11 Days Until The Opening Of Ice Land and Festival Of Lights!

Moody Gardens is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Ice Land:Rainforest Holiday and Festival of Lights! Finishing touches are being made to the ice and the lights are in place. On November 11, come out to our grand opening celebration! See jugglers and listen to live choirs sing and perform while waiting for the man of the hour…. Santa!

When Santa arrives, he will flip the switch, illuminating the entire Festival of Lights trail, signaling the official opening of Festival of Lights and Ice Land!

Festival of Lights and Ice Land are open daily, starting November 11-January 7, 2018.

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Fall Has Arrived In The Gardens!

Dear Friends,

You can tell fall has arrived at Moody Gardens. The days are getting shorter, the weather is starting to cool down and we are looking forward to all the activities and events on the horizon. We are preparing for the holiday season starting with the Moody Gardens Spooktacular, Ghostly Gardens on Sunday, October 29th. Soon after, we head into the Thanksgiving activities. Let us do all the cooking and enjoy a day of relaxation and great food at our famous Thanksgiving Day buffet. With even more items on our brand new menu, come see why we offer the best buffet on Galveston Island.

On Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday, join us for the rescheduled BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. Come and enjoy the craft beers from the Texas region. Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict, we will not have the Home for the Holidays gift show again until 2018. It is starting to look like Christmas here at Moody Gardens also. The Festival of Lights trail is being set, the Ice Land tent is up and the ice carvers are hard at work.

The holiday activities start with Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday, opening November 11, along with the annual Festival of Lights. We are excited for the new Rainforest theme for Ice Land. December 15-25, don’t miss Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show, presented by the Lone Star Circus. The show returns with all new international performers that are sure to delight, inspire and dazzle all ages. 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.

Bring out your best black-tie threads and dance the night away at our New Year’s Eve Gala. Held in our convention center, our annual gala is a spectacular night of upscale dining, an open bar, non-stop live music, party favors and a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

With so much to do at Moody Gardens and Galveston Island, there is no better destination for all of your holiday activities. Santa will also be here, so stop on by and enjoy all of the fun activities.


Leon Garrison,
General Manager, Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center