Thanksgiving on Galveston Island

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This Thanksgiving you deserve a break from cooking, cleaning, and entertaining family. And, if you’re wondering where you should spend Thanksgiving, book your vacation rental on Galveston Island. Here are our suggestions for Thanksgiving in Galveston.

Put these holiday activities on your list:

Moody Gardens Holiday in the Gardens. Moody Gardens features more than a million lights as part of its annual Festival of Lights, plus enjoy holiday 3D films, an arctic slide, train rides, Star: The Dancing Tree of Light, Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show, pictures with Santa, holiday dinners, and nightly fireside s’mores. Holiday in the Gardens is Nov. 20 thru Jan. 2. 

ArtWalk. ArtWalk is typically scheduled every six weeks and it’s always scheduled on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. Art galleries and shops stay open late, from 6 to 9 p.m., so locals and visitors can enjoy downtown Galveston. For a list of participating galleries and shops, visit the Galveston Arts Center website.  

Holiday Shows at The Grand. Everyone loves a Christmas show and you don’t have to travel far to see one. Check the calendar for the holiday shows featured at The Grand 1894 Opera House, located in Galveston’s Cultural Arts District on Postoffice Street.   

Holiday Shopping on the Galveston Strand. During the holiday season. Galveston’s historic downtown is transformed for the holidays. Look for added Christmas trees and holiday lights throughout The Strand District and Postoffice Street District as well as West Market.  

Historic Homes and Galveston Museums. Galveston’s Historic House Museums are always decorated for the holidays often with vintage-inspired decor. Make sure to stop by 1895 Moody Mansion and Museum, 2618 Broadway, and 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, to take a look. The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street, is another great stop. 

This year, leave the cooking to someone else, these locally-known restaurants always put together some incredible takeout options for your Thanksgiving in Galveston. 

  • Chef Mary Bass at La Cocina, 1508 39th Street, 409-795-8963
  • Mosquito Cafe, 628 14th Street, 409-763-1010
  • Penny’s Tex-Mex Takeout, 1713 37th Street, 409-765-5719
  • ShyKatz Deli & Bakery, 1528 Avenue L, 409-770-0500
  • Sunflower Bakery & Cafe, 512 14th Street, 409-763-5500


And, if you decide to dine out, make sure you make your reservations in advance. These restaurants are a popular choice for Thanksgiving.

  • Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, 3828 Seawall, 409-761-5500 
  • Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood, 7809 Broadway, 409-572-2650
  • Waterman’s Restaurant, 14302 Stewart Road, 409-632-0233
  • Landry’s Seafood House, 5310 Broadway, 409-744-1010
  • Fisherman’s Wharf, 2200 Harborside Drive, 409-765-5708


Whatever you decide for your Thanksgiving in Galveston, Ryson Vacation Rentals is ready to help you make the most of your vacation rental. The holidays are always a beautiful time on the island and ideal for a weekend stay, weekly rental, or month-long getaway.


Make the most of these travel tips and enjoy Thanksgiving in Galveston. Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 270 properties across the island that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston this year. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to assist.


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Christine is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for