Even though we had just been at Galveston last weekend for Dickens, we went back again for more Christmas activities.
We arrived at lunch time and tried a new restaurant called Shrimp and Stuff. Their website says that the restaurant is named the best seafood place in all of Galveston County, so it couldn’t be bad! The food was delicious. I got a shrimp po boy and a cup of gumbo and Derek got a bowl of gumbo.
The gumbo was not spicy (not a bad thing) but Derek and I have gotten accustomed to spicy Cajun food so we found a bottle of Cajun hot sauce and added that to our dishes! If you told me 3 years ago that I would love spicy gumbo and jambalaya, I would have said you were crazy. I am very picky and tend to eat bland foods.
The parking lot had some cool murals, so I snapped a few photos before we headed to the seawall. Once there, we headed to Hotel Galvez, to check out their Christmas decorations. They had some nice Christmas trees, and a gingerbread house.
After a short walk on the beach, we headed to the Strand. It was so quiet compared to Saturday’s Dickens event, but it was nice. We enjoyed coffee and chai tea at another new favorite place, MOD Coffeehouse. We browsed in a few stores and got more candy at La King’s Confectionery.
We headed to Moody Gardens around 4 p.m. to buy our holiday combo tickets. Moody Gardens is a large resort type area with lots of activities. They have a bunch of special holiday activities. We picked the holiday combo ticket, which got us access to Ice Land: Pole to Pole, Festival of Lights, and one other attraction of our choosing, all after 4 p.m. We went on a Thursday, which is considered a value day, and saved $5 each on our tickets.
The attraction we chose was the Rainforest Pyramid. The main attractions of Moody Gardens are the three pyramids, each with a theme: Rainforest, Aquarium and Discovery. (I had been to the Aquarium Pyramid with mom, dad and Aunt Susie earlier this year.)
The Rainforest Pyramid was neat. You walk through the different levels of the rainforest, the top, the middle and then the understory. And as you walk through the paths, there are animals to look at, such as birds and reptiles.
The second thing we did was Ice Land: Pole to Pole, which is a big enclosed tent kept at 9 degrees, and filled with ice sculptures and scenes. This year’s theme is North Pole and the South Pole.
They were handing out parkas to everyone, but Derek and I had dressed up as we would normally do if we were still in Pennsylvania, so we skipped this line and headed in. When we first opened the door, we looked at each other and said, “This isn’t bad! It feels like Wellsboro.” The group of older ladies that entered behind us were exclaiming, “It feels like the North Pole in here!” Perspective.
We were both impressed with the ice sculptures. They had one for just about every animal. There was also an ice slide (apparently you need the parkas for this because I got stuck half way down!) and an Ice Bar, which Derek bought drink tickets for.
After leaving the ice tent, the 66 degree temperature outside felt quite comfortable. Then it was off to the Festival of Lights, which is a one-mile walking trail with light displays. They did a great job, with lots of different things and scenes to look at.
If you’re in the Galveston area, I recommend the holiday combo ticket. We paid about $25 each (remember, for a value night) but even with the regular $30 price, you’re still getting three attractions for the price of one. A regular ticket to just the Rainforest Pyramid is $25!