Mother’s Day at Moody Gardens

itemImage_331Mother’s Day ought to be memorable and serve as a reminder of the love and appreciation moms need year-round. What better way to create joyful Mother’s Day memories than with a weekend getaway to Moody Gardens on beautiful Galveston Island.

Moody Gardens Hotel is an ideal location for Mother’s Day celebrations. With its wide selection of activities and luxurious accommodations, the resort offers moms a chance to take a well-deserved break from work and responsibility. So what can they enjoy at Moody Gardens over Mother’s Day weekend?

Mother’s Day Treats at Moody Gardens Hotel

As a special treat to all mothers and guests, we are offering complimentary Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Moms eat for free (one mother, per guest room) at our Mother’s Day Buffet. Mothers will also receive a rose. At the buffet, you can indulge in a wide selection of delicious food. These include waffles, salads, berry yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit, and omelets prepared the way she likes. If she loves seafood, she can enjoy chilled Gulf shrimp, roasted Yucatan grouper, and grilled Swordfish with crab served with an apple vinaigrette. Meat dishes range from herb roasted chicken to a smoked prime rib with Worcestershire Jus. She can also help herself to freshly baked breads and an assortment of vegetable side dishes.

Make sure she saves room for dessert. Desserts include chocolate croissants, blueberry muffins, key lime pound cake, rocky road Rice Krispies, and richly flavored offerings from a flambé station.

The chief highlight of Mother’s Day at Moody Gardens is the Sunday buffet, which opens at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The prices for the buffet are $52.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, $24.95 for children ages 4-12 and children 3 and under are free. Be sure to call (409) 683-4466 to schedule your reservation.

Along with the high-quality buffet, Moody Gardens Hotel offers other treats for visiting moms and fitness fans with complimentary yoga. Get ready to release your inner aura and participate in free yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday. The Spa at Moody Gardens Hotel also provides opportunities for rejuvenation and stress relief.

More Moody Gardens Fun on Mother’s Day

Visiting Moody Gardens on Mother’s Day weekend means you get a chance to explore what makes Moody Gardens so special. Moody Gardens is also well-known for its numerous family-friendly activities. Visit the Rainforest Pyramid, where you can see free-roaming monkeys, birds, and snakes up close. The Aquarium Pyramid introduces you to a host of aquatic wildlife, including sharks, penguins and seals. Be sure to enjoy the world-class MG 3D and 4D Special FX theaters, a golf course that gives golfers stunning views of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and a thrilling ropes course and zip line that gives a birds-eye view of Palm Beach.

For more information about planning your Mother’s Day visit at Moody Gardens, be sure to check out our website. With our well-earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, we have a reputation for offering a high-quality vacation experience.

For those who enjoy live music, this Mother’s Day weekend, the resort will host the Red Cat Jazz Festival, which features renowned performers and a special event honoring the mothers of jazz legends.


Create a Memorable Spring Break at Moody Gardens

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Heading to a warm, sunny climate with plenty of water fun makes for the perfect spring break getaway. Families planning trips can find countless things to do in the nation’s southern reaches, but no Texas destination offers more charm than Galveston. If you’re planning a spring break trip for your family, explore the memory-making options that Moody Gardens offers.

A Family Friendly Experience for the Everyone

Making the most out of a family spring break trip means planning activities that will please kids and parents alike. You’ll find that Moody Gardens offers plenty of options that cater to those young and young at heart.

Eat breakfast at Café in the Park and start your day off on a high note. Enjoy traditional breakfast fare or head to Moody Brews which is always serving Starbucks signature beverages and a pastry.

The entire family will enjoy the hotel’s heated outdoor tropical pool with swim-up bar and cabanas. Treat yourself to a massage at the full service spa, or show off your trick shot at the Garden Cay Activity Room filled with billiards and large flat screen tvs or cool off under the hot sun with some Blue Bell ice cream from Blossom’s.

