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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: Pole to Pole

New theme for 2018! A skilled team of master ice carvers has taken 2 million pounds of ice to create your festive journey from the North to South Pole. See polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus and of course reindeer! Glide down the giant glacier slide and enjoy a festive drink inside our Shivers Ice Bar that has been transformed into a Northwest Trading Post!

Click here to watch the tent come to life through our live camera!

Festival of Lights

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.

Moody Gardens recognizes the following 2018 Festival of Lights Sponsors: KPRC TV2, Houston Chronicle, Pepsi, Gilbane Builders, Garmon Flooring,  KenMor Electric,  Baker Concrete, Broome Welding, Chuoke Plumbing, Forman Equipment, Forward Energy, Huitt-Zollars, Kelso Concrete, Letsos, Marek Bros, Milam Painting, , Schindler Elevator, Western Specialty.

Cirque Joyeux

Dec. 21 – Jan. 4 (Excludes Dec. 26) • Moody Gardens Hotel

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

Matinees starts at $29 • Dinner and Show starts at $59

For info: Click Here or call 409-683-4186

New Year's Palooza
at Moody Gardens Hotel
Dec. 31 - Jan 1

End the New Year with fun activities for the entire family to enjoy with interactive games, festive food, music and a VIP area to enjoy fireworks! We ring in 2019 at the stroke of 9PM with our balloon ball drop as your room awaits with this spectacular hotel package! 

Includes: Room, Attraction Tickets including: Festival of Lights, Ice Land & Cirque Joyeux Matinee, breakfast, lunch and more fun on New Years Day! For reservations, call (409)741-8484

Click here to see the packages available at Moody Gardens Hotel.

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. 

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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