Things to do in Galveston this weekend of November 25 | The Polar Express Train Ride

Things to do in Galveston this weekend of November 25 | The Polar Express Train Ride | Image Credit: Galveston Railroad Museum

Here are our top things to do on a budget in Galveston this weekend (November 25-27): The Polar Express Train Ride, Moody Gardens Nutcracker Market, Christmas Tree Lighting at the Grand Galvez, The Gatlin Brothers – Country & Christmas, 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 Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2022, Santa Pictures Houston 2022, Things to do in Galveston in December, Black Friday 2022 store hours near you in Houston, Houston Winter Camp Guide 2022, and Christmas Tree Lighting Houston 2022!


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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 November 25, 2022 – Friday

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Grand Galvez

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Grand Galvez

Image Credit: Visit Galveston

What: santa Claus will make an appearance at the Grand Galvez’s annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 25, along with the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree, to usher in the holiday season. The event is held on the hotel’s expansive front lawn, which is flanked with palm trees.

After the tree lighting, the Galveston Symphony Brass Ensemble will perform seasonal favorites, followed by a performance of a melody of variations from “The Nutcracker” by the Galveston Ballet.

When: 25 November 2022 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
How much: Free


ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas

What: Visit the Moody Gardens and experience ICE LAND: A Caribbean Christmas! This annual event will be returning with an underwater theme and thrilling guest experiences. From the shores of Galveston Island, visitors will set out on an incredible underwater voyage through the Gulf of Mexico. You will come across sunken treasures and Christmas surprises as you delve into the ocean’s depths.

When: 25 November 2022 to January 7, 2023 | 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: From $21


The Polar Express Train Ride

The Polar Express Train Ride

Image Credit: Galveston Railroad Museum

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: 25 November 2022 to December 23, 2022 | 2:30 pm
Where: Galveston Railroad Museum,  2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: From $52.50


Festival of Lights

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: 25 November 2022 to January 7, 2023 | 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: Starts at $21 for Children and $25 for Adults


Red Drum Fishing Tournament

What: The annual Red Drum Tournament is almost coming to and end so better get your game on and head out to join the competition this weekend at Seawolf Park! All you need to do is fish out for the HEAVIEST LEGAL RED DRUM in the Gulf and win great prizes!

1st PLACE: $400 GRAND PRIZE + One Year Fishing Pass – Parking Included
2nd PLACE: $200 + One Year Fishing Pass – *Parking Not Included
3rd PLACE: $100.00 + 6-Month Fishing Pass – *Parking Not Included
4th PLACE: 6-Month Parking Pass – *Fishing Not Included

When: 25-27 November 2022 | Ends November 30, 2022
Where: 100 Seawolf Park Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: Entry fee $25


Deal Alert – 4 Hour Guided Fishing Tour

Top 12 things to do in Galveston this weekend of November 25, 2022 include The Polar Express Train Ride, Moody Gardens Nutcracker Market, and more!

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Things to do in Galveston this Weekend – Saturday, November 26, 2022

Moody Gardens Nutcracker Market

What: The Moody Gardens Nutcracker Market is in a lovely season this time of year. Southern Style Events is the organizer. Bring the family along for an entire day of shopping! We’ll have a Santa photo opportunity for free! $5 is the door price for admission; children under 5 are free.

When: 26 November 2022 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: From $5


Holiday Tree Lighting in Downtown Galveston

Holiday Tree Lighting in Downtown Galveston

Image Credit: Visit Galveston

What: The Moody Gardens Nutcracker Market is in a lovely season this time of year. Southern Style Events is the organizer. Bring the family along for an entire day of shopping! We’ll have a Santa photo opportunity for free! $5 is the door price for admission; children under 5 are free.

When: 26 November 2022 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 2302 Strand St, Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: Free


The Gatlin Brothers – Country & Christmas

The Gatlin Brothers - Country & Christmas

Image Credit: The Grand 1894 Opera House

Don’t miss this holiday concert with The Gatlin Brothers — Larry, Steve, & Rudy — at The Grand 1894 Opera House! 

The Gatlin Brothers are Grammy® award-winners who have dazzled audiences for more than six decades. They have accrued a lifetime of noteworthy achievements in their storybook career, including a Grammy® for Best Country Song (“Broken Lady”), three ACM awards for Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead), and so many more! 

When: 26 November 2022 | 8 pm
Where: The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: From $31.50


Countdown to Christmas Stories

Countdown to Christmas Stories

Image Credit: Rosenberg Library

What: The Rosenberg Library is unwrapping a children’s book and reading it with you and your family in the Children’s Department each of the 25 days the library is open before Christmas! Plus, get the chance to enjoy a seasonal treat after the reading.

When: 26 November 2022 | 4:30 pm 
Where: 2310 Sealy Ave, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
How Much: Free


Galveston Artwalk

What: Come for an exciting art walk which is hosted on the island every six to eight weeks in partnership with downtown galleries, artist studios, nonprofits and local businesses. Bring your friends and family for an enriching experience that will introduce you to the wonders of all the existing art spaces in Galveston and the artworks on display.
When: 26 November 2022
Where: 2127 Strand Galveston, TX 77550
How much: Free admission


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

Image 1: Up to 22% Off Pleasure Pier Passes + Landry's eGift Card

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 – Sunday, November 27, 2022

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: 27 November 2022 | 6:15 pm
Where: 1625 E Beach Dr #2A, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
How much: $75


Galveston’s Own Farmers Market

Galveston's Own Farmers Market

Image Credit: 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: 27 November 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 12 things to do in Galveston this weekend of November 25, 2022 include The Polar Express Train Ride, Moody Gardens Nutcracker Market, 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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