Hotel Galvez & Spa will host its third annual Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

This festive celebration, which will kick off with the lighting of the hotel’s new 35-foot Christmas tree, is free for the public and will feature:

A special visit by Santa Claus
Holiday entertainment by the Galveston Ballet
Holiday greetings from Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski and Galveston’s own Queen Victoria.

Hotel Galvez will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Festivities will begin on the front lawn of Hotel Galvez with the arrival of Santa Claus by carriage. As part of the celebration, Mayor Jaworski will count down with the crowd and officially light the hotel and Christmas tree to mark the start of the holiday season.

Inside the hotel, Executive Chef Jerry Helminski will unveil his holiday gingerbread display, a replica of the Hotel Galvez made entirely of gingerbread, and the lobby bar will feature holiday specialty drinks. The event is sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and Hotel Galvez & Spa.

In concert with the Holiday Lighting Celebration, the hotel will also offer a special holiday package during the Thanksgiving weekend. The Thanksgiving Getaway package, available Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, includes a two-night stay, Thanksgiving brunch for two and complimentary valet parking. The two-night package is priced at $395 for a deluxe Gulf view room or $355 for a deluxe city view room based on double capacity. Guests can add a third night to their stay for $129. Pricing does not include tax.

Santa Claus will make special appearances at the hotel’s Sunday Brunch with Santa throughout the holiday season on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, where guests are invited to take pictures with Santa.

During the month of December, the hotel’s live entertainment will take on a holiday theme on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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