Celebrate Fall and Welcome Winter at Moody Gardens!

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Moody Gardens is the perfect place to indulge in shrieks and treats and bask in the warm glow of holiday lights. With so much planned in October, November and December, guests will have a plethora of events to choose from during the holiday months.

On October 25, bring the ghosts and zombies to Ghostly Gardens. The spooktacular event offers costume contests, creepy crafts and trick-or-treating stands at various locations across the property.

On November 14, Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season on the island with Santa parachuting into Moody Gardens. Go snow tubing on the Arctic Ice Slide or take a walk through the winter wonderland and see more than one million lights brightening up holiday spirits.

ICE LAND also opens on November 14. See more than 2 million pounds of ice carved and colored to celebrate the holidays. Admission to the exhibition is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children.

holiday events galvestonFood Drive Fridays offer the opportunity to enjoy the Festival of Lights and get a special discount to help those in need this holiday season. Bring a non-perishable food item every Friday throughout the Festival and receive a two-for-one Festival admission. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

Festival of Lights is open every day starting November 14 – January 10. Admission is $10.95.

Tickets to other attractions are available for just $7.00 each with a FOL ticket. Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Catch the Last Bits of Summer at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center!

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Relish in the warm summer days and long nights at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. With the start of school underway, a getaway to Moody Gardens Hotel is sure to delight families, couples and those wanting an escape.

Our full-service spa is perfect for couples wanting to reconnect. Indulge in a couples massage or soak while taking advantage of our featured Island Dreaming spa specials. Get into the tropical theme with a Coconut Sunset treatment. The 50 minute Swedish massage and a warm coconut scalp massage will have you dreaming of palm trees and ocean waves. The Coconut Sunset package is available for $100.

Soothe your hands and feet with calming lavender. Our lavender Escape Manicure includes a lavender soak to soften the skin and leave a scent of sweet escape. The lavender Escape Pedicure includes a lavender soak, sweet lavender scrub, as well as a smooth lavender mask and moisturizing treatment (nail grooming and polish). The two hour treatment is available for $90.

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Wake up with our Orange Blossom Sunrise. The citrus scrub will wash away dead skin and leave your body feeling nourished and awake. This will include the body sugar scrub, hydrotherapy bath to wash away product and a moisturizing treatment. The 50 minute treatment is available for $89.

Blissfully relax in a hydrotherapy soak with our Island Waters treatment. Star fruit scent will ease the mind and the massage jets will ease the muscles making you feel as if the ocean is all around you! The 20 minute procedure is available for $40.

Another popular place year-round is our outdoor heated tropical pool. Guests love lounging by the pool and relaxing in the hot tub. Our adult lounge area with cabanas is great for adults to spend quality time together.

A great place for water-related fun is our Palm Beach Water Park. Admission to Palm Beach is included in your hotel stay. Palm Beach Water Park offers a lazy river, wave pool, two tower slides and a splash pad. Admission for adults is $23.95, $17.95 for children and seniors 65+ and older. Palm Beach Water Park is open every Saturday and Sunday starting August 24-September 12.

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Did you know that Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is part of Houston Restaurant Weeks 2015? From now until September 7, visit Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks and enjoy a special $45 3-course menu. All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank. Choose from watermelon salads, lobster bisque, pan sautéed gulf snapper, petite filet mignon, lamb chops, fresh berries, crème brulee, chocolate cake and more.

So hurry up and relish in the last few days of summer at Moody Gardens Hotel, before the hustle and bustle of everyday life gives way to shorter days and cold nights.

Get Crafty with Brews, Suds and Sun at Moody Gardens Hotel this Labor Day Weekend!


Make plans now to attend the 6th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. The festival, tapped as a fan-favorite by ThrillList, also remains a favorite of the industry where brewers regularly unveil never before tasted brews. Join fellow craft beer lovers and supporters as they gather Labor Day weekend to celebrate and sample more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews. This foamtastic celebration takes place at Moody Gardens Friday, September 4 through Sunday September 6, 2015.

The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing. There are a host of related events like the BrewMasters PubCrawl and Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. Featured activities include: Beach, Brews and Bands live musical performances and fireworks, educational events, a slew of Brew Brains and industry experts, including award-winning BrewMasters and home brewing masters.


Festivities begin on Friday, September 4 with the BrewMasters Pub Crawl at 8 p.m. Hop on board this festive party bus departing from Moody Gardens with a tour to some of Galveston’s trendiest bars. Meet featured Brew Brains at each stop. Tickets are $25 in advance.

If you are Texas beer fan, and who isn’t, make your first stop of the day on Saturday, September 5, at the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. You’ll have a rare opportunity to take a tasting tour in a small group and intimate environment to enjoy featured Texas brewed selections. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and always sell out.

Then it’s time for the grand tasting.  Saturday, September 5, sample some of the best brews in the world made available to beer lovers at the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center. The Grand Tasting will feature over 400 craft and specialty brews as well as a Wine Escape with wine samplings. Admission to BrewHaHa is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $85 for a VIP ticket, or choose a multi-event Hopper Pass. The BrewHaHa Grand Tasting will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes access to multiple beer seminars for all who take pride in their beer and want to expand their knowledge of craft beers.

Thirsty for more? This year Brewlicious Brews & Foods Pairing moves to Sunday to give foodies time to get to the island. This spectacular event, where everyone is a VIP, is for the serious beer and culinary enthusiast. Every featured beer will be paired with food with a focus on high-end, premium, unique beer paired with just the perfect culinary accompaniment. BrewLicious Brews and Foods will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $75.

