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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
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Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Holiday Festivities Kick Off in Galveston This Weekend
The Polar Express Train Rides, Moody Gardens “ICE LAND” and Festival of Lights to Open this Weekend
GALVESTON, Texas (November 13, 2019) – Those looking to get into the holiday spirit will have their chance this weekend as Galveston kicks off 50 days of holiday festivities.
The festivities will begin Friday when The Polar Express Train Ride makes its maiden voyage to the North Pole from the Galveston Railroad Museum. On Saturday, Moody Gardens opens Holiday in the Gardens including its ICE LAND holiday ice sculpture attraction (made from 2 million pounds of ice) with an all-new “Christmas Around the World” theme as well as its annual Festival of Lights.
The Polar Express Train Ride will open at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Galveston Railroad Museum offering an exciting opportunity for kids (and adults!) to experience, firsthand, the magic of the classic children’s tale. Set to the soundtrack of the motion picture, The Polar Express will whisk passengers away (on six separate cars pulled by vintage locomotives) for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa complete with hot chocolate and dancing chefs. The ride will be open on weekends and select dates through Dec. 29.
ICE LAND will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and will remain open daily through Jan. 12. In this 28,000-square-foot attraction, visitors can explore a chilling maze of majestic ice sculptures decorated in elaborate colors and shapes with some standing 30 feet tall! Kids’ eyes will light up when they see 100-foot ice slides and intricately carved sculptures, featuring holiday figures and­ scenes representative of a festive journey from the North to South Pole complete with polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, reindeer and more.
Also opening Saturday is the 18th annual Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, where visitors can enjoy the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast. At 5 p.m. Santa will parachute in and at 6 p.m. he will flip the switch that turns on the mile-long Festival of Lights trail, showcasing more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. The opening ceremony will feature choirs and other free live entertainment. While visiting Moody Gardens, visitors can also take a ride on the arctic slide, go ice-skating, visit with Santa, go on a train ride, grab hot cocoa and more. For more information, visit  
Known as the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, Galveston will continue to spread holiday cheer throughout the season with hundreds of events, including Dickens on The Strand, holiday performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Santa Hustle and more! For details, visit
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