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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.

  1. Holiday Dining
  2. Year-Round Attractions

The Aquarium Pyramid will close early at 3pm, Friday December 2, 2022

November 19 – January 7

Free Parking!

2022 - 2023 Season Hours:

Yearly Attractions
Open: 10AM - 5PM Daily
Christmas Day Open: 12PM - 5PM

Ice Land
Peak Nights: 10AM - 10PM
Value Days: 11AM - 9PM
Christmas Day Open: 12PM - 10PM

Festival of Lights & Holiday Attractions
Peak Nights: 4PM - 10PM
Value Days: 4PM - 9PM
(Including Christmas Day)

  1. Schedule & Crowd Forecast
  2. Parking & Directions


Ice Land is back with a Caribbean Christmas theme

The North Pole meets the Caribbean as Moody Gardens brings back ICE LAND: A Caribbean Christmas with an underwater theme and exciting guest experiences from November 19 to January 7!

Guests will embark on a breathtaking underwater journey from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico. As you explore the depths of the ocean, you will discover sunken treasures and see Christmas surprises along the way. Venture through the beautiful Flower Garden Banks for encounters with spectacular schools of colorful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, Hammerhead sharks, and more on the way to their Caribbean island destination. There is even an opportunity to enjoy some festive holiday spirits inside of ICE LAND at Shiver’s Ice Bar. 

Festival of Lights


Festival of Lights

This year, the holiday season will shine brighter than ever with an event that has become a tradition for families and groups alike.

Enjoy a festive stroll along this mile-long trail featuring more than two million lights and lighted scenes themed to holiday music that take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of Galveston Bay. Stops along the way bring you to see Star the Dancing Tree of Light, concession areas, hot chocolate, fireside S'mores and other festive foods, Mistletoe, along with plenty of photo and selfie opportunities!


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D

Enjoy the beloved animated television classic as the magic of 4D engages all of your senses. Classic songs and dialogue are 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.”

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Arctic Slide

Arctic Slide

Enjoy the fun with a festive glide down the Arctic Slide.

The Arctic Slide is included in the Holiday Pass!

3D Movie

Holiday 3D Films

Enjoy holiday films on the largest screen in Texas.

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The Dancing Tree of Light

Star: The Dancing Tree of Light

As you enjoy the Festival of Lights trail, it will be hard to hard for you to miss Star: The Dancing Tree of Light. Measuring in at 4 stories tall, this magificent digital dancing tree of light shines brighter than any Christmas tree in Texas! Stop by and take a photo or selfie with this beauty and enjoy the music accompanied with each of its displays.

Train Ride

Train Rides

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


Evening Cruise: Colonel Paddlewheeler

On select nights only, you can enjoy an evening cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. See the holiday lights sparkling off Galveston Bay for a whole new perspective of the Festival of Lights.

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Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show
(Matinee, Evening & Dinner Shows)
December 17 - 30

Enjoy a spectacular, exhilarating and joyous celebration of the Christmas season live on stage at the Moody Gardens Convention Center. A team of acrobats, aerialists and more perform for an enchanting evening of circus, music and comedy. 

Guests will be amazed by the Fire Knife Dancing talents of Naenoa George from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This tradition rooted in Samoan culture incorporates the Samoan weapon nifo oti, or war knife into the tribal dance while twirling the knife on fire and performing acrobatic tricks.

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This December:
Food Drive Thursdays
2-for-1 Festival of Lights Tickets

Bring a non-perishable item to the ticket counter inside the Visitor Center to receive 2-for-1 admission to Festival of Lights every Thursday in December. 

Moody Gardens Fall & Winter Day Camps

Great for all kids grades K-8! Camp includes attraction experiences per day; with different program activities, games, crafts and experiments making every camp day unique! Camps are structured for daily purchase, instead of weekly to be very versatile around the holidays giving the kids some fun adventures during their break. Working parents or family visiting… send the kids for a fun day together without their parents! This is also a great option for those visiting on vacation from out of town to experience a Pyramid Kids Camp!

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New Year's Palooza
Moody Gardens Hotel
December 31 - January 1

An action-packed two night adventure awaits you at Moody Gardens New Year Palooza. Our end of the year bash brings in the New Year with exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy.

New Year’s Eve Palooza Couples Package
New Year’s Eve Palooza Family Package

New Year's Eve Cruise
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
December 31

Cruise out of 2022 aboard the Colonel PaddlewheeI Boat with spectacular water views of the Festival of Lights. Enjoy music, dancing and a delightful dinner with two complimentary drinks.

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Holiday Dining

Christmas Day Buffets

After the wonder of Christmas morning and the gifts are unwrapped, enjoy a wonderful meal together at Moody Gardens for Christmas Brunch, where you can find delectable dining options for everyone with no stressing over the menu or the clean-up.

​Garden Restaurant - Menu
 Moody Ballroom - Menu

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Festival of Lights Buffets

Accepting walk-ins only. No reservations required. 
For booking groups of 20+ individuals, please contact

Garden Restaurant - Menu

Breakfast with Santa

December 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23

Enjoy breakfast with Santa, a souvenir photo, and a tasty buffet at the Moody Gardens Hotel! Reservations are required

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Year-Round Attractions

Aquarium Pyramid

Aquarium Pyramid

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.


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. Open during the daytime with individual tickets or the Value Pass.

Colonel Boat at Night

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.

Visiting with a Group? Or Book Your Holiday Party!

Group Pricing for groups 20 or more

Contact Group Sales at 409-683-4558 or email​ for more information.


Parking & Directions

Free Parking is available at Moody Gardens and lots adjacent to our property. Complimentary shuttle service is provided to the main entrance, with easy access to the Ticket Windows, Festival of Lights, Ice Land, Visitor Center and other attractions. The Galveston Trolley also provides transportation from various locations around Galveston Island.

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