It’s Time For Bright Lights, Icy Delights And Soaring New Heights!

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.

Black Friday Takes Over The Moody Gardens Convention Center

Black Friday is synonymous with holiday shopping. This November 27 and 28, come out to the Moody Gardens Convention Center and browse more than 150 unique gift vendors. Shop clothing, home decor, jewelry and more. The Home for the Holidays Gift Market hours are 12pm-8pm on November 27 and 10am-8pm on November 28. General admission is $6 per person. When guests purchase one admission, they will get one free. All teachers will receive free admission when they present their school employment identification badge. Those with a Festival of Lights ticket will receive free admission into the gift market. Guests with a Home for the Holidays Gift Market ticket will get admission into the Festival of Lights for $5.95.

Ho Ho Ho! The Holidays Have Arrived At Moody Gardens!

We are days away from the start of the holidays and the excitement is building throughout Moody Gardens. During the holiday season, come see why Moody Gardens is the top destination to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On November 14, come help kick off the holiday season with the grand opening of Festival of Lights. Throughout the day, live music and dance troupes will keep crowds entertained. This event is capped off with Santa Claus parachuting in from above (weather permitting) to flip the switch, illuminating more than 1 million Christmas lights. Admission is $10.95. Other attractions (Rainforest, Discovery and Aquarium) are just $7 each with your festival ticket. Festival of Lights runs November 14- January 10.

Also opening on November 14, is Ice Land Ice Sculptures. A skilled team of professional ice carvers will take 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels. Admission is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children. Special prices are available for groups of 20 or more. Ice Land Ice Sculptures run November 14-January 10.

In December, enjoy A Magical Christmas 2015 Dinner and Show. Master Illusionist Curt Miller and his talented friends will put on a phenomenal production with new music, magic and fun. Doors open at 6:30pm for guests to enjoy a succulent holiday buffet dinner prepared by renowned Executive Chef Robbin Murphy. The 70-minute spectacular show starts at 8pm.

Each ticket to A Magical Christmas 2015 includes one admission to the show, a holiday buffet dinner, admission to the Festival of Lights – the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event, complimentary parking and all taxes and gratuities. The show runs from December 17-27. Prices range from $59-$95 for adults, $44-$85 for children (3-12) and $15-$75 for infants. For tickets, go to moodychristmasshow.com or call 409-683-4186.

Say farewell to 2015 and hello to 2016 at the Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala. On December 31, from 7:30pm to 1:00am, put on your finest black-tie attire and celebrate the new year. Enjoy live music, an open bar, deluxe party favors, lavish buffet, Champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. Tickets are $470+tax per couple or $240+tax per single person. Hotel accommodations for gala guests start at $109+tax/night. For tickets and reservations, call 888-388-8484.

 

Celebrate the Fall and Welcome Winter at Moody Gardens!

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.

Food 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.