What would Labor Day be without a concert on the beach? On Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. get ready to have some fun in the sun as Moody Gardens rolls out a beach blast. Beach, Brews & Bands features live music in the sand followed by fireworks at Palm Beach. Tickets are $12 at the gate. $6 online as an add-on to any BrewMasters ticket purchase. Or $6 at the gate with a BrewMasters wrist band or ticket receipt. Tickets include all activities at Palm Beach plus the concert and fireworks. Admission to Palm Beach is included in your hotel stay.

Driving responsibly is always a must so all BrewMasters events also have a designated driver ticket.  Designated drivers cannot sample any beer.

Summertime is for Children at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

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Summer is in full swing at Moody Gardens Hotel and while it’s easy to be enamored with the billiards in the Garden Cay, adult lounge area and swim-up bar at the outdoor pool and fine dining at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks, it’s often the littlest ones that remind us what summer vacation is all about… playtime and carefree days.

Being a guest at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, we go the extra mile to make sure children have an experience of a lifetime. One way we delight the youngest visitors is with our complimentary program, Kids Crew.

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Kids Crew offers supervised activities designed for children such as arts and crafts, scavenger hunts around the hotel, dino digs, bounce houses, kite flying, face painting, karaoke, video games, movie nights, s’mores and much more.

Parents must be present throughout the duration of their child’s involvement of the program. Children with special needs are welcome to participate in the Kids Crew program. Let our counselors know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate their needs.

Another popular place that children will love is our new Ropes Course and Zip Line. While the adults can climb on the 5 story structure, there is a ropes course for youngsters. Children between the ages of 2 through 7 love the Sky Tykes Ropes Course. The open course design allows for easy parent participation for any level of assistance needed. Parents are able to walk alongside their child or simply step back and watch them tackle the course independently.

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As always, our Rainforest, Aquarium and Discovery Pyramids provide endless entertainment for children and adults. From watching the free roaming monkeys and birds fluttering throughout the temperate climate of the Rainforest Pyramid, to the penguins swimming, seals jumping and sharks gliding majestically throughout 1.5 million gallons of water. A trip to our Discovery Pyramid is sure to leave audiences delighted as they dive in the deep blue sea in the latest immersive experience featuring a world-known cartoon character.

A visit to Moody Gardens will leave the entire family delighted. Want to schedule your family vacation now? Contact us and receive a $50 resort credit on your two night stay. Cannot be combined with groups or other discounts.

Celebrate Summer, 4th of July, Labor Day and BrewMasters

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Summer is in full swing at Galveston’s family-friendly vacation destination. The lobby at Moody Gardens is bustling with excited guests, the outdoor tropical pool is packed with children splashing and the adult area and swim-up bar is buzzing with excitement that’s insurmountable during the summer months. Just a few steps away, the smell of roasted marshmallows and the sounds of laughter fill the air at the Kids Crew Pad. Summer is about adventure, recharging and reconnecting and families continue to do all three while at Moody Gardens Hotel.

This summer, visit the famous pyramids that make Moody Gardens so special. The Aquarium Pyramid is teaming with aquatic life and the always-popular penguins. You can even meet a penguin. The Moody Gardens Public Penguin Encounter is a 45-minute program designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid South Atlantic Exhibit. Led by a Moody Gardens biologist, the experience starts at the front of the exhibit and takes guests behind the scenes to the penguin food preparation kitchen and the back of the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment and care. Participants will experience the cool climate, sounds and even smells of the exhibit and witness a penguin create a work of art as part of an enrichment activity for the animal.

Visit the Rainforest Pyramid and feel the temperate climate of a real rainforest. There, you can stroll the canopies among the free roaming monkeys and birds. You can also view snakes, spiders and other creepy-crawlies that are sure to excite and delight.

A trip to the Discovery Pyramid is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Visit our latest immersive experience featuring a world famous cartoon character and go underwater. The 3D journey is packed with special effects and encourages audience interaction. Visit Speed: Science in Motion and learn about the science of Formula 1 racing. See a real race car and work in a real pit lane.

This 4th of July, celebrate Independence Day at Moody Gardens. Visit Palm Beach (admission is included in your hotel stay) and listen to the awesome sounds of Rat Ranch perform at Bands on the Sand, an annual summer concert series. Bands on the Sand highlights local and regional bands every Friday and Saturday night. Each performance is capped off with an awesome firework show over Offats Bayou and the Moody Gardens Pyramids.

Labor Day is the perfect time to discover all things beer at the 6th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. The three-day festival showcases more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews. Guests are treated to the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and the BrewLicious Brews and Food Pairing, BrewMasters Pub Crawl, Texas Brewery Tasting Tour as well as Beach, Brews and Bands. For those wanting to stay at Moody Gardens during the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, we are offering 20% off rooms and a $50 resort credit on a two night stay. For complete BrewMasters pricing, go to www.brewmastersbeerfest.com.

Love sailing on Offats Bayou? Bring your boat to Moody Gardens and dock it at our marina. For guests who want to bring their boat, Moody Gardens has a 16 slip marina. 12 slips can accommodate boats up to 42 feet and 4 slips that can accommodate 60 feet or more.  We charge $1.50 per foot Sunday – Thursday and $2.50 per foot on Fridays – Saturdays. Also booking a marina slip gives you full access to Palm Beach as well as the fitness center located in the Spa. Call 1-888-388-8484 to reserve your slip.

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?

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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 http://www.moodygardens.com/penguinwebcam/ 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 http://www.moodygardens.com/attractions/mg_3d_theater/films_showtimes/ 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.