The littlest ones will enjoy doing activities at Kids Crew Club. Parents must stay with their child as a way for the whole family to delight in the fun. From face painting, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, movie nights, jump rope contests, Wii competitions and making s’mores, children and their parents are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Visit the Rainforest Pyramid and walk among the plant canopies and see birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles ranging from Saki Monkeys, Asian fairy bluebirds, Panamanian golden frog, turtles and more. Step inside the butterfly garden and see hundreds of butterflies and learn the various stages of life. Learn about conservation and ecology while feeling a true rainforest climate.

Next, walk to the Aquarium Pyramid and go deep into the ocean depths of the South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and Caribbean. Our 1.5 million gallon aquarium is teaming with marine life ranging from sharks, penguins, seals and fish. Surprise your family with an up-close visit with a real penguin with our Private Penguin Encounters. For only $50 per person, you can learn biology, conservation and how to care for a real penguin. Go to to see a live penguin cam and watch the always popular penguins in action.

Take a load off at our MG 3D and 4D Special FX Theaters located inside our Visitor’s Center. See the latest movies in 3D on the world’s first 4K 3D giant screen 6-Primary laser projection system. Audiences will see a picture that is nearly three and a half times brighter and featuring more vibrant colors than normal theaters. Moody Gardens has also replaced the 60 by 80 foot MG 3D silver screen with a white one. The result  is now the sharpest picture quality ever seen in a 3D theater.

Along with the theater’s top-of-the-line 11.1 surround sound system, this new laser projection further distinguishes the MG 3D Theater as one of the premier cinema venues, giving audiences the best viewing experience in the world. Click to see the films and showtimes.

Get a bird’s eye view of Moody Gardens as well as Palm Beach and Offats Bayou on our new Ropes Course and Zip Line. The five-tier ropes course is the tallest steel ropes course on the Gulf Coast! With 48 different obstacles, participants can choose their own path as they make their way to the top. Feel the wind in your hair on our Zip Line. Snap into your harness and step to the edge of the zip line platform and glide over Palm Beach and the Lazy River 60 ft. in the air for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens pyramids and tropical gardens. Got a little thrill seeker? No problem! Children can even take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes Ropes Course that is appropriate for those who are 48 inches and under. The open course design allows for easy parent participation for any level of assistance needed. Parents can walk along their child or simply step back and watch the smiles grow.

Explore the Discovery Museum Pyramid and see the latest traveling exhibit. Sail on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat along Offats Bayou and watch the sun set over the three majestic pyramids. Our paddlewheel boat is a replica of a real 1800’s paddlewheel boat.

Hit the links at the Moody Gardens Golf Course. Galveston’s premier public course is a seaside links enchantress whose lush paspalum fairways are lined with 500 palms and shorebird habitat. Sydnor Bayou laps at its shores to entice your best shot. Five sets of tees create diverse challenges for every level of play. As one of the state’s top public courses, this completely new par 72 seaside links enchantress has undergone a comprehensive renovation. You will enjoy its larger practice range, new golf cart fleet and a newly remodeled clubhouse and pro shop.

For parents, wanting to have a date night, head up to the ninth floor and eat at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks. Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is one of only 11 Houston/Galveston area restaurants to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award of Excellence and has done so each year since 2004. Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is Galveston’s finest restaurant unsurpassed both in cuisine and service with an upscale ambiance.

Enjoying Your Time in Galveston

If you’re planning to stay at Moody Gardens for your spring break, you may want to head out and enjoy everything the community of Galveston offers. You might enjoy spending time on a sunny beach or ride the Galveston Island Ferry. Outdoor enthusiasts can fish, hike and take photos of the beautiful landscapes on the island.

History buffs will enjoy visiting the area’s historic attractions, including the Moody Mansion, Ashton Villa and Bishop’s Palace. A variety of art galleries can be found in the downtown area as well. You’ll also find great shopping and dining opportunities in Strand Historic District.

Making great spring break memories is as easy as planning a vacation to Moody Gardens in Galveston. Browse our website to learn more.

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Moody Gardens Launches First Institutional Giant Screen 6P Laser Theater

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The laser theater experience comes to this unique resort hotel in Galveston

Moody Gardens is known for a number of attractions spanning our 242-acre campus. To add to the lure, we’re about to launch the first-ever institutional giant screen 6P laser projection theater system.

