EEHDA December Newsletter
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Ho-Ho-Homes Tour

Crisp weather, gorgeous homes in holiday decor, seasonal music and scores of visitors came together to make the 2018 Victorian Holiday Homes Tour an over-the-top success and a major boost to the EEHDA budget.

Special thanks and gratitude to Deanne Johnson who has managed this event for years along with her husband, Terry; to Fran Kelly for organizing volunteers; Lynn McMorris for the hostess trays; and Rebecca Walker for arranging the music. Also, to the homeowners who opened their residences for public viewing, to the musicians who played and sang so beautifully and to all the volunteers who made the evening possible. 

Volunteers, including Deanne and Terry Johnson and Mike Monaco, were a huge reason this year's homes tour was one of the most successful ever.

President's Column

A monthly update from EEHDA President Jeff Patterson

As we move through the final weeks of the year and into the Holiday Season, its a natural time to step back and reflect on the year as it rapidly comes to a close. Sorry, was suddenly having a slight panic attack realizing how few shopping days there are left.

It is also a good time to stop and recognize the many good things that have happened this year, to count our blessings, and to give thanks to the folks who made those good things possible.

In a volunteer organization like ours, it is all about the people. It is also all about doing things that bring us together as a community. We in the east end are a diverse group of folks who have chosen to live here for a variety of reasons, but one thing we do all share is the love of our neighborhood and the love of our island community. We as EEHDA have tried to promote and provide activities and events this year that allow our members and interested neighbors to come together to learn, to interact and share experiences, and to have fun. We have tried some new things this year to accomplish that, and to improve on some of the things we have been doing. One activity we will be doing in the new year is to reach out to our current and past members, and to others in the neighborhood who have maybe not been involved with EEHDA in the past, to better understand their ideas and thoughts of what we could be doing regarding education topics, outreach efforts, information, activities, and events that would be of interest and value to you. What are the things we are doing that you feel are valuable, what could we be doing better, what else could we be doing, and what should we stop doing? We look forward to hearing from you!

For 2018, we felt that making our monthly meetings more interesting and effective was a priority; a key part of that was having informative speakers who could educate us on relevant and/or timely topics.

That was the reason we decided to split off the administrative part of the Board Meeting to do them earlier so that we could allow more time for our speakers and for more interaction in the Social part of the meeting.  We have upgraded our electronic Newsletter to make it more "smartphone" friendly -- a big thanks to Marsha and Lindsay Canright!

We also heard the message from you about bringing back the block parties in full force in 2018, as well as having them in other locations then the Cottage. And thanks to Fran Kelly and her band of hardworking volunteers, we had a total of five, including one for National Night Out in Oct in the 1200 Block of Sealy (thanks to the Pollocks!)  and the Progressive Picnic for the 4th of July at the homes of the Walkers, the Fornesses, and the Pevetos. 

In November, we had Rodger Rees and Ted O'Rourke come talk to us about the exciting changes they have been making at the port, and if you were there, the recent articles in the Galveston Daily News about the new deal on a third cruise terminal came as no surprise to you. We did discuss parking and traffic concerns, and will have them back to give us more information as the plans progress. We also held our first ever Rally for the East End on the weekend of the Lone Star Bike Rally; thanks to Stephanie Lang and her volunteers who made it a very nice evening.

The following weekend was the annual EEHDA Thanksgiving Dinner at the home of the McMorrises; Lynn and company had a wonderful spread of food and holiday cheer, and best of all, through your generosity, we raised $700 for the Galveston Urban Ministries, a local group that works to develop holistic relationships to transform the community; they do a lot of work in the area west of the strand and north of Broadway. Their motto is "putting neighbor back in the 'hood".  And last, but certainly not least, we had our most well attended Holiday Homes Tour last weekend with five beautiful homes and lots of wonderful music. Our thanks to the Morrises, Stultses, Pollocks, and to Stephanie Lang for offering their homes, and to the volunteers including EEHDA's very own Santa Claus--Jerry Hite-- who provided not only candy canes and good cheer, but free rides in his "island sleigh" (i.e. golf cart) for the weary.

Thanks to Deanna Johnson and her large group of volunteers and docents for making this all possible. 

