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.

Eat, Drink and be Merry with Family and Friends at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Thanksgiving is this week! Do you have your turkey, pies and sides ready? If you don’t, we’ve got you covered at the Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving foods such as Tom Turkey with Gravy, Prime Rib au Jus with Horseradish Sauce, Crispy Crusted Tilapia over Vegetable Juliennes, Cornbread and Chestnut Dressing, Pumpkin Soup with Herbed Croutons, an assortment of homemade desserts including Pumpkin Pie and Jack Daniels Chocolate Chip Pie, and complimentary bloody mary’s and mimosas. Call 409-683-4466 and make your reservation now! Buffet seating will be available beginning starting at 11:30 a.m. and will continue every half hour through the last seating at 3:00 p.m. Prices are $52.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, $24.95 for children (4-12).

After “stuffing” yourself with yummy foods, walk off your meal at our Festival of Lights. The mile-long outdoor walking trail is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. On the trail, you’ll see various lighted displays set to music. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink (bring your own skates or rentals available for $7), try out our Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa. Festival admission is $10.95 (includes ice skate admission).
Every Thursday at Festival of Lights is Food Drive Thursdays. Food Drive Thursdays 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 Thursday throughout the Festival and receive a two-for-one Festival admission. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Bank.

Enjoy the excitement of the holiday shopping season at our Home for the Holidays Gift Market. On Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, browse more than 150 vendors with items ranging from clothing, candles, soaps, jewelry, home décor and more. Admission is $6.00 per ticket and when you buy one, you’ll get one free. Hotel guests will receive complimentary admission. Teachers get in free both days (with id), Admission to Festival of Lights is $5.95 with a Home for the Holidays Gift Market ticket.

Want to see what winter feels like in other parts of the country? Visit Ice Land Ice Sculptures and see 2 million pounds of ice transformed into majestic marvels. The 30 feet tall sculptures are housed in our insulated tent and kept at 9 degrees. Don’t worry, all guests will receive parkas to keep warm. Adults are $26.95 and seniors (65+) and children (4-12) are $21.95.