In partnership with D3D Cinema, Christie Digital Systems, MDI and Infitec GmbH, Moody Gardens is proud to present this stunning new technology that will change the way you enjoy movies.

Laser Theater Technology

Thanks to advances in home theater systems, more people are beginning to enjoy the cinema experience at home rather than going to a movie theater. In response, the movie industry is looking for new ways to wow audiences. Laser projection is the latest development in the fast-growing world of cinema technology. Optimized for 3D films, laser projectors are meant to deliver a clearer, crisper picture that makes the movie experience more immersive and exciting.

The Laser Experience at Moody Gardens

Using a 6P laser illuminated 4K 3D dual projector provided by Christie Digital Systems, the Moody Gardens theater will show films on an 80-foot by 60-foot 1.4 gain premium white screen made by MDI. The equipment includes 4k laser projection heads and a 6P modular light farm with fiber-optic delivery to give filmgoers the ultimate cinema experience. 4k 3D high-bitrate IMBs and 90% efficient 6P glasses from Infitec add to the package. Together, the theater’s components deliver movies in a way that goes beyond the industry standards for “ultra-bright” screens. The result is unlike anything that can be found in a standard movie theater, even those with modern laser projectors.

The Future of Film?

This type of laser theater is new ground for the movies, but Moody Gardens is no stranger to testing out the latest technology. For years, the Galveston hotel has been working with D3D to present the latest in projection imagery. Though you’ll find laser projectors in other theaters, the 6P system at Moody is cutting edge. Even industry professionals are beginning to recognize the projector’s superiority for delivering an unforgettable movie experience.

To see this spectacular laser theater for yourself the next time you’re in the Galveston area, contact Moody Gardens for a reservation. Not only will you be able to experience movies with crystal-clear laser projection as you’ve never seen them before, but you’ll also have access to a wide array of other attractions found only at Moody Gardens. From the Aquarium Pyramid to the Moody Gardens Golf Course, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Get Ready for a Magical Christmas Show at Moody Gardens

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Make Moody Gardens Your Choice for Christmas Fun This Year

Do you have any holiday plans? If you’ll be in our neck of the woods this Christmas season, we invite you to take part in one of the most highly anticipated holiday events on the Texas Gulf Coast: A Magical Christmas 2014. This family-friendly event has everything you could possibly want in a holiday show—and then some.

What Is A Magical Christmas 2014?

A Magical Christmas 2014 is a dinner show that includes a very special guest list: master illusionist Curt Miller and his supporting cast of friends. The 2014 iteration of this annual show will feature an all-new slate of illusions and magic acts with ample opportunity for audience participation and enjoyment. The show is offered at competitive prices and runs from December 18 to December 27 – the peak of the Christmas season. Let’s take a closer look at what past audiences have experienced and what this year’s attendees can expect from Mr. Miller and his friends.

History of the Show

This is the third year of A Magical Christmas at Moody Gardens, and the entire cast and crew are excited to build on their past successes. Since its inception, the show has been attended by more than 15,000 people and has received praise from some of the most critical media outlets in the region. Mr. Miller specializes in disappearing acts and other high-stakes illusions, promising mind-bending fun for even the most skeptical of adult attendees.

What Will You Find at This Year’s Show?

This year, Island Star Productions is pleased to announce a completely revamped show that includes all-new illusions and a re-energized score. At A Magical Christmas 2014, you can expect:
•    An all-new magic show with an impressive cast and crew
•    A holiday buffet organized by award-winning chef Robbin Murphy
•    Admission to Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
•    Powerful music and all-around holiday cheer
Depending on seating section, adult tickets range in price from $55 to $85. Kids’ tickets range from $15 to $75. For groups of 20 or more, adult and child tickets come with respective costs of $45 and $29.

Plan Your Holiday Getaway at Our Beautiful Galveston Hotel

Even if you can’t make it to A Magic Christmas 2014, we hope you’re convinced that the holiday season is the absolute best time to visit Moody Gardens. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Galveston hotel soon and ensuring that you have an experience that lasts a lifetime. To learn more about our amenities, room availability and more, give us a call at (888) 388-8484 or visit our online booking portal.

