Get ready for shopping of epic proportions! The Home for the Holidays Gift Market is this Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center.
From 10am-8pm both days, shoppers can complete their holiday shopping all at one location! From jewelry, home decor, craft foods, clothing and more, there is something for everyone. This is the place to be for Thanksgiving weekend!
The holiday season is often a time for sharing. Moody Gardens offers you the opportunity to share with those who are in need with the Thursday Night Food Drive.
Every Thursday night from Nov. 17 through Jan. 5, you can bring a non-perishable food item and receive 2-for-1 admission to the Festival of Lights. The food drive program will benefit Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.
The Festival of Lights is the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event a mile-long trail of more than a million lights and 100 sound-enhanced animated displays sparkling over the beautiful Galveston Bay.
Admission to the Festival of Lights is $10.95, including ice skating admission. Guests can bring their own skates or skate rental is available for $7 with the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket.
Tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid®, Rainforest Pyramid®, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, Audience Recognition Theater, Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and Arctic Slide are available for just $7 each with a Festival of Lights ticket. Arctic Slide Passes are available for $7 for one slide, $20 for 10 slides and $25 for all day extended fun and excitement at one of the Festival’s coolest attractions.
Help us help the Pygmy slow loris this season! Order a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Moody Brews and every $1 spent will be donated to the Pygmy Slow Loris for conservation efforts.
According to Wikipedia, “The pygmy slow loris has declined in numbers as a result of extensive habitat degradation throughout its range, including north-eastern Cambodia, the Yunnan Province of China, and Vietnam. The use of defoliants, such as Agent Orange, during the Vietnam War and the ongoing clearing of forests in Vietnam have resulted in a considerable loss of habitat. As of 2003, the forest cover had been reduced to 30% of its original area, with only 10% of the remaining forest consisting of the closed-canopy forests preferred by the pygmy slow loris.”
Moody Brews is located on the lobby level of the hotel, near the main entrance.
Meet Richard! He is the Director of Food and Beverage at Moody Gardens Hotel. He has worked here for 6 years and manages the restaurants, bars and the food and beverage orders for banquet events. When he’s not working hard, Richard enjoys being at home in his kitchen. He loves cooking for his friends and family. Richard also enjoys working around his home. Richard is a great employee and we are lucky to have him. Thank you Richard for all you do!
The holidays are an exciting time for Moody Gardens. It’s our chance to show how each visit with us is completely different and better than the last. This year, our holiday season will show why Moody Gardens is the premier destination for all things holiday on Galveston Island. From family traditions at Festival of Lights, icy treats at ICE LAND, to the spiraling heights at Cirque Joyeux Noel, Moody Gardens is the place that has most holiday entertainment for all interests, ages and budgets.
Festival of Lights is a classic fixture during the holiday season. Now in its 15th year, guests love being able to stroll along the Moody Gardens property and watch animated light displays twinkle against the night sky, listen to live music, sip hot cocoa and enjoy the cool, crisp island breeze. There is also an Arctic Ice Slide for guests to race down. Festival of Lights opens November 12 and runs until January 8. Don’t miss the opening ceremony as Santa will parachute on the property and flip the giant switch, illuminating thousands of lights. Festival admission is $10.95. The price for the Arctic Slide is $7 for one slide, $20 for 10 slides and $25 for all day. If you want to see and feel what an icy Texas winter is like, head over to ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, a Caribbean Christmas. Our skilled team of master ice carvers from Harbin, China, has charted your course for the ultimate Caribbean Christmas! Embark on a breathtaking undersea journey made of two million pounds of colorful ice. Zoom down our towering oil rig ice slide and see the breathtaking Flower Garden Banks and the Gulf of Mexico as you encounter spectacular schools of beautiful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, hammerhead sharks and more on your way to your island destination! Visit Shivers Ice Bar and enjoy an ultra-cool holiday spirit! ICE LAND opens November 12 and runs until January 8. Admission is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors (65+) and $15.95 for children (4-12).
Watch experts sail through the air with the greatest of ease at Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. The show features award-winning performers including Christian Stoinev, a finalist of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The all-new holiday extravaganza also includes the spellbinding quick-change act of Evgeny Vasilenko and Anna Zgurovskaya, the spectacular juggling of the Fusco Brothers, the thrilling hand-to-hand balancing of Passion 2 Balance, the astounding Poema Family with their Risley act, the energizing and beautiful Anna Stankus and her twirling hula hoops and the melodic music and hosting by Michael Hix.
Your ticket to Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show includes entry into the show, a holiday buffet dinner before the show starts and admittance into the Festival of Lights. Ticket prices for Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show range from $59 – $95 for adults, $44 – $85 for children’s tickets (3-12 years), and $15 – $85 for infants. More information for Festival of Lights, ICE LAND and Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show can be found online at www.MoodyGardensHotel.com or by calling 1-888-388-8484. Group pricing is available for parties over 20. Hotel packages are also available.
A Cirque Joyeux Noel is made possible through the support of local hotel and motel tax dollars from the city of Galveston generated to encourage tourism and to further promote arts and entertainment on the island.