At our annual meeting in January, we will be electing new officers and five new board members. We are very excited about the slate of candidates we have, and are looking forward to continuing our momentum from 2018 into the new year. Also, at our January meeting, we will have a group from Vision Galveston come engage with us in an interactive exercise to gather our input on what kind of city we want to be and what we need to do to get there.

If you're not familiar with the Vision Galveston effort, it is a project that was initiated and funded by the Galveston Roundtable of Foundations to develop recommendations for new policies, for programs, and for projects that address every aspect of the city — resiliency, the economy, housing, jobs, education, parks, land use, and transportation. The intent is to do this with a "bottoms up" approach, and to engage 15 percent of Galveston's population in the process, which is very ambitious, but also very important to develop an inclusive vision for all of Galveston for the future. To date, they have received input from five percent of Galvestonians, which is impressive. Come join us in January to learn more and to provide your input; an easy way to start is by taking their survey. To take the Vision Galveston survey, click here. To find out more about Vision Galveston, click here.

Wishing all a joyous holiday season and a very happy New Year!

 

Regards,

--JEFF PATTERSON

T: 281.433.4417

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Get out the vote

EEHDA members will vote on nominees for 2019 officers and board members at the annual meeting on January 3, 2019.

The candidate slate was ratified at the November board meeting and no additional names have been put forward. The candidates are:

OFFICERS

Jeff Patterson – President, Ryan Murray – VP, Gwen Goffe – Treasurer, Jill Peveto – Secretary

BOARD MEMBERS

Lyn Fair, Lisa Hoff, Adana Haynes, Doug Van Kay, Kristi Graves 

Many thanks to our departing officers and board members for their service and contributions. They are: Larry Wygant, Floyd Pollock, Ronna Stults, Tracy Tatom, Beth DeKeyser, and Carol Gilman.

City Hall Update

A monthly update from council member David Collins

Thanksgiving is behind us and the Christmas season can begin. But let's remain thankful for a great year. Lots of rain, but no major storms. 

Be sure to check out the holiday lighting on the Strand and Postoffice downtown, especially in Sangerfest Park. The Downtown Partnership and MItchell Historic Properties have done a great job with the lights and decoration. We hope to increase the lighting in the next couple of years to include 25th St., Broadway and 61st, and to make Christmas shopping in Galveston a 'must do' for our neighbors up the road.

What's Up With The Park Board

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees was formed by City Council in 1963 following a voter referendum. The trustees are appointed by City Council. They were initially created to manage Galveston's beaches and beach parks, but now they're also responsible for Beach Patrol (shout out to Chief Peter Davis and the men and women of the Patrol - great job guys), the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and they collect Seawall parking revenue. They're an essential part of life in Galveston. Tourist season would be unmanageable without them.

Two issues between the park board and the city have made the news lately. The interlocal agreement that authorizes them to do all of the above is being renegotiated, and there's been a wealth of misinformation flying around about it. We'll be talking about it more in the coming weeks, but for right now, the details are being worked out between park board and city staffs. Ignore the hype until that agreement is finalized and brought before city council. I'll fill you in when it does.

The other item is the park board's idea of building a new pavilion at Stewart Beach to replace the yellow pyramid we're so familiar with. The $25 million price tag on the proposal has taken a lot of people by surprise, and city council had lots of questions, including should we build a new one or rehab the existing one. If we build it, should it go on the sand or adjacent to the Seawall? What services should it have? Would the money be better spent improving access points out west? Where's the best bang for the buck? 

Council will be meeting with park board again in the next few months to continue the conversation.

Have an opinion? I'm interested in what you think. To email me, click here.

Town Halls Coming in 2019

I've heard from many of you about issues large and small in my first six months on council. But, I sincerely want to engage a wider audience to find out what you think and what you need from me, especially on the issues that will impact us all in the next few years. Starting in January, I will be holding town hall meetings so I can speak to you in person and get your feedback. Topics on the plan so far include seawall parking, a new cruise terminal at Pier 10, stormwater management, and the Ike Dike/Coastal Spine project. 

