Find the Perfect Gift at Moody Gardens!

During the holidays, finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be daunting. That is where Moody Gardens comes in. We sell gift cards, spa services, animal encounters and more to fill your needs.

For the person who loves to be pampered, purchase a spa gift card. Animal lovers will love a day pass to the Moody Gardens attractions or even a membership so they can come year-round. Want to treat your sweetie to a romantic getaway? Purchase a hotel gift card and use that for a surprise getaway.

If you’re looking for something more, give us a call at 1-888-388-8484 and we can help make your special gift come true.

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.

Get Your Thrills From Black Friday Deals

The Home for the Holidays Gift Market is back and better than ever! Held November 25 – 26 in the Moody Gardens Convention Center, this is the premier destination for Black Friday shopping. Guests can browse more than 150 vendors selling clothing, food, décor and jewelry. General admission is $6 per person. Gift market hours are 10am-8pm 11/25 and 10am-8pm 11/26.

Let Us Do The Cooking This Thanksgiving

Give thanks on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy a bountiful feast with family and friends as Moody Gardens Hotel hosts its annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet prepared by Executive Chef Robbin Murphy.

On November 26, the buffet will be held in the magnificent Frances Anne Moody Ballroom from 11am- 3pm. The mouthwatering menu prepared by Chef Murphy highlights classic favorites and specialties guaranteed to satisfy all appetites. The menu will feature a delightful selection of offerings such as roasted Tom Turkey with Pan an Jus and Giblet Gravy, dressing, glazed ham, harvest salad, candied sweet potatoes, braised brisket, roasted butternut squash, freshly baked breads and an assortment of homemade desserts such as pumpkin, chocolate and coconut cream pies. Complimentary Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be available.

Seating times are available every half hour beginning at 11am with the last seating at 3pm. Prices are $52.95 for adults, $42.95 seniors, $24.95 for children (ages four-12) and free for children three and under.

For reservations, call (409) 683-4466.

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 Upcoming Holidays at The Moody Gardens Hotel

Mother’s Day

Stay in our updated guest rooms
Mother’s eat free at our special mother’s day buffet*
15% off signature spa services
* some restrictions apply

Memorial Day

$50 resort credit on a two night stay**
Visit SPEED: Science in Motion and investigate the technology of Formula One auto racing. See a pit lane, workshop and physical testing environments.
Kids Crew: Scavenger hunts, movie nights, Wii competitions, bounce house, s’mores and more
Meet Sunny the Penguin- The King of Cool every morning and Friday night
Test your agility on the new ropes course and zip line
Explore the Rainforest, Aquarium and Discovery Pyramids
Play at Palm Beach and the Lazy River
Lounge at our Texas-sized heated outdoor swimming pool
Blossoms Ice Cream serving Blue Bell Ice Cream
** must book by calling 1-888-388-8484

Summer

Plenty of Squeals, Smiles and Excitement for the Entire Family

Take a much needed break from the daily grind and enjoy a jammed packed summer getaway that the family will remember forever. Start your mornings at Café in the Park and eat breakfast with our resident King of Cool, Sunny the Penguin, or pop into Moody Brews and enjoy a signature Starbuck beverage and pastries. Then head out for a day of fun-filled excitement for the whole family.

Kids will delight in the Kids Crew Club. Moody Gardens Hotel’s complimentary activities provided to all guests. Throughout the day, children will be able to make balloon art, arts & crafts, sing karaoke, participate in Wii competitions, watch movies under the stars, play musical jump rope, outdoor activities such as soccer, tug of war and s’mores.

For some friendly competition, rack’em up for a game of pool in the Garden Cay Activity Room or play a round of championship golf at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

Discover an underwater world in one of the world’s largest displays of marine life in our Aquarium Pyramid. Our 1.5 million gallon aquarium is teeming with creatures from tuxedo-clad penguins to seals, stingrays, sharks and more.  Get up close with a real penguin at The Moody Gardens Public Penguin Encounter. The 45-minute program is designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid South Atlantic Exhibit. 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. Walk along the Rainforest Pyramid and enjoy a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators. Visit the MG 3D theater and see the latest movies on the world’s first museum-based 4K 3D giant 6 Primary laser projection system. Engage all of your senses at the MG 4D theater. The 3D projection, audio and show control systems along with wind, seat sensors, leg ticklers, scent, misters and snow put you in the action. Live the high-life on an hour-long cruise aboard our Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, a replica of an 1800s paddlewheel boat. Dinner and private cruises are available for groups of 65 or more (Weather permitting).

Take a break from all of the adventure and relax by the pool at Moody Gardens Hotel. Our Texas-size heated tropical pool with adult lounge area, swim-up bar and cabanas and relax with a giant scoop of ice cream from Blossoms.

Special Spring Break rates are available. On March 8-9, rates begin at $189 per night plus tax.* For more information or hotel reservations, call 888-388-8484 or visit moodygardenshotel.com.

*Does not apply to discounted rates, packages, promotions or group rates.