Be Dazzled By The Festival of Lights

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The Special Shine of a Holiday Spectacular

All the stars over Galveston Bay can’t hold a candle to the glorious glow that lights up every holiday season here at Moody Gardens. From now through January 3, make your plans to crest the causeway into this island city just as the sun starts to set. You’ll be greeted with a dazzling display that’s become a beloved Gulf Coast holiday getaway for happy natives and enchanted guests.


Lights Along Galveston Bay

Starting every year in mid-November, Moody Gardens puts a special shine in the holiday season with our spectacular Festival of Lights, which features the biggest, most beautiful lighting display on the Texas coast. That’s not bragging because this trail glows with more than 1 million lights, 100 animated displays, live entertainment every night and more. From the tops of our towering glass pyramids to pathways bathed in twinkling magic, this is the family holiday experience of a lifetime.

The Coolest Ice in Texas

For more than 10 years, we’ve lovingly tended this brilliant presentation with new additions for your holiday pleasure. This season premiers ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants. A team of 31 world-renowned ice sculptors created this fantasy world from more than 900 tons of ice. The Festival of Lights gets bigger and better every year, and ICE LAND promises to deliver some of the coolest fun Galveston Bay has ever enjoyed.

Non-Stop Holiday Entertainment

Be sure to pack your ice skates when you come to visit because the festival includes a beautiful outdoor rink. You can always rent a pair of blades if you need them, and Santa doesn’t mind waiting. He’s available for perfect holiday pictures, and you’ll want to bring the camera to catch all the action on our Arctic Ice Slide too. Relax with a movie at one of our three special theaters, enjoy dining at the Garden Restaurant, and sail Galveston Bay on our private paddlewheel called the Colonel. A shimmering mile of twinkling lights and holiday entertainment are all yours during our unforgettable Festival of Lights.

This holiday season, swing on down to Galveston, and let us put the stars in your eyes and a smile on your face. You’re cordially invited to gather up family memories that will shine brightly for years to come. Contact our friendly staff here at Moody Gardens Hotel for all the delightful details, and plan on a dazzling getaway. It’s time to make the Gulf Coast a part of your favorite holiday traditions.

Welcome New Executive Chef Robbin Murphy to Moody Gardens Hotel

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Dining With Us Stays Delicious

Just in time for your holiday feasting pleasure, Executive Chef Robbin Murphy joins our family. We’re very proud to welcome him to Moody Gardens here on Galveston Bay. We extend a most cordial invitation to you and your family for our sparkling seasonal celebrations, and we especially hope you’ll join us for Chef Murphy’s lavish Thanksgiving buffet.

Culinary Inspiration at Your Service

We bid a fond farewell to Executive Chef Urs Schmid and wish him the best in retirement after 16 wonderful years. As we salute his sterling service, we applaud the arrival of Executive Chef Robbin Murphy and the 20 years of kitchen mastery that he brings to our resort. He has proudly served the finest hotels in New York City, Boca Raton, Denver, San Antonio, Austin and Houston. Chef Murphy’s culinary talents include preparing dishes with his special grilling and smoking techniques, and he’s deeply committed to working with our local fresh seafood and craft suppliers.

Thanksgiving Feasting by the Bay

Put away that baster and let us do the cooking this year while you relax and fill your plate with Chef Murphy’s bountiful offerings. Tender, roasted Tom Turkey stars in our elegant extravaganza, and he shares the banquet stage with an array of entrees including the freshest jumbo Gulf shrimp and divine prime rib. From creamy Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and giblet gravy to divinely decadent desserts, all your favorites grace our Thanksgiving buffet. Our beautiful ballroom is your backdrop for all this delicious dining from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. on November 27.

