Things to do in Galveston this weekend of December 2 | Dickens on The Strand

Things to do in Galveston this weekend of December 2 | Dickens on The Strand | Image Credit: Dickens on the Strand

Here are our top things to do in Galveston this weekend of December 2, 2022: Dickens on The Strand, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, Holiday Delights 2022 at The Bryan Museum, Holiday Afternoon Tea at The San Luis Resort, and lots more!

The Galveston Calendar of Events 2022 is full of exciting activities. And this month is no different!

Also, remember to also check out our recent posts on Things to do in Galveston in December 2022, Pecan Grove Christmas Lights 2022 Guide, Galaxy lights Houston 2022, Christmas tree farm Houston 2022, and Guide to Santa’s Wonderland 2022!


Deal Alert –  Segway Galveston Sunset Tour – 2 adults for just $66.67

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Catch the sunset at the Port of Galveston during this guided Segway tour along the city’s seawall, enjoying time to visit the historic Murdoch’s Souvenir Shop, admire the Tall Ship Elissa, and more. Visit more places than you could on foot—thanks to your personal Segway—and benefit from your guide’s local insight throughout.

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Best Things to do in Galveston this Weekend of December 2, 2022 – Friday

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

What: Prepare to enjoy a merry trip down this mile-long path lined with more than two million lights and illuminated images set to seasonal music as it winds through the Moody Gardens grounds and offers breathtaking views of Galveston Bay. Along the route, there are lots of photo and selfie opportunities, as well as stops where you may view Star the Dancing Tree of Light, hot cocoa, S’mores by the fire, and other holiday fares.

When: Friday to Sunday, December 2-4, 2022, 4 pm to 10 pm| Runs until January 7, 2023
Where: 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: Starts at $21 for Children and $25 for Adults


Dickens on The Strand

Dickens on The Strand

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What: Dickens on The Strand, presented by the Galveston Historical Foundation, is in its 49th year. The annual festival, which has excellent family entertainment, musical performances, unique events, and more, is held the first weekend in December. The Dickens on The Strand celebration includes parades, nonstop entertainment on four stages, new additions including Tiny Tim’s Play Land and Shopkeeper Skills Village, and wandering characters.

Dickens on The Strand is based on 19th-century Victorian London. A variety of holiday-themed gifts, food and beverages, crafts made in the Victorian style, apparel, jewelry, and holiday decorations are all sold by costumed sellers from street stalls and rolling carts.

When: Friday to Sunday, December 2-4, 2022, 2:30 pm
Where: 2002 The Strand, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
How much: Starts at $20 | Check here for specific ticket prices per event


East End Holiday Homes Tour

What: The annual Holiday Homes Tour has been announced by the East End Historic District Association. Visit and check out the exquisitely adorned Victorian-era homes, enjoy the carolers, and perhaps catch a sight of Santa Claus. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the season!

When: Friday to Saturday, December 2-3, 2022, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 1501 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550, United States


Holiday Delights 2022 | A Texas-Size Christmas

Holiday Delights 2022 | A Texas-Size Christmas

Image Credit: The Bryan Museum

What: Come to this event for a family-friendly evening of holiday cheer! A Christmas tree lighting, a petting zoo, an elf hunt, food trucks, crafts, music, free books for kids, pictures with Santa, and possibly snow are just a few of the events planned. This event is free to the public and includes entry into all the Museum exhibits.

When: Friday, December 2, 2022, 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: 1315 21st St, Galveston, TX 77550, United States


The Polar Express Train Ride

What: Relive the enchantment of the legendary story as The Polar Express whisks you away for a one-hour voyage to visit Santa. Santa and his helpers board the train, just as in the movie, to welcome and present gifts to the passengers. There will be onboard entertainment, dancing cooks serving hot cocoa and pastries, as well as wonderful memories to be made. For the journey, families are invited to dress in their jammies!

When: Friday to Sunday, December 2-4, 2022, 2:30 pm | Runs until December 23, 2022
Where: Galveston Railroad Museum,  2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: From $52.50


Holiday Afternoon Tea at The San Luis Resort

Holiday Afternoon Tea at The San Luis Resort

What: Tis’ the season to start a new holiday tradition with a festive afternoon tea set in the extravagantly decorated Grand Foyer of The San Luis Resort!

When: Friday, December 2, 2022,  3 pm to 5 pm
Where: 5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, United States
How much: $45-$100


Deal Alert – 4 Hour Guided Fishing Tour

Top 11 Things to do in Galveston This Weekend of December 2, 2022 include Dickens on The Strand, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, and more!

