November 19 – January 7
2022 - 2023 Season Hours:
Open: 10AM - 5PM Daily
Christmas Day Open: 12PM - 5PM
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)
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
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.”
Enjoy the fun with a festive glide down the Arctic Slide.
The Arctic Slide is included in the Holiday Pass!
Holiday 3D Films
Enjoy holiday films on the largest screen in Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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
New Year's Palooza
Moody Gardens Hotel
December 31 - January 1
New Year's Eve Cruise
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
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.
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.