November 18 – January 6
2023 - 2024 Season Hours:
Hours are subject to change
Open: 10AM - 7PM Daily
Christmas Day Open: 12PM - 5PM
Ice Land and Festival of Lights & Holiday Attractions
Open: 11AM - 9PM Daily (Please refer to the attraction sheet for hours)
Christmas Day Open: 12PM - 9PM
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 is back with a Rainforest Theme
Festival of Lights
Theme Nights on the Festival of Lights Trail
Food Drive Thursdays | Every Thursday, November 30 - December 28
Celebrate the season while helping those in need. Every Thursday from November 30 - December 28 bring a non-perishable food item and receive Buy One Get One admission to the Festival of Lights with proceeds going to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks. Embrace the cause and remember that all parties must bring a non-perishable to get the deal.
A Christmas Wish: Holiday Spectacular
December 22 - 30 | Moody Gardens Hotel
Holiday 3D and 4D Films
Kiddie Train Rides
Ice Skating Rink
Breakfast with Santa
Moody Gardens Hotel Frances Moody Ballroom | Seating at 8:30am and 10am
December 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
Christmas Eve Dining
December 24 | Garden Restaurant 12pm-8pm
New Years Palooza
December 30 - January 1
NYE Silver Celebration at the Moody Gardens Hotel
December 31 | Frances Anne Moody Ballroom 8pm - 1am
New Year’s Eve Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Cruise
Boarding at 9 p.m., Cruise 10 p.m. to midnight.
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. Open during the daytime with individual tickets or the Value Pass.
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. Open during the daytime with individual tickets or the Value Pass.
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
Enjoy a 45 minute afternoon cruise along Offats Bayou with breathtaking views of Galveston Bay. Cruises available with individual tickets or the Value Pass.