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Holiday In The Gardens

Holiday In The Gardens

The Largest Holiday Attraction in the Region

Last Updated: November 20, 2022 by Moody Gardens | Trip Planning, Events


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Galveston Island. Festive sights, sounds, and smells will fill the air until January 7 at Holiday in the Gardens with over nine seasonal attractions including ICE LAND, Festival of Lights trail, and more as the largest holiday destination in the region.

Ice sculptures of grouper and coral
Ice sculptures of grouper and coral Moody Gardens

This holiday season the highly popular ICE LAND ice sculpture attraction has returned after a two-year break due to the pandemic. ICE LAND: A Caribbean Christmas will allow visitors to be fully immersed in the region’s coolest holiday attraction. Guests will embark on a breathtaking underwater journey from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico. As they explore the depths of the ocean, they will discover sunken treasure and see Christmas surprises along the way. There is even an opportunity to enjoy the expanded Shivers Ice Bar featuring festive holiday spirits inside this ultra-cool bar made completely out of ice.

Kids at Holiday in the Gardens
Festival of Lights Moody Gardens

At Festival of Lights, guests can enjoy the one-mile trail filled with millions of lights, over 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays themed to their favorite holiday music, hot cocoa, fireside smores, ice skating, photos with Santa Claus, and much more.

“It’s wonderful to see the joy on children’s faces as they see all of the holiday cheer,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt. “It’s been an honor to bring the tradition of the holiday season to families for over 20 years and to know how many special memories have been created here at Moody Gardens”.”

Other seasonal attractions include a selection of holiday films in the MG 3D Theater, Rudolph 4D in the 4D Special FX Theater, an Arctic Slide, train rides, evening cruises aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, pictures with Santa, and great food that ranges from a festive dinner buffet to your favorite festive fare and confections along the Festival of Lights trail.

Discounted deals are available with the Holiday Pass. Prices start at $65.00 for adults and $45.00 for kids/seniors and include admission to ICE LAND, Festival of Lights, Arctic Slide, Train, Ice Rink, Aquarium Pyramid, 3D and 4D Theaters.  A Value Pass is $95.00 for adults and $75 for seniors and kids and offers a full day of fun with admission to Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Arctic Slide, Train, Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids, Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, 3D, and 4D Theaters, 20,000 Leagues Interactive Adventure.

For more information, including value days, holiday attraction tickets, hotel packages, and more please visit www.moodygardens.org/holiday_season.

Moody Gardens recognizes the following 2022 Festival of Lights sponsors: KPRC, KSBJ, Huitt-Zollars, Kelso Concrete, Forward Energy Group, Marek Bros, Gilbane, KenMor Electric, Baker Concrete, Letsos Company, Chuoke Plumbing, Forman Equipment and Hunton Services.

Moody Gardens

Introduce yourself to Moody Gardens! Explore the ocean and meet penguins, sharks and more at the Aquarium Pyramid. Enjoy an authentic rainforest adventure and close encounters with free-roaming monkeys, macaws and other endangered animals and plants at the Rainforest Pyramid. Learn about the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum or immerse yourself at the Moody Gardens 3D Theater and 4D Theater. Embark on a Colonel Paddlewheel Boat cruise, have fun during the summer at the lazy river, wave pool and more at Palm Beach, Galveston’s only white sand beach or light up the holidays with the Festival of Lights. Relax and indulge in a little island time at the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel or take on a new challenge at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

Moody Gardens Pyramids
2022-11-20T09:56:48-06:00

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