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.

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.