Right now, we're planning one per quarter (locations tbd), but if they're well attended and more are needed, we'll have them more frequently. Are there big issues you think we should be discussing as a community that you're not hearing about? Let me know. 

Vacation Rentals

Something I get asked about a lot is short-term rentals, or STRs. Those include Airbnb, Homeaway, VRBO, essentially any place that rents overnight accommodations and isn't a hotel. STRs are required to collect Hotel Occupancy Tax just as hotels do. Collecting that money is another thing the Convention & Visitors Bureau does for us. 

The questions include: how many we have on the island? Around 2500. What percentage of HOT tax do they account for? 27 percent. What's it cost to register one? $50. How are they registered and how do we know? The CVB maintains the list of registered STRs and regularly searches online for people advertising rooms in Galveston. If they aren't registered the CVB contacts them and asks that they register and start paying their fair share. That approach has been pretty successful. By ordinance, registration is required and there are fines for failing to do so.

To find out more information, click here.

 

--DAVID COLLINS
T: 409.443.7134

To subscribe to the District 3 Newsletter, or communicate any of your concerns, send David a note at david@davidcollins.net.

News Briefs

DICKENS EVENING ON THE STRAND TO EXPAND

Dickens on the Strand is over for this season but Galveston Historical Foundation already has big plans for next year. Chief among them, they will stretch next December's festivities over two weekends.

NEW RESTAURANTS OPEN IN DOWNTOWN, PIER 19

Vargas Cut and Catch, a new steakhouse, is now open at 2102 Postoffice. Planning to open in January is Katie’s Seafood Restaurant at Pier 19. The Playground Patio Bar plans to open this spring at 2325 Strand featuring street hotdogs and other fun food.

JANUARY 1 OPEN HOUSE AT BISHOP'S PALACE

The Galveston Historical Foundation will celebrate the New Year between 1 and 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day with free admission to Bishop’s Palace located on the northwest corner of Broadway at 14th Street.

Complimentary champagne will be served. The tradition of an open house at the property started in 1893. Every other year the Gresham family would welcome visitors for a New Year’s Day calling.

CITY OF GALVESTON LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The City of Galveston has launched a new website with features designed to help citizens stay informed.  You can reach the site, by clicking here.

“The website was redesigned to create a more transparent and navigable site, according to City Manager Brian Maxwell.  

Whether you are paying a water bill, seeking information on how to get a permit or learning about what’s new at the city, everything is simpler with the new design, he said.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Thanks to Rosa Morgan, who, at the December EEHDA board meeting on Dec. 6, spoke about the beginnings of four Victorian Christmas traditions. Morgan, a Galvestonian, is the author of "Between Wind and Water: 1898 Galveston Love Story" and a lover of all things Victorian.

1. The Christmas tree or Tannenbaum tradition originated in Germany. When Queen Charlotte married King George, she brought the tradition with her. Because the royal family had a lighted Christmas tree; the nobility followed suit; and once an illustration ran in the London Times, lighted trees with ornaments appeared everywhere.

2. The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. Cole, who helped develop the Victoria and Albert Museum, had the idea of Christmas cards with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist. They designed the first card and sold them for one shilling each.

3. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Turkey. Much admired for his kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. This current image of Santa Claus became popular in the in the 19th century due to the significant influence of the 1823 poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast.

4. Christmas crackers are a in the U.K and have grown more popular in the U.S. in recent years. They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet-maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French 'bon bon' sweets almonds wrapped in pretty paper.

STREETLIGHTS

An update on the streetlights for Church Street and Sealy Street: the poles have now been received from the supplier and are being powder-coated.

The installation contractor will be picking them up once the coating process is complete and then they will go on construction schedule.

The expectation is that the installation will begin in January.

DRAINAGE/FLOODING

Drainage and flooding will continue to be major issues for Galveston.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have reached the midpoint on the coastal Texas study, commonly referred to as the Ike Dike study.

While the study won’t be finished until 2021, public comments will be taken through January 9, 2019. They have now released a draft plan (link below).

There is still a lot to decide, such as location of structures and their design and features. Meetings for public comment are now being held. Would strongly encourage you to attend to learn more about what is being planned, and to give your input.

