Todays Hours

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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Things To Do

As the largest holiday destination in the Southwest, Moody Gardens offers more holiday attractions, activities, festive fun, dining and hotel packages than you can imagine.

Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday

New Rainforest Holiday theme for 2017! 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!

Festival of Lights

November 11 - January 7
Opens at 6:00 p.m.

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views  Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.

Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show
Moody Gardens Hotel

December 15 - 25

All new! Enjoy a spectacular, exhilarating and joyous celebration of the holiday season with an enchanting mix of food, circus and music.

Check out our Hotel Packages!  
Cirque Joyeux Noel Menu

For tickets and details: www.moodychristmasshow.com

Holiday Attractions

Ice Skating

Glide across the ice on the area’s only outdoor ice rink included with your Festival of Lights admission.   

Arctic Slide

Enjoy the fun with a festive glide down the Arctic Slide included with your Festival of Lights admission. 

Holiday 3D Films

Enjoy holiday films on the largest screen in Texas

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D

Enjoy the beloved animated television classic as the magic of 4D engages all of your senses. You’ll recognize classic songs and dialogue brought to life by loveable, iconic characters – the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermey the elf, Santa Claus and, of course, Rudolph “the most famous reindeer of all.”

Train Rides

Enjoy the holiday lights and music as the train takes you along a section of the Festival of Lights trail.

Photos with Santa

Meet Santa and capture the special memory with your keepsake Santa photo. 

Year-Round Attractions

Aquarium Pyramid

The Aquarium Pyramid has just opened following a $39 million comprehensive renovation. Visit tuxedo-clad penguins to seals, stingrays, sharks, tropical fish and more! From the Gulf of Mexico to the South Atlantic, the South Pacific, the North Pacific, and the Caribbean. Each ocean exhibit highlights different marine sanctuaries and different aspects of our relationship to the seas.

Rainforest Pyramid

Enjoy a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants such as the Corpse Flower and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and an array of birds! See it all in one of the truest replicas of a real rainforest.

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

Enjoy an evening cruise along Offats Bayou with a different view of the Festival of Lights.

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