mitchell Historic Properties.
 
For information, call Nestle Toll House Café at (409) 621-2253.