Once this period for public comment is closed, the project will enter the more detailed phase where a lot of the decisions on the specifics of the barriers, their design, location, etc will be made, decisions which will have a direct impact on us and our community. 

The public meeting in Galveston will be Wednesday, December 12th, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

For more information, click here.

A Friendsgiving to remember

More than a hundred friends and neighbors gathered at the McMorris home on Postoffice to celebrate Thanksgiving with roast turkey and all the trimmings.

Dozens of potluck dishes offered a feast of awesome proportions. About $700 was raised for Galveston Urban Ministries. Director Josh Dorell and his family were in attendance. Thanks to Ralph and Lynn for their generosity and hospitality and to the volunteers who helped to make the party an amazing experience.

Scenes from the Turkey Bowl

This year's turkey bowl was a goblin' good time. Thanks to Robert Mihovil for sharing these turkey-rific photos.

The 42nd Annual Turkey Bowl flag football game was held on Thanksgiving Day at a rain-soaked Adoue Park, 11th Street and Winnie, on Galveston's East End.

“We had a wonderful turnout considering that it rained right up until a few hours before the game started,” said Kathy Tiernan, one of the original official founding turkeys.  “The game is all about tradition, family, fun and is played rain or shine.”

Newcomers are always welcome to join in this East End tradition.

Commenting on the damp playing conditions, Official Referee Shrub Kempner, said “the ground was softer for landings!”

“We also had a large number of newcomers this year, which is terrific.  Children and grandchildren of the original players are now participating in Turkey Bowl, as well as lots of neighbors from the East End Historical District,” said Tiernan.  

With its own very special rules like the three second wait for the defense to rush, counting one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, before crossing the line of scrimmage and plays including a mandatory “kids play” where a small child actually runs with, throws or catches the football, Turkey Bowl isn’t your typical football game. 

It does stay to certain traditions-- there is a homecoming queen for life (Ann Anderson), a cheerleader for life (Molly Mihovil) and a referee for life (Shrub Kempner).

There is always a half time photograph of the entire group which again this year numbered approximately 80 and was taken on the new colorful playground equipment at Adoue Park.

There were bags and bags of prizes donated by Peaches Kempner, the other Turkey Bowl founder with the title of Official Prize Turkey.  There is a prize given for the person traveling the farthest to play, a prize for the best catch, a prize for the youngest player, a prize for the oldest turkey, a prize for the best score, a prize for the best run, etc.

If you didn't get in on the action this year, never fear: the Turkey Bowl will be back in 2019. All east-enders are welcome to play or to join the merry crowd of spectators.

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Thinking About a Christmas Puppy?

How to have a super dog

More than 10,000 years ago, a dog wandered into a human encampment and instead of grabbing some easy leftovers and sprinting off, he sat down and made friends.

Friendships between dogs and humans have been evolving ever since and tales of these bonds are celebrated in books and television programming.  

But these friendships don’t just happen.  Like most lasting relationships, they require a willing investment of time and focused effort.  It’s true in relationships between people, and it’s also true for a dog and his person. 

People see a super dog on television or in a movie and they think ‘I want a dog like that one,’ said Harrison Forbes, author of “Dog Talk,” and a professional dog trainer for more than two decades. This is the time for a reality check, he said.

“Real puppies chew stuff up and take time to be house-trained and mannerly. Dogs need attention, socialization, exercise, a consistent schedule, and a great deal of patience,” Forbes said.

When a disappointed pet owner comes to the trainer with a dog problem, he says the pet’s ‘bad’ behavior almost always falls in one of three categories: (1) the owner has unrealistic expectations of the dog; (2) the owner has not provided a consistent schedule, and/or (3) there is an unmet need for more exercise.  When a dog has too much energy and gets bored, he starts inventing stuff to do, Forbes said. These activities – chewing, digging, barking, counter-surfing --  aren’t what the owner wants.

“Most people truly want to have a quality relationship with their dog. When they don’t, it’s sad for the owner and it’s sad for the dog. The good news is that a fix is fairly straight-forward, depending on whether or not the owner is willing to make simple changes,” he said.