Have been recognized as being the best fishing charter in the clear lake kemah area. Catch Redfish, Flounder, Bay Snapper near the Houston waterfront aka The Kemah Boardwalk. Trip includes all fishing equipment, live bait when available, fish cleaning

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Things to do in Galveston on Saturday, December 3, 2022

Dinner Cruise – French Buffet

Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise – French Buffet

What: Enjoy a dinner buffet and a cash bar on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat while taking in lovely views of Offats Bayou. For this weekend’s cruise, it will be serving French cuisine! A French Buffet menu is available, which includes your favorite french dishes such as French Bistro Salad, Chicken Coq Au Vin, Beef Burgundy, Roasted Asparagus and Baby Carrots, Gratin Potatoes, Chocolate Cheesecake, and Pecan Tarts.

When: 3 December 2022 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, United States
How much: Starts at $90


Sunrise Yoga on The Beach

What: Watch the beautiful sunrise with your friends and family as SUP Gulf Coast hosts Yoga on the Beach together with the Yoga Haven. The sounds of the ocean and birds will greet you when you awaken with the sun. Grab a paddle board or surfboard after yoga and head outside to catch a glimpse of dolphins or enjoy the waves.
When: 3 December 2022 | 7:00 am to 8:00 am
Where: 29th Street & Seawall on the sand (near Lifeguard tower 27) Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: $15 (add $10 to paddle or surf board after)


Jazz Express Saturday

What: Are you a jazz fan looking for an excellent way to spend your Saturday in Galveston? Then you are in for a treat at The Tremont House as it serenades its guests with a fantastic night of beautiful Jazz sounds.

When: 3 December 2022 | 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: 2300 Ship Mechanic Row Galveston, Texas
How much: Free entry


Deal Alert – Save up to 22% on Galveston Pleasure Pier rides & Landry’s restaurant meal 

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Spend the day soaring over the Gulf on thrilling roller coasters and amusement-park rides, then dine at a Landry’s restaurant along the pier. 

Galveston Pleasure Pier offers one of the finest views of The Gulf of Mexico—right before its Iron Shark plunges you down a 100-foot, greater-than-vertical drop at 52 miles per hour. The coaster is just one of many amusement park rides dominating the Pier. For an extreme view, take a panoramic spin on the 230-foot-high Texas Star Flyer. Afterward, test your luck at the games on the Midway, then tuck into a bucket of shrimp or a sizzling steak at the Pier’s Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

  • The rides: There’s something for the whole family, from intense coasters to the Pirate’s Plunge log flume to the kid-friendly carousels and teacup rides.
  • The restaurants: You’ll find a Landry’s restaurant for every taste within minutes of the Pier. Out with the kids? Head to Rainforest Cafe. Date night? Try Saltgrass Steakhouse or Landry’s Seafood. Just need a break? Grab a drink and some casual seafood at Bubba Gump’s.
  • The shops: If you’re looking for a souvenir, prove you survived the Iron Shark with a tee at the Pelican’s Bag or grab a bag of nostalgic sweets from Lolli & Pop’s for the ride home.

Discounted Tickets for Galveston Pleasure Pier and Landry’s Restaurant

2 All-Day Ride Passes + $50 Landry’s eGift Card: $105.98 $85, 19% Off!!!

4 All-Day Ride Passes + $100 Landry’s eGift Card: $211.96 $165, 22% Off


Things to do in Galveston this Weekend of December 2, 2022 – Sunday

Wine & Whiskey Dinner at Porch Cafe

What: Come to this event to savor a delicious four-course evening feast prepared by the Executive Chef of Port Cafe. Each course of the dinner is accompanied with a wine or whiskey pairing, along with a description of how each dish pairs with the others.
When: 4 December 2022 | 6:15 pm
Where: 1625 E Beach Dr #2A, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
How much: $75


Galveston’s Own Farmers Market

What: Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, founded in 2012, is dedicated to connecting our community to local foods year-round through weekly farmers markets, food access initiatives, school gardens, and health and food education opportunities.
When: 4 December 2022 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 2822 Market Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: Free entry


Deal Alert – Explore Galveston History with a Segway Tour – just $77.13 for 2 Adults! 

Top 11 Things to do in Galveston This Weekend of December 2, 2022 include Dickens on The Strand, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, and more!

See many of Galveston’s top attractions in a single excursion—and enjoy a fun and fast-paced way to explore—on this Segway tour of the city. Pick between several daily departure times, meet your guide, and get acquainted with your Segway. Once you feel comfortable, set off and discover key city highlights.

Tour the Strand Historic District, admire the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, spot the Moody Mansion, and much more. This introductory tour is perfect for first-time or time-pressed visitors Discover the best of Galveston, all in a single excursion Segways, helmets, and safety training are all provided for your ease Multiple daily tour times are available to suit your schedule

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