Celebrations Through the Season

As long as you’re here for our Thanksgiving feast, stay awhile, and enjoy our seasonal fun. Indulge your shopping talents at our Home for the Holidays Gift Market right here at our spacious convention center. More than 150 unique vendors offer delightful home decor, hand-crafted jewelry, home-baked goodies and more on November 28 and 29. Spend an evening strolling through our fabulous Festival of Lights from November 15 through January 3, and take time out to spoil yourself with a Pamper Me Peppermint facial or Peace on Earth Swedish massage at our lovely spa.

This season, we invite you to celebrate with our family here at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center on beautiful Galveston Bay. From our crystal pyramids to Chef Murphy’s delicious dishes, it all awaits your arrival. Give us a call, and book your reservations today. We look forward to making your holidays truly memorable this year.

Have a Magical Holiday in the Gardens

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‘Tis the season for fanciful feasts, dazzling lights, enchanting events & wonderful memories!

ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
November 15 – January 4

A skilled team of 20 professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will take 900 tons of
ice and transform them into majestic marvels. Being the only holiday ice exhibition on
the Gulf Coast, this vast and amazing display of magnificent ice creations will add a
frosty new addition to the Festival of Lights and other holiday attractions this year.
Adults: $26.96, Seniors: $21.95, Child: $15.95, Advance Groups (20+): $15.95
(non-peak dates and peak dates before 4pm).

Festival of Lights
November 15 – January 3

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail
with more than one million lights and 100 illuminated scenes takes you around the
Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of the Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s
only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday
buffets, live entertainment and more. Admission: $8.95. Other attractions just $7 each
with Festival ticket: Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid,
MG 3D and 4D Special FX theaters, Artie Ice Slide, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Ice
Skate Rental. For tickets or info: or (800) 582.4673.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet
November 27

Sit down to a bountiful feast with family and friends as Moody Gardens Hotel hosts its
annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet from llam – 3pm in the Moody Ballroom.
Adults: $44.95, Seniors: $34.95, Children (4,12): $19.95, Children 3 & under are free.
Reservations required, call (409) 741.8484 ext. 4465.

Home for the Holidays Gift Market
November 28 – 29

Shop till you drop Thanksgiving weekend at the Moody Gardens Convention Center
featuring more than 150 of the region’s most unique gift vendors.
Hours: 11/28: 2pm-9pm, 11/29: 10am-9pm
General Admission: $5, VIP Lounge with hors d’oeuvres and beverages: $30.00

A Magical Christmas 2014 Dinner & Show
December 18 – 27

Master Illusionist Curt Miller and his talented friends are back to introduce a new
production, featuring new magic, music and fun. Witness people appearing and
disappearing right before your eyes! Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs
wonderfully performed by spectacular singers and dancers. Includes: Show ticket,
Chef Robbin’s Holiday Buffet Dinner and Festival of Lights. Taxes and gratuities are
included. Admission: Adults $55 ‘ $85, Child (3,12 years) $39, $75, Infants $15 ‘ $75,
Group Rates for 20+

Midnight in the Gardens New Years Eve Gala
December 31, 7:30pm-1am

Ring in the New Year in grand style. The New Year’s Eve party will feature non-stop
entertainment by the bands Commercial Art and Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute
band, an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425.00+ tax per couple or $225.00+ tax
per single person. Hotel accommodations for gala guests start at $109.00+ tax/night.
For reservations: (888) 388-8484.

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Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

Skip the Cooking! Enjoy Our Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel

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Why Cook When Our Talented Kitchen Staff Will Do It for You?

Picture this. It’s 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving and you’re still frantically preparing your turkey before it goes in the oven. Your guests are already going a little heavy on the wine. Your kids are running around the house or yard, wondering when dinner is going to be ready.

We’ve all been there. In a scenario like this, we’d certainly understand if you threw in the towel and hid under the covers. That’s why we’re making it easy for you to ditch the kitchen this Thanksgiving and enjoy a hearty buffet.

The Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel

We’re proud to announce that we’ve set the date and time for our 2014 Thanksgiving buffet. On November 27, we’d love to see you in the Moody Ballroom for a hearty spread that features favorites such as:

•    Tom turkey with giblet gravy, a Moody Gardens specialty
•    Red and yellow tomatoes with mozzarella
•    Cold boiled jumbo Gulf shrimp, a local delicacy
•    Smoked Norwegian salmon
•    Fixings including cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, cornbread and roasted Brussels sprouts
•    Carrot salad with pineapple and raisins
•    Toppings such as pecans and dried cranberries
•    Candied sweet potatoes
•    Homemade desserts, including pies, pastries and other creations for folks with a sweet tooth
•    And more!

That’s quite a list! Our kitchen staff will be hard at work to bring you a Thanksgiving dinner that’s every bit as hearty as the home-cooked variety. We’d be honored to have you at our table.

Other Upcoming Holiday Events at Moody Gardens Hotel

If you won’t be in town this Thanksgiving, don’t despair. Moody Gardens proudly sponsors a variety of other holiday activities, including:

•    A Magical Christmas 2014, a family-friendly dinner show that’s headlined by Master Illusionist Curt Miller
•    Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala, an all-out party to help ring in the new year
•    Festival of Lights, one of the region’s largest holiday celebrations

Plan Your Next Stay at the Premier Hotel/Resort in Galveston

Whether you’re certain you’re spending this Thanksgiving in Galveston or want to plan an island getaway at your earliest convenience, you can count on the friendly folks at Moody Gardens to give you the quintessential Galveston experience. If you’re ready to book your next stay, visit us online to reserve your rooms and plan your family’s trip. We’ll leave the door open for you!

Track Progress with Our Ice Land Web Cam!

You’re going to be impressed with what you’ll find here at Moody Gardens during this year’s holiday season! In just a few weeks, 42 truckloads of colorful ice blocks will be delivered to the grounds, where they will be used to create our much-anticipated Ice Land attraction. We recently installed a webcam (click here) and aimed it right at the exhibit, so you can keep an eye on the progress all the way up until opening day on November 15th.

Moody Gardens’ Winter Festivities Get an Upgrade in 2014!

If you’ve visited Moody Gardens during the holidays in years past, you already know how impressive the setup is. Last year alone, more than 130,000 people came through to check out the Festival of Lights, which features more than 1 million colorful, sparkling lights. As in years past, 2014′s festivities will include a holiday dinner show hosted by a first-rate illusionist, an Arctic Ice Slide and an outdoor ice rink.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a stay at the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel? We’re ground zero for premium holiday excitement.

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Moody Gardens: Coolest Holiday Destination in the Southwest

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November 15 – January 4
• ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
• Festival of Lights
• Spectacular Entertainment, Attractions and Hotel

Moody Gardens will transform into the premier holiday destination with the debut of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants! As the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this vast and amazing display of magnificent ice creations will add a frosty new addition to complement the Festival of Lights, holiday films, ice skating, Arctic Ice Slide, holiday dinner and shows, and newly renovated four-diamond hotel to become the largest holiday destination in the Southwest.

ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants

A skilled team of 20 internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will dive into 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels featuring holiday scenes with the beloved Bikini Bottom inhabitants from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island. Visit for peak, non-peak and group blackout dates.

• Adult: $26.95 • Senior: $21.95 • Child: $15.95
Advance Groups (20+):
$15.95 (non-peak dates and peak dates before 4pm)
Hotel Packages Available

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Festival of Lights

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights, and a 100 lighted scenes takes you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of the Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.
Admission: $8.95. Group Rates for 20+
Other attractions just $7 each with Festival ticket: Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater, Artic Ice Slide, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Ice Skate Rental
Hotel Packages Available

Moody Gardens Presents A Magical Christmas 2014

Dinner & Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends
December 18 – 27
Join us for Curt Miller’s new holiday production featuring magic, music and fun! Witness people appearing and disappearing right before your eyes!  Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs wonderfully performed by spectacular singers and dancers.
• Adults $55 – $85 • Child (3-12 years) $39 – $75 • Infants $15 – $75 • Group Rates for 20+
Includes:  Show ticket, Chef Urs’s Holiday Buffet Dinner and Festival of Lights. Taxes and gratuities are included.
Hotel Packages available