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Mary Beth Bassett
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Office: (409)797-5121

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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Mardi Gras and More this Holiday Season in
Historic Downtown Galveston
New events on tap to enhance the holiday spirit
GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 8, 2020) – Take Victorian charm, shopping opportunities galore and throw in some bon temps and you have the makings for a fun and festive holiday season on Galveston Island. Two new events give visitors the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, plus an Insta-worthy returning favorite are sure to add to the holiday spirit.
  • New! Mardi Gras Float Decorating Contest: Galveston is home to the third largest Mardi Gras in the country. Normally on parade during festival weekends in February and March, several of these colorful floats will be on display at the Galveston Cruise Terminal 1, 2502 Harborside Drive, two Saturdays in December. Local Mardi Gras krewes have been tasked with decorating the floats with over-the-top holiday themes for the chance to reign supreme! Island visitors are encouraged to view the festive floats on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 5-10 p.m. and vote for their favorites at
  • New! In addition to enhanced holiday decorations downtown, more than 40 shops, galleries, businesses and boutiques will participate in the inaugural Galveston Holiday Tree Decorating Contest taking place from Dec.1 – Jan. 4. This exciting event lets shoppers admire the creatively decorated trees and gives them the opportunity to vote on their favorite entries. The trees also make for great holiday photo-ops! Details can be found at participating businesses and at
  • The Galveston Elfie Selfie scavenger hunt challenges holiday visitors to Galveston to seek out Elfie Selfie stickers throughout the island and strike your happiest pose for a chance to win prizes. The promotion runs Dec. 1 – Jan. 3. For more information see,
The health and well-being of our guests remain a priority -- these events allow for social distancing. We encourage all to follow City of Galveston, state and federal health mandates.
MEDIA RESOURCES:  To download Galveston holiday images, CLICK HERE.
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