For example, if a dog is on a feeding schedule, it’s a pretty good guess that in 20 minutes or so after he’s eaten, he’ll need to go outside. That’s biology. The more routine the schedule, the less trouble owners will have housetraining a dog.

Also, a pet needs to be around its people as much as possible. Think about this, Forbes said. “If a parent put their two-year-old in the basement or the backyard because they were having behavior problems, and kept them there, making sure the child had enough to eat and routine medical care, would you expect this child to emerge perfectly socialized in a year or two? Of course not!  But people think this works for dogs,” he said.

When a dog is isolated in a backyard with little human contact, it will likely behave in a manic way—jumping all over, slinging mud and slobbering --  when the owner does appear because it is starved for attention. For a dog, a pack animal, solitude is a tragedy, and likewise, for the human owner, it’s too bad. This is not how strong bonds are formed.

So how do you go about having a harmonious relationship with a family pet?

Start with a plan to get the right dog for you and your family.

“Too often people decide to acquire a dog on a whim,” he said. “It’s kind of like getting married on your first date. It might work out but you’re leaving a lot to chance,” he said.  

HERE'S HOW IT'S DONE

1. Have a family discussion to talk about the selection of a dog. Ask each person to write down the kinds of dogs they really like. It doesn’t have to be a particular breed, although it could be. A seven-year-old may want a fuzzy dog that likes to play. 

2. A few days later have another discussion. From the suggestions offered, narrow the type of dog to no more than three general types. For example, you may want a small terrier-like dog; or a middle-size shaggy dog; or a larger short-haired lab/retriever. Now, give everyone an assignment. Find out the known qualities of each dog you are interested in and see how well the breed fits in your lifestyle. For example, are you a very active person or family? How much exercise does the new dog need to be well-adjusted?  What size dog will best fit in the family home? Do you want a puppy or an adult dog? Is anyone in the household allergic to long-hair dogs? It’s important to have a good idea of the type of dog – physical traits and activity needs – before you actually start meeting dogs.

3. After narrowing down the choices, call several animal shelters, if you are adopting from a shelter. Speak to someone about the kind of dog you want. Many shelters have detailed knowledge of their dogs, especially the ones with foster care programs. They will be able to assist you and even help refine your search. Then make an appointment to visit the shelters.

4. Now, for the fun part. Go meet a lot of dogs and play with a lot of dogs of the type you have selected. See which dog has the best chemistry with you or with the family. The right dog will come along, Forbes said.

5. And when it does: don’t make an immediate decision. Wait at least 48 hours and think about your selection.

Once you have a dog – whether you followed the selection plan or not – it’s important to socialize your dog. Begin with the critical triad: realistic expectations, reasonable exercise, and a consistent schedule.

“When problems arise it’s usually a miscommunication between the owner and the dog. People are the worst at giving multiple inconsistent messages.  The dog wants to do what you want him to do but doesn’t understand what that is. Try simple, consistent commands. Providing a consistent schedule for feeding and exercise really helps. Dogs are happy when they know what to expect.

For more information on “Pet Talk” and Harrison Forbes, click here or find a copy of “Dog Talk” here.

A picture perfect holiday season

Mihovil Restores Antique, Faded and Damaged Photographs

Freelance photographer Robert Mihovil now restores old or damaged photographs and is able to bring new life to precious pictures that are torn, faded, and might seem impossible to save. He has specialty skills that make it possible for him to restore old prints to new vitality for a reasonable fee.

A professional photographer for 37 years, Mihovil’s photographs have appeared in news and feature articles for Coast Monthly, Coastal Living, National Geographic, Newsweek, Offshore, People, Smithsonian, Texas Highways, Texas Journey and Time. The Austin American Statesman, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, New York Times and USA Today have also published his work.
Look for his ad in the EEHDA newsletter.

To email him, click here.

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ABOVE: Mike and Jeannie Janota's house, 1717 Ball St., was named the first place winner.

Lighting The Way

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Outdoor Christmas Light Contest.

ABOVE: James and Kristi Graves, 1428 Broadway, received second place.

ABOVE: Chuck and Debbie Morris, 1426 Sealy, received third place for their decorations. Also, big thanks to Chuck and Debbie for opening their beautiful home to those who attended the EEHDA Holiday Homes Tour.

