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Galveston Hotel–Hotel Galvez to Host Holiday Lighting Celebration November 27

Galveston, TX, October 17, 2009 --( Hotel Galvez will host its second annual Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Due to popular response to last year’s event, the hotel owners decided to make this an ongoing event. This celebration will feature a special visit by Santa Claus, holiday entertainment by Galveston Ballet and Galveston College Choir, holiday greetings by Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, and a special appearance by Queen Victoria to invite guests to the upcoming Dickens on The Strand.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus by carriage. Guests are invited to take pictures with Santa, sing carols and enjoy holiday entertainment during the evening. The highlight of the evening will be the moment when the Mayor hits the switch to officially light up the hotel for the holiday season. Festivities will take place on the front lawn of the hotel.

As part of the event, Executive Chef Jerry Helminski will unveil his holiday gingerbread display – a gingerbread replica of the Hotel Galvez, while the lobby bar will feature holiday specialty drinks. The event is free to the public and sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and Hotel Galvez & Spa.

Santa Claus will make additional special appearances at the hotel’s Sunday Brunch with Santa on Dec. 6, 13 and 20, where guests are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa. During the month of December, the hotel’s live entertainment will take on a holiday theme on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays, from 11 am to 2 p.m.

The Hotel Galvez is also offering a Thanksgiving Getaway Package that includes Thanksgiving Day Brunch for two, tickets to Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and a “Thank You Special for Two” at The Spa at the Hotel Galvez with a 50 percent discount on a second spa service. The package, available Nov. 25-28, is $369 for a two-night stay on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Thursday or $479 for a stay on Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, based on double occupancy. For room reservations, call (800) WYNDHAM, or visit and see special offers.

The Hotel Galvez, A Wyndham® Historic Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, remains the only historic beachfront hotel in Galveston. The Hotel Galvez, which is rated four diamonds by AAA, is owned by Galveston preservationists Cynthia and George Mitchell and is part of Mitchell Historic Properties.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, and its affiliates, subsidiaries of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, China, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or an affiliate. For more information, visit

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Mitchell Historic Properties
Christine Hopkins
Hotel Galvez, 409-765-7721, E-mail:

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