November 18 – January 7
2022 - 2023 Season Hours:
Open: 10AM - 4PM Daily
Christmas Day Open: 12PM - 4PM
Festival of Lights & Holiday Attractions
Daily: 4PM - 10PM
(Including Christmas Day)
Ice Land is back this year...
With a Caribbean Christmas theme!
The North Pole meets the Caribbean as Moody Gardens brings back ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas with an underwater theme and exciting guest experiences on November 18!
Guests will embark on a breathtaking underwater journey from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico. As they explore the oceans depths, they will discover sunken treasure and see Christmas surprises along the way. An ice slide takes the form of a towering oil rig and gives an opportunity to 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.”
Show times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm | 12 minute show
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, cats and more perform for an enchanting evening of circus, music and comedy.
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.
Holiday Hotel Packages
Book Direct and Save
Enjoy the holiday season with breathtaking views of our holiday lights with an overnight stay at the spectacular Moody Gardens Hotel. A variety of packages are available.
New Year's Palooza
Moody Gardens Hotel
December 31 - January 1
New Year's Eve Cruise
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
Festival of Lights Buffet
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.