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North Pole to Moody Gardens: Santa Soon to Land

North Pole to Moody Gardens: Santa Soon to Land

Santa parachutes in at 5pm on Saturday, November 20

Last Updated: November 19, 2021 by Moody Gardens | Trip Planning, Events


Only one more day until guests watch while Santa Claus parachutes down from the North Pole to Moody Gardens to help prepare the property for the grand lighting of the Festival of Lights trail, one of the largest holiday lighting events on the Gulf Coast. The public can attend the Opening Day festivities of Holiday in the Gardens on November 20 with live entertainment from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Santa parachutes in at 5 p.m. and after mixing and mingling, Mr. Claus will flip the switch to begin the holiday season at 6 p.m. When the lights go up, the gates officially open for the season and guests can explore the 20th annual Festival of Lights trail filled with even more lights than before, over 100 sound enhanced animated light displays themed to their favorite holiday music, hot cocoa, fireside smores, pictures with Santa and much more.

Santa Parachutes to Moody Gardens
Santa Claus Arriving From North Pole Moody Gardens

After all of the Opening Day excitement, attendees can check out the Festival of Lights buffet located in the Garden Restaurant featuring house made soup, salads, cranberry-sage chicken, portobello ravioli with charred corn and mushroom sauce, chef’s desserts of the night and more. There will also be a variety of festive fare and confections along the Festival of Lights trail. Other holiday attractions include a selection of holiday films in the MG 3D Theater, Rudolph 4D in the 4D Special FX Theater, an Arctic Slide and train rides.

Kids at Holiday in the Gardens
Holiday In The Gardens Moody Gardens

“It’s wonderful to see the joy on children’s faces as Santa parachutes on opening day,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt. “It’s been an honor to bring the tradition of the holiday season to families for 20 years. From marriage proposals to a baby’s first Christmas, the variety of memories created here at Moody Gardens are very special and we are looking forward to creating more new memories this year.”

Individuals looking to experience all of our holiday attractions on Opening Day can purchase a Holiday Pass, which includes admission to the Festival of Lights as well as a 3D and 4D movie and the Arctic Slide for $39 with a discount to $29 on Value Days. Festival of Lights admission tickets are $22. Holiday attractions open at 6 pm and close at 10 pm on regular days and 9 pm on Value Days. Moody Gardens’ year-round daytime attractions will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Value Days are every Sunday – Thursday between November 28 and December 16. Hotel Packages with attractions tickets, Break with Santa and discounts are also available.

For more information, including ticket and hotel package options, please visit www.moodygardens.org/holiday_season.

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
2021-11-19T09:58:13-06:00

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