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: Rainforest Holiday
Festival of Lights
Holiday in the Gardens Value Nights
Monday – Thursday: November 27, 2023 – December 14, 2023, January 3 & 4, 2024
Food Drive Thursdays | Every Thursday, November 30 - December 28
Winter 2023 Pyramid Kids Camps
December 18 - 21 & December 27 - 29
A Christmas Wish: Holiday Spectacular
December 22 - 30 | Moody Gardens Convention Center
Ice Skating Rink: Nightly or Rent the Rink
Kid's Crew Activities | Moody Gardens Hotel
November 18-25 and December 2, 9, 16-30
Celebrate the holiday season with the Kids Crew at Moody Gardens Hotel, offering a festive array of activities including a Scavenger Hunt with a redeemable prize, Paint a Picture, Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread House Making, Cookie Decorating, and the chance to meet Sunny the mascot, along with s'mores roasting and more, with pricing ranging from $5 to $48 for the full experience. Activities can be purchased at the front desk at the Moody Gardens Hotel!
Please note all activities must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and activities are weather permitting/ subject to change.
Holiday 3D & 4D Films
Meet Santa | Moody Gardens Visitors Center
Embrace the festive spirit at Moody Gardens this season with a special appearance by Santa Claus, who will be spreading joy from the North Pole at the Moody Gardens Visitors Center throughout the holidays.
Kiddie Train Rides
Garden Restaurant | November 18 - January 6
Available during hours of operation.
Cafe in the Park
Breakfast with Santa
Frances Moody Ballroom - Moody Gardens Hotel
Seating at 8:30am and 10am
December 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
Christmas Eve Dining
Enjoy Christmas Eve dining at Moody Gardens!
Reservations suggested, but not required.
December 24 | Garden Restaurant 12pm-8pm
December 24 | Cafe in the Park - Moody Gardens Hotel
Open 7am- 10pm
Holiday Buffet 5pm-9pm
Christmas Day Dining
Enjoy Christmas Day dining at Moody Gardens!
Reservations suggested, but not required.
December 25 | Frances Anne Moody Ballroom -
Moody Gardens Hotel
December 25 | Garden Restaurant - Visitors Center 11am-8pm
December 25 | Cafe in the Park - Moody Gardens Hotel
Open 7am - 10pm
Holiday Buffet 5pm-8:30pm
New Years Palooza
December 30 - January 1
New Year’s Eve Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Cruise
Boarding at 9 p.m., Cruise from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Enjoy music and dancing as you Cruise out of 2023 aboard the Colonel PaddlewheeI Boat. Admission includes a delightful menu featuring an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets and a Midnight Champagne Toast. Must be 21 or older.
NYE Silver Celebration at the Moody Gardens Hotel
December 31 | Frances Anne Moody Ballroom 8pm - 1am
NYE Dinner at Shearn's Seafood & Prime Steaks
December 31 | 9th floor of the Moody Gardens Hotel
Ring in the New Year in style at Shearn's Seafood & Prime Steaks! Join us for a delectable NYE meal, followed by an unforgettable celebration in the Moody Ballroom at Moody Gardens Hotel. We're marking 25 years of the hotel with an exciting NYE bash featuring the Mambo Jazz Kings, a memorable Champagne Toast, and a modern, eco-friendly spin on the traditional ball drop. This exclusive event is for ages 21 and up. Admission is included with your NYE meal at Shearn's. Hotel Packages are available now. Reserve your stay at 409-683-1299.
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.