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Island Holiday 10 Reasons to Head to Galveston This Season by leah cast

Photos Courtesy Galveston Island CVB.

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holiday getaway to a tropical destination may sound unconventional, but on Galveston Island, the experience is surprisingly full of

tradition. Located just 50 miles south of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston’s mix of historic charm and modern family fun have made it a regional favorite for the Christmas season. From lighting festivals and Santa sightings to holiday shopping or indulging in what is arguably the best pecan pie in Texas, Galveston offers plenty of reasons to visit this November and December.

1. Dickens on The Strand The first weekend in Decem-

ber, the majestic iron-front buildings found in Galveston’s historic downtown district will make the perfect backdrop for the 43rd annual Dickens on The Strand. This holiday street festival transforms the area, particularly Strand Street, into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens complete with costumed characters, street performers and vendors, parades, holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts and more. Each year, descendents of Charles Dickens travel from London to be a part of the festivities, and attendees are

encouraged to join in the fun by dressing in period costumes.

2. Festival of Lights Nothing will put you in the holiday spirit more than a magical walk through Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. This milelong trail features more than a million lights and animated light displays with stops along the way to grab hot cocoa, go Left: Festival-goers don period costumes during Dickens on the Strand. Bottom: The magical Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. Right: Just one of the many stunning sculpture displays at ICE LAND.

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