Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Gingerbread Polar Express [Through Jan. 2]
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, which will be on public display in the hotel lobby.
Through Jan. 2; The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic St., Galveston
The Night Before Christmas Gingerbread Village [Through Jan. 2]
In celebration of the holidays, the Hotel Galvez is creating a special “The Night Before Christmas”-themed gingerbread village. This famous poem will be recreated in gingerbread for guests to enjoy. The gingerbread house is on public display in the hotel lobby.
Nov. 28 to Jan. 2; Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston
Magical Winter Lights [Through Jan. 5]
The 2019 festival will feature eight themed sections, photo opportunities with Santa Claus, nightly acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by Chinese artisans, amusement rides and games, live entertainment and dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 5; Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque; www.magicalwinterlights.com
Ice Land: Christmas Around the World [Through Jan. 12]
A skilled team of master ice carvers has taken 2 million pounds of ice to create a festive journey around the world. Travel from Russia and Egypt to China and beyond to see how other cultures celebrate the season.
Through Jan. 12; Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 800.582.4673 or www.moodygardens.com
Festival of Lights [Through Jan. 12]
As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment.
Through Jan. 6, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, 800.582.4673 or www.moodygardens.com
Grand birthday [Jan. 3]
The Grand 1894 Opera House will celebrate its 125th birthday with an open house featuring complimentary tours of the theater, cake and refreshments.
Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 3; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [Jan. 5]
The Galveston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Trond Saeverud, will celebrate the new year with a Viennese-style New Year’s Pops Concert.
4 p.m. Jan. 5; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.galvestonsymphony.org
‘The Secret of Chimneys’ [Jan. 10-26]
In this Agatha Christie play, The Council Chambers at Chimneys, the Brent family estate, holds a dark and intriguing secret. A young drifter finds more than he bargained for when he agrees to deliver a parcel to this English country manor. Little did Anthony Cade suspect that a simple errand on behalf of a friend would make him the centerpiece of a murderous international conspiracy. A sinister plot rife with diamonds, oil leases, exiled royalty, an elusive master criminal and the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Surete.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 10-26; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
‘The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute
to Whitney Houston’ [Jan. 11-12]
Whitney Houston’s musical legacy is brought to life by the vocals of Belinda Davids with the accompaniment of a live band, backing vocalists and choreographed dancers, plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting, visual and theatrical effects.
8 p.m. Jan. 11 and 3 p.m. Jan. 12; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest [Jan. 18]
The 11th annual festival spices up downtown Galveston with a cook-off, beer fest, live music, vendors, 5K fun run, Strand merchant walk-about and various contests.
Jan. 18; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston; www.yagaschiliquest.com
Draw Your Dreams: An exhibit and art workshop for kids [Jan. 18]
This event, the first of its kind in Galveston County, will feature art from children in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and India and, with your participation, from hundreds of Galveston and La Marque kids. Children of all ages are invited to attend and “Draw Their Dreams.” Art supplies will be provided along with snacks and a chance to win major prizes. Inspired and funded by New York artist Dinesh Doshi, the project has provided art supplies to thousands of African students.
Jan. 18, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. art workshop, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. exhibit open; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand St., Galveston; http://africanchildrenshaven.org/draw-your-dreams-gallery/
Bach Society Concert [Jan. 18]
The renown Bach Society of Houston will present a special matinee concert featuring violist Matthew Carrington. In a recital titled “The Thieving Alto,” Carrington will present works stolen from three different instruments: a Bach sonata for viola da gamba, a Telemann violin fantasy and a Gabrieli ricercar for cello.
ArtWalk [Jan. 18]
Stroll the streets of downtown Galveston and check out works by local artists and artisans in a wide variety of media.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 18; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
The Oak Ridge Boys [Jan. 18-19]
The Oak Ridge Boys return to The Grand for their annual concerts featuring unparalleled four-part harmony and a string of No. 1 hits from Billboard’s country singles charts.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 3 p.m. Jan. 19; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘The Tin Woman’ [Jan. 23 to Feb. 9]
“The Tin Woman” tells the story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor. Based on a true story, “The Tin Woman” uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family and what it means to be given new life.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 23 to Feb. 9; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road,
Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
‘Actually’ [Jan. 24 to Feb. 1]
Amber and Tom, freshmen at Princeton University, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy, and if unspoken, can it be called consent? “Actually” investigates gender and race policies, our crippling desire to fit in, and the three sides to every story.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or
‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ [Jan. 31 to Feb. 16]
After the loss of her family home to creditors, Blanche DuBois travels from the small town of Laurel, Mississippi, to the New Orleans French Quarter to live with her younger sister and brother-in-law. Blanche laments the shabbiness of her sister’s two-room flat and finds her husband loud and rough. Blanche is in her 30s and, with no money, has nowhere else to go.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 31 to Feb. 16; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
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