Make Merry in the Bay Area

From League City to Galveston, there’s plenty of holiday spirit to be had. Bright lights, hot chocolate, visits to Santa and holiday activities are all within driving distance of Coastal Point!


Here’s where we’ll be this holiday season:


Visit the Big Guy


Pictures with Santa – South Shore Harbor

South Shore Harbor Resort & Conference Center

2500 South Shore Blvd., League City 77573

5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15


Skip the crowds at the mall and bring the kids to South Shore Harbour Resort for a picture with Santa in front of the hotel’s life-sized gingerbread house.


Breakfast with Santa at the Kemah Aquarium

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, 77565

8-11 a.m. weekends through Dec. 24

Reservations required

$18.99 adults, $12.99 children 3-10

Santa is stopping by the Aquarium! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with the man in the red suit and our mascot, Sharkey!


Santa on the Strand

Saengerfest Park

2302 Strand St., Galveston, TX 77550

1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22

Free. Photos available for purchase


Santa is back! Take pictures with Santa or inside a giant blow-up snow globe.


Baybrook Mall

500 Baybrook Mall Dr.

Friendswood, TX 77546

Through Dec. 24

Free, fee for photo packages


Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa — just reserve your time and skip the line! Don’t forget Pet Night on Mondays, Dec. 10 and 17, from 5-8 p.m. and Ugly Sweater Picture Day, Thursday, Dec. 13, all day!


Pet Phots with Santa at Clear Lake Petco

2895 Gulf Freeway South, League City 77573

1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16

$9.95 donation


Bring your pet to have them photographed with Santa! With a donation, you will receive an emailed photo within minutes! All proceeds benefit the Petco Foundation.


Hark the Herald Angels Sing


Annie Moses Band

Bayou Theater

2700 Bay Area Blvd Houston 77058

7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12



Six Juilliard-trained siblings will brighten your holidays with their combination of classical, Americana, progressive folk and jazz influences.


Riders in the Sky

Bayou Theater

2700 Bay Area Blvd Houston 77058

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19



Bring your family to see this special blend of Christmas music and comedy by the people behind the music of “Monsters, Inc.”


Take the Kids


Santa Train at Galveston Railroad Museum

2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston, TX 77550
10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

$12 general, free for kids 12 and under. Additional $5 for train ride

Santa and trains, what could be better? Meet Santa at the Depot for pictures. Train rides on the Harborside Express will at noon with Santa’s arrival.


Jingle on the Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah 77565

Weekends through Dec. 23


Kemah Boardwalk is ringing in the holidays with a sleighful of activities. Enjoy holiday dancers, stilt walkers, live music, movies, a snow patch, Santa’s workshop and pictures with Santa! Check the calendar for dates, times and activities.


Moody Gardens

One Hope Blvd., Galveston 77554

Now through Jan. 7

Click here for ticket prices


The largest holiday destination in the Southwest delights families with a Festival of Lights, ice skating, live entertainment, holiday train rides, an arctic slide, 3D holiday movies and more.


Magical Winter Lights

The Gulf Greyhound Park

1000 FM 2004, La Marque 77568

5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 6


One of the largest lantern festivals of its kind in the nation returns to present a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows.


For the Grown-Ups



Daiquiri Time Out

2701 Market St., Galveston, 77550

4pm – 2am daily through Dec. 30

Free admission, cocktail prices vary


Leave the kids with grandma and enjoy some holiday totties at Miracle, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar launched in 2014 in New York City popping up at DOT in Galveston.