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Coastal Galveston Bay, washed by Gulf of Mexico waters, boasts a warm climate all year round. Therefore, you can spend a lot of time here outdoors even in December, enjoying twinkling holiday decorations, vibrant events, and attractions. Take a walk in the beautiful Moody Gardens, adorned with millions of lights or stroll through the coastal Kemah Boardwalk. Historical Downtown Galveston is one of the best-decorated areas in the city. The 36-block district glows and sparkles with thousands of lights, offering some Victorian-style merriment during November and December. Not to mention excellent Gulf seafood and shopping!
Bolivar Christmas Festival (November 28, 2020)
Bolivar Peninsula is one of the best vacation destinations in Galveston. Its annual Bolivar Christmas Festival promises a full day of family fun and shopping for unique gifts, such as arts, crafts, holiday decor, furniture, clothing, and jewelry. Entertainment includes live music, holiday-themed performances, and a special appearance by Santa. The event takes place at Festival Park in Crystal Beach, TX, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Christmas Boat Parade (December 12, 2020)
The spectacular sight of more than 60 lavishly decorated and illuminated power and sailboats crossing Clear Lake attracts more than 100,000 spectators every year. The Christmas Boat Parade route runs through Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay. You can watch the parade from land on Kemah Boardwalk or from one of the boats anchored on Clear Lake. The event starts at 6 pm.
Christmas Market at Haak Winery (November 29, 2020)
Haak Winery, located in Santa Fe, TX, is another holiday destination in the Galveston area. From noon to 5 pm, Haak Vineyards & Winery hosts a day of relaxation and Christmas shopping. Lots of gift ideas from artisans and vendors are guaranteed. And don't forget to sample some of the award-winning Haak wine.