How Galveston’s Historic Hotels Celebrate Halloween and the Holidays
Ghosts, costumes, Christmas carols, holiday brunches, and gingerbread houses are all on the calendar at Galveston’s historic hotels, Hotel Galvez & Spa® and The Tremont House, both Wyndham Grand® Hotels.
Ghost Tours and Costumes
This October, Hotel Galvez is changing its monthly ghost tour dinners to weekly on Tuesdays through Fridays. On Fridays, the ghost tour dinner is only available as part of an overnight package. The weekday ghost tour dinner is $65 per person and includes a 1 ½ hour guided ghost tour followed by a three-course meal in the restaurant. Tours begin at 6 p.m. At The Tremont House, guests are invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume. Costumes and Cocktails are scheduled on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Then in November, Galveston Island gets into holiday mode. In honor of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at the Galveston Railroad Museum, The Tremont House is creating a special “Polar Express” themed gingerbread house. You’ll have to see it to believe it. The gingerbread house will be on public display in the lobby of the hotel beginning Nov. 15 through Jan. 2. This display makes a perfect pre- or post-train ride stop for families.
Hotel Galvez & Spa will unveil its special “The Night Before Christmas” themed gingerbread village on Thursday, Nov. 28. This famous poem will be recreated in gingerbread for guests to enjoy. The gingerbread house is on public display in the lobby through Jan. 2.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Thanksgiving weekend Hotel Galvez invites guests and the community to celebrate the start of the holidays with the Official City of Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 29. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include a special appearance by Santa Claus, live holiday entertainment by local entertainment including the Galveston Ballet and the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas Tree on the front lawn.
Back by popular demand, The Tremont House’s Duo du Jour will lead guests in a holiday sing-along on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas songs. The hotel encourages guests to wear your pajamas in honor of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Guests can enjoy carefully crafted winter drink specials and complimentary hors d’ oeuvres during the holiday cheer.
Holiday Brunch and Santa
Brunch at Hotel Galvez is a family tradition for many guests. The hotel will begin taking Thanksgiving Brunch reservations on Monday, Nov. 4 and Christmas Day Brunch reservations on Monday, Dec. 2. Advance reservations are required and are available by calling 409.515.2028. Additionally, the hotel hosts Sunday Brunch with Santa every Sunday in December before Christmas.
For those seeking a romantic New Year’s Eve Dinner, Hotel Galvez offers a special four-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. and advance reservations are suggested. Reg and Cary will play from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. as the hotel rings in the New Year and celebrates 2020. Reservations for the restaurant are available via Open Table or by calling 409.515.2145.
About Hotel Galvez & Spa®
Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (409) 765-7721, or visit www.HotelGalvez.com.
About The Tremont House
The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. The Tremont House is a 119-room boutique-style hotel located in the heart of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Galveston’s Downtown Cultural Arts District. The Quarters at The Tremont House offers 14 luxury, loft-style extended-stay suites. The hotel features 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a bistro-style café, fitness center and two bars for entertainment – the 1888 Toujouse Bar and The Rooftop Bar. The Tremont House received the 2018 “Best of Wyndham Grand” Award for its exceptional service. For reservations, call (409) 763-0300 or visit www.TheTremontHouse.com.
About Wyndham Grand
Travel is the best excuse to enjoy the grand things in life. With locations in some of the world’s most sought after vacation destinations - including Shanghai, Istanbul, Doha, Salzburg, and Orlando - Wyndham Grand® hotels transform ordinary moments into unforgettable experiences. Decidedly not stuffy, but approachable by design, this upper-upscale hotel brand helps travelers make every moment count. The brand’s one-of-a-kind family program, Reconnected, a Wyndham Grand Family Experience, challenges kids and parents on vacation to put memories first by doing the seemingly impossible: putting the phone away. Addressing the need for quality time over screen time, Reconnected offers families on vacation the one amenity that really matters: time to simply celebrate being together.