Galveston as seen from the Gulf of Mexico

I have been lucky enough to have lived all over Texas at one time or another – from Big Spring to Kilgore and from Pampa to Galveston and all points in between. I’d say that that covers a good hunk of the state. Galveston has to be one of my favorite places I’ve lived, if for no other reason than there’s water everywhere. It is an island after all.

The Sinking Sandbar as Galveston is sometimes called is rich in history and tradition. One of the newer traditions is the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. I lived in Galveston in the mid-80’s and this year is the ninth year od the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights, so it’s a new thing for me. Galveston.com fills us in, “Festival of Lights is the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event, receiving more than 85,000 visitors annually. It includes a mile-long trail of more than a million lights and 100 sound-enhanced animated displays sparkling over the beautiful Galveston Bay. Every year, Santa Claus starts the festival magic by parachuting in to Moody Gardens to flip a switch that transforms the 242-acre property into a glistening wonderland.”

In addition to the Festival of Lights, which incidently are open daily through New Years Day, there’s also the IMAX 3D holiday film, Ridefilm, Discovery Museum, Aquarium Pyramid, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and outdoor ice skating rink, can be purchased for $5 each when accompanied by a Festival of Lights ticket. If you’d like to get more info, give ’em a holler at 800-582-4673.

I can tell from personal experience that Galveston is a great place to visit for everyone in your family. If you’ve never been to Galveston, how about taking a look at it before you decide whether you are going or not? The city has many webcams set up so you can get a sneek peek at what the place looks like. Check out the Galveston.com home page for more interesting places to visit while you are on the island. The Bishop’s Palace is probably the best-known building in Galveston and is a stunning place to see up close. Click the link and you’ll see why.

That’s a thumbnail sketch of what’s happening at Christmas time in Galveston. If you’ll click on the links above, there’s a ton of stuff to do that I didn’t mention here. In particular, take the time to navigate the Galveston.com site. it’s full of great information about the Sinkin’ Sandbar.

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