Where To Eat On Christmas Day

1. HOTEL GALVEZ

Hotel Galvez is widely known for its fabulous Christmas Day brunch. The hotel features all the traditional entrees along with special features created by the executive chef. Advance reservations are required and must be made directly with the hotel. 

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 2024 Seawall Blvd. To make a reservation, call 409.765.7721.

2. SAN LUIS RESORT

In the winter wonderland that is the San Luis, enjoy traditional holiday dishes, breakfast favorites and an assortment of desserts. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance before returning to the North Pole.

$65 for adults, $60 for seniors, $30 for children;11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5222 Seawall Blvd., To make a reservation, click here.

3. HILTON RESORT

Enjoy a Christmas Day indulgence at the Hilton's special holiday brunch, which will feature prime rib, stuffed pork loin, blackened tilapia, boiled shrimp, a dessert station and a mimosa bar.

$40 for adults, $30 for seniors, $20 for children 6-12; 5400 Seawall Blvd. To make a reservation, call 409.744.5000. For more information, click here.

4. HOLIDAY INN ON THE BEACH

Enjoy a special holiday meal at the Holiday Inn-- featuring classics including prime rib, baked chicken, green bean amandine and a selection of pies. 

$30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $14 for children 5-12; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1 Hope Blvd. To make a reservation, call 409.740.5300. For more information, click here.

December Calendar

SHOPPING

DECEMBER 8

BETHLEHEM STREET MARKET
The Bethlehem Street Market will have shopping, vendors, one of a kind items, jewelry, art, lotions, oils, home made soups, brisket, a bake sale and a bounce house for the kids.

FREE; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaside Church, 16534 Termini San Luis Pass Road, in Jamaica BeachFor more information, click here.

DECEMBER 15

THE OAKS ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF & HOLIDAY MARKET
Chili cook-off and pop-up holiday market benefiting the Galveston Humane Society.

FREE; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Oaks Bar, 12410 Stewart Rd.For more information, click here.

HOLIDAY FUN

DECEMBER 8

HOLIDAY WITH THE CRANES
Celebrate the magnificent Sandhill Cranes that arrive just in time for the holidays, with special events from sunrise to sunset. Events will continue on Dec. 9.

For more information, click here.

DECEMBER 9

HOLIDAY DELIGHTS AT THE BRYAN MUSEUM
Enjoy learning about the Christmas traditions in Mexico, Spain, France, England, and Germany. Taste delicious array of holiday cookies and pastries representing countries from around the world! Join in The Search for Santa’s Lost Elves and many more fun activities! Presented by Moody National Bank.

FREE; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information, click here.

DECEMBER 16

SANTA HUSTLE HALF MARATHON AND 5K
Run with thousands of Santas through the streets of Galveston and down Seawall Blvd.

For more information, click here.

NIGHTLIFE/PARTIES

DECEMBER 16

MEMBER HOLIDAY PARTY
The Bryan Museum invites members and their guests to its first ever Member Holiday Party, which will feature a scrumptious potluck dinner in the conservatory.

FREE for members; 6 p.m., For more information or to register, click here.

DECEMBER 21

WINTER SOLSTICE MEMBERS-ONLY WINE POTLUCK
Bring a bottle of wine to share with other members and sample wines you may not be familiar with. Light appetizers provided. 

FREE for members; 4-6 p.m., Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand St. To become a member, click here.

DECEMBER 23

SANTA'S NIGHT OUT
This event is all about holiday digs-- the public is invited to come dressed in their finest Santa suits, reindeer outfits or elf attire and take to the streets of Galveston for cold ales, warm toddies, and fellowship. Benefitting the Galveston Seafarers Center.

7 p.m., Murphy's Irish Pub, 213 23rd St.; For more information, click here.

ONGOING

MIRACLE POP-UP BAR AT DTO
Miracle, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar launched in 2014 in New York City, will continue spreading holiday cheer around the globe in 2018, as the brand celebrates its five-year anniversary with a stop at Daiquiri Time Out.

For more information, click here.

