Moody Gardens Holiday Lights

Spend Thanksgiving on the Texas Gulf Coast

We can all agree that the holiday season is stressful — there’s so much to do, so many details to consider, and so many people to accommodate. Particularly on Thanksgiving, when there’s also an elaborate and intricate dinner to plan as well. And particularly this year, when the pandemic has turned everything upside down.

This year, why not turn tradition on its head too? Skip the usual turkey day routine and host a memorable Thanksgiving family getaway— at the beach! Imagine everyone together in a huge house overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, dining on turkey— or maybe fresh seafood— with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. And once dinner is done, you all take a long stroll on the beach with the warm sand under your toes. 

That blissful holiday daydream can become a reality on the Texas Gulf Coast— and BeachBox can help make it happen.

The local experts at BeachBox can help you choose the perfect home for your family holiday to the coast. We have homes that sit right on the sand and can accommodate large families with ease. Homes with large, bright kitchens that are just waiting to help you prepare your world-famous apple pie. 

Don’t feel much like cooking this year? We won’t judge. We can point you to some mouth-watering local restaurants that are serving up Thanksgiving feasts all day long — and some can deliver, too! There are also exciting attractions, fun family activities, and eclectic shopping that’s sure to please everyone on your list. 

Galveston Tree Lighting

See the Holiday Tree Lighting

On Friday, November 27, 2020, the Hotel Galvez is hosting the thirteenth annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration. The celebration is a free family event that marks the official opening of the holiday season in Galveston. 

Santa Clause arrives by horse-drawn carriage at 6 PM and leads the countdown to the lighting of the twinkling 35-foot Christmas Tree. Kids of all ages will delight in the magical celebration.

Celebrate “Holiday in the Gardens”

The Moody Gardens on Galveston Island not only has spectacular views of Galveston Bay, but they also have the most extensive and grand holiday festival on the coast. From a 4D showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to a train ride through the Festival of Lights to the fun and frosty Arctic Slide, your whole family will enjoy the magic and wonder of this unforgettable holiday event. 

If the idea of cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner makes you cringe, don’t worry. Moody Gardens hosts an elaborate Thanksgiving Day Buffett, too. Featuring an international cheese display, seven different types of fresh seafood, carved prime rib, and of course a juicy turkey, your family will be stuffed and happy — and you’ll return to a clean kitchen at your BeachBox!

Spend Thanksgiving on Pleasure Pier

Galveston Pleasure Pier

By far one of the most popular attractions on the Texas Gulf Coast, Pleasure Pier has something for everyone. There are heart-stopping rides like the Iron Shark Roller Coaster and the Pirate’s Plunge, plus a charming carousel and smaller Ferris wheel for the wee ones. Test your skill and win prizes at classic midway games like Whac-a-Mole and the Ring Toss. 

Pleasure Pier is open on Thanksgiving Day from 1 PM to 8 PM and the entire holiday weekend. Make sure to stop by the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for their award-winning slow-roasted ribs. Who needs turkey anyway?

Go Black Friday Shopping on the Strand

Work off some of that turkey by taking a stroll along the Galveston Strand on Black Friday— and maybe pick up a few gifts while you’re there. The preserved Victorian-era buildings make for a lovely backdrop as you browse through the boutiques and cafes. And when you work up an appetite, stop by the local favorite Mod Coffeehouse for a latte and a light lunch. 

BeachBox Has Your Back

To make your Thanksgiving at the beach easy and stress-free, let the experts at BeachBox lead the way. We know the Texas Gulf Coast like the back of our hand, and we are happy to help you find the ideal accommodations for your whole crew. Take a peek inside a few of our favorites.

Coastal Haven Kitchen and Dining Room

Coastal Haven

With five bedrooms spread out over three luxurious levels, this home is ideal for larger groups that want to be right on the water. Coastal Haven has a huge, gorgeous kitchen and formal dining area, plus a large dining table on the oceanfront deck for hosting an alfresco Thanksgiving dinner. 

Located in lovely Jamaica Beach, you’ll be just minutes away from all the holiday fun in Galveston. 

Victoria House and ApartmentsThe Victoria House and Apartments

Tucked into a quiet neighborhood in downtown Galveston, The Victoria House puts you front-and-center for all the holiday excitement on the Strand. Fourteen guests can fit comfortably into this charming, historic home. 

The large kitchen has plenty of room for multiple family chefs to share the Thanksgiving cooking duties!

Seaside Serenity

This beachfront home has views for days— and effortless beach access. Large groups will love the open floor plan and spacious bedrooms at Seaside Serenity, while the family chef will delight in the pristine and efficient kitchen. 

Serve the turkey and all the fixin’s on the large, covered oceanfront dining table with panoramic views of the open sea. 

Big Buena Vista

Located in peaceful Terramar Beach, Big Buena Vista has room for 18 of your family and friends to gather together for Thanksgiving. The beach access point is a quick walk down the lane, and the downtown Galveston holiday events are a short car ride away. 

Consider serving a casual holiday buffet on the covered porch, followed by a family stroll on the beach.

Begin a New Thanksgiving Tradition with BeachBox

With the holiday season right around the corner, there’s no better time to start planning your Thanksgiving than right now. Make 2020 the year that you begin a new family custom. Skip the stress and buck the conventional— and spend your holiday on the Texas Gulf Coast. The fresh ocean air, bright sunshine, and picture-perfect beaches make the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable family holiday. It will quickly become your family’s favorite annual Thanksgiving tradition.

Ready to start planning? Browse through more of our Texas Gulf Coast holiday homes. For more info, give us a call or drop us a line

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