Moody Gardens Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events Calendar

Take a look at some of our upcoming events or browse our Annual Events below.

Growing Together at Moody Gardens

Growing Together at Moody Gardens

When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Moody Gardens has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide an educational program offered to individuals with early onset Alzheimer’s and one family member or caretaker. Growing Together at Moody Gardens is a hands on, interactive learning experience using arts and crafts, exotic animal experiences, tours through sections of our exhibits and attractions, Moody Gardens staff presentations and much more! By participating in Growing Together at Moody Gardens, caretakers and family members can use these monthly programs as a fun and exciting topic to reflect back on and discuss in their spare time. Click here for more information.

Annual Events

We host a variety of family-friendly events for our guests and community, including many free events, throughout the year. 

Ice land atMoody Gardens

ICE LAND: Pole to Pole

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for your journey through the rainforests of the world to see monkeys, beautiful birds, incredible butterflies, colorful orchids and so many wonderful creatures. Your hosts on this journey are the spectacular leaf cutter ants carrying Christmas lights and other decorations to a magical place. A giant ice slide takes you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, ancient ruins and rivers edge to prepare for the most joyous time of the year. Also be sure to check out Shivers Ice Bar! Click here for more details.

Festival of Lights atMoody Gardens

Festival of Lights

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than one million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. Click here for more details.

Breakfast with Santa

DECEMBER 1, 8 & 15 - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

Location: Garden Restaurant in the Visitors Center
RSVP: This event is limited to the first 180 people for each reservation time. ***RSVP by end of day on the Thursday prior to each event
Cost: $30/adult and $18 per child
Member Cost: $25/adult and $15 per child (Cost includes breakfast, a souvenir photo & Santa and Friends Meet & Greet)

Please note this event is open to members and non-members on a first come, first-serve basis.

Christmas Dinner at Moody Gardens

December 25, 2018 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Join us on Christmas Day for our Christmas Buffet at our Garden Restaurant, located inside our Visitors Center! Served from 11am - 8pm, take a break from cooking this year and enjoy Christmas Dinner at Moody Gardens! For more information, please call (409)683-4238.

Adults: $27.95
Seniors: $19.95
Children (5-12): $13.95

Click here to see the menu.

Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show

December 21 - January 4

Marvel in soaring acrobatics, amazing aerialists and gravy defying feats at the Moody Gardens Hotel. Enjoy a holiday buffet dinner and stroll through the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights.

Tickets are on sale now!
Adults: $59 - $109
Children (3-12): $39 - $109
Infants are free, with exception of specific premium seats

More info at or call (409)683-4186
Click here to book the Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show Couples Package
Click here to book the Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show Family Package

New Years Palooza - Family Fun for Everyone at Moody Gardens Hotel

Something new this year! An action-packed adventure awaits you at Moody Gardens New Year's Palooza, located at our Hotel. Our end-of-the-year bash brings in the New Year with exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy. Click here to see the full itinerary. For package information please visit or contact 409-741-8484.

Click here to book the New Year's Palooza couples package.
Click here to book the New Year's Palooza family package.

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

March 3, 2019
RSVP between January 16 - February 16

Annually celebrated by thousands, this free event provides food, fun and live entertainment for people with special needs as well as their families during Mardi Gras weekend. The event is staffed by volunteers. Click here for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering or attending, please contact or call 1-800-582-4673.

Moody Gardens Education Open House

Educator Open House

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Explore what Moody Gardens and other area attractions have to offer educators and their students. This is a free event for educators and support staff, with proper identification proving they are employed by a school.

Moody Gardens Macaws

Valentine's at Moody Gardens

2019 Dates TBA

The newly renovated Aquarium Pyramid makes a truly memorable Valentine’s dinner date, or let your cares float away on a romantic two-hour cruise around Offats Bayou on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat.

Click here for more details.

Easter at Moody Gardens

Easter in the Gardens

April 21, 2019

Free to the public, the Annual Easter Egg Hunts are scheduled, for children 9 years old and younger are invited to explore the Oleander Bowl in pursuit of eggs and treats. The Easter Bunny stops by for the fun as kids also play a variety of games for prizes and a petting zoo. In addition to all of the fun and excitement outdoors, Easter Buffet feasts will be available at both the Garden Restaurant and the Moody Gardens Hotel on Easter Sunday.

Mother's Day at Moody Gardens

SUNDAY - MAY 12, 2019

This Mother's Day, May 12, treat your mom like the queen she is this year with delectable dining options and spa pampering, all at Moody Gardens!

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2019

Moody Gardens will dive into World Ocean’s Day with a focus on coral reefs and oceans around the world. Guests will explore the support of active research and participate in hands on conservation efforts and the opening of a new 3D film, “Oceans: Our Blue Planet” with an important conservation message. Click here for more details.

Bands on the Sand Fireworks

Bands on the Sand

Closed for 2018 Season - 2019 Dates TBD

Enjoy this summer concert on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring local and regional bands ranging from R&B, rock, country and blues. The cost is $15 for admission and each show concludes with a firework display over Offats Bayou overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids.

CLICK HERE for more information

Shark at Moody Gardens for Shark U Week

Shark U Week


Dive into Shark U Week at Moody Gardens! Join us for a plethora of shark themed activities. Guests can witness live feedings, diver presentations at the Caribbean Exhibit, keeper presentations and more in our Aquarium Pyramid.

Art in the Garden

2019 Dates TBD

Registration is REQUIRED - this is for Special Education Classrooms and Groups only. 

Growing Together at Moody Gardens - Pumpkins for Playtime!

2019 Dates TBD

Location: Moody Gardens Visitor's Center
**Upon your arrival, please meet us inside the entrance of the Visitor's Center - We will have staff members and volunteers present to escort you to Check-In!

Moody Gardens has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide an educational program offered to individuals with early onset Alzheimer’s and one family member or caretaker. 

Halloween is right around the corner and what’s a better way to start your Halloween festivities than painting pumpkins? Learn about how we provide our animals with fun and exciting objects that stimulate their minds and give them something to explore in order to enhance their everyday lives. 

After finishing your works of pumpkin art, watch as our biologists place your colorful Halloween pumpkins in our animal enclosures to see how they interact with their new edible decorations! (paint used in this activity is non-toxic and safe for our animals)  

CLICK HERE for more information and future dates.

Galveston Appreciation Day

2019 Date TBD

Galveston residents and workers will be treated to an experience at one of the top tourist destinations on the island when Moody Gardens hosts its annual Galveston Appreciation Day on Oct. 14, 2018. Click here for more details.

Ghostly Gardens

Ghostly Gardens

2019 Dates TBD

It’s a family affair with the annual Ghostly Gardens celebration! Children and their families can participate in free trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, face-painting and other fun activities from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The event will also include a kid’s costume contest for children 12 years old and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the best costume in each of the different age groups. Families with a member in costume will receive $5 admission to the Rainforest Pyramid, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Discovery Museum, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel per person.

Click here for more info.