CIRQUE JOYEUX NOEL DINNER AND SHOW AT MOODY GARDENS
Enjoy a spectacular, exhilarating and joyous celebration of the holiday season with an enchanting mix of food, circus and music.

Dec. 21-Jan. 4; For more information, click here.

THEATER

DECEMBER 9

ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE 1914
This heartrending retelling of a powerful historic event recounts the astounding moment during World War I when Allied forces and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas Day 1914 together − sharing food and drink, singing carols, and playing soccer.

Ticket prices vary; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

DECEMBER 15-16

THE NUTCRACKER
An annual holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker” will delight audiences of all ages.  It tells the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a fierce battle against a Mouse King.  Following the afternoon performances, join us to experience the behind the scenes magic of "The Nutcracker"!  You will have an opportunity to hear a brief presentation about the ballet and meet the dancers.

Ticket prices vary; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

DECEMBER 23

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, LIVE ON STAGE
This brand-new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Ticket prices vary; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

KID-FRIENDLY

DECEMBER 8

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Bring the whole family out for a day filled with festive holiday entertainment: At 10:45 a.m., the Galveston Community Band; at 12 p.m., the Clear Falls Troubadours; at 1:15 p.m., the Galveston Homeschool Choirs and Orchestras; At 2:30 p.m., the Trinity Episcopal School Choir; at 3:45 p.m., the Fanfare! Singers and From Bach to Rock Band; and at 5 p.m., the Galveston Ballet.

FREE; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St.
For more information, click here.

DECEMBER 15
SANTA TRAIN AT THE GALVESTON RAILROAD MUSEUM
Welcome Santa as he comes to town aboard the Galveston Railroad Museum’s Harborside Express Train.

$12, Free for children 12 and under, Additional $5 to ride the train; Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Pl. For more information, click here.

COOKING CLASS: GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
It's that magical time of year! The Kitchen Chick is pleased to offer two gingerbread house decorating parties with local baking guru Stephanie Conti! Hot apple cider and cookies will be served.

$35 per child; 2 to 4 p.m., The Kitchen Chick, 2402 Market St. For information or to register, call 409.497.2999.

DECEMBER 16
HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE BRYAN MUSEUM
Enjoy a cup of traditional hot wassail or cocoa, cookies, holiday cheer and photo-ops with Santa. The kiddos can make an ornament to take home and decorate other holiday arts and crafts.

Included in museum admission; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, click here.

ONGOING HOLIDAY EVENTS

 

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Enjoy hearing a festive story in the Children’s Department of Rosenberg Library as we countdown to Christmas.

FREE, Daily through Dec. 22, 4 p.m., Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St.For more information, click here.

SANTA ON THE STRAND
Come say hello to Santa and snap a pic with him--or even inside a giant blow-up snow globe.

FREE; Dec. 8, 15, & 22, 1 to 4 p.m., Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand St.; For more information, click here.

DOWNTOWN LANTERNS & LIGHTS
Featuring a magical display of Christmas lights and other artisan pieces as they illuminate Saengerfest Park and downtown Galveston.

Through Jan. 1; For more information, click here.

ICE LAND: POLE TO POLE
New theme for 2018! A skilled team of master ice carvers has taken 2 million pounds of ice to create your festive journey from the North to South Pole. See polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus and of course reindeer! Glide down the giant glacier slide and enjoy a festive drink inside an igloo at Shivers Ice Bar. 

Through Jan. 6; For more information, click here.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike! A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.

For more information, click here.

Join EEHDA

Membership in the
East End Historical District
Association is easy and fun!
To find out more, click here.

Contacts & Questions

Find out who to contact about a streetlight outage, how to watch council meetings & more. 
To find out more, click here.

Advertise

Your advertising sponsorship not only helps support the East End neighborhood but it helps you reach an interested, engaged audience for your product or service. Newsletters are distributed to our members, new residents of the East End, city council members, managers of city departments, Galveston-area civic organizations as well as Galveston’s Rosenberg Library. Let us hear from you!
To find out more information, contact EEHDA President Jeff Patterson at 713.291.7043 or via email.

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East End Historical District Association

1501 Postoffice Street, Galveston
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