Moody Foody

All the Great Eats at Moody Gardens for the Holidays!

Not only are we the Coolest Holiday Destination in the Southwest, we will also turn you into a Moody Foody with all the fantastic food & beverage options we have this Holiday Season! Join us turkey legs, holiday buffets, Rudolph-Tinis and MORE!

Holidays at The Garden Restaurant
Visitors Center

Come and enjoy a delicious holiday buffet! Located inside the Visitor Center, our Garden Restaurant provides casual dining with a spectacular view of Offats Bayou!

Festival of Lights Buffet
November 17 - January 6

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Click here to see the full menu for the Festival of Lights Buffet, served nightly during Festival of Lights

Holidays at Cafe in the Park
Moody Gardens Hotel

We invite you to sit down to a bountiful feast with family and friends at the Moody Gardens Hotel that is beautifully decked out for the holidays!

Holiday Buffet - December 22 to January 1
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

We will be offering a special Holiday Buffet that changes daily. Click here to see the two menu options.

Holidays at Shearn's Seafood
& Prime Steaks

Located on the 9th floor of the Moody Gardens Hotel, our fine-dining restaurant is open Tuesday - Saturday from 5:30PM to 9:30PM. Join us for stunning views of the island from the restaurant, as well as from
Shearn's Lounge offering fantastic sunset views
over the pyramids.

Reservations are recommended & are available via Open Table or by calling the restaurant directly at (409)683-4554. Dressy Casual Attire is required. 

Dinner & a Show with Cirque Joyeux!

Cirque Joyeux is back to entertain and delight you with all new cirque stars at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center’s family-friendly holiday tradition.This original holiday spectacular is fun for the entire family and features a stellar cast of international cirque and variety performers from all corners of the world. 

Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show guests will enjoy Chef Felipe Gonzalez’s delicious cuisine and then sit back for a holiday cirque spectacular. Your ticket to the dinner and show also includes admission to the incredible Moody Gardens Festival of Lights – The Gulf Coast’s Largest Holiday Lighting Event including Santa’s Workshop and a visit with Santa himself. ALL included at one great price.

Click here for more info & tickets.


Roast Smores Around the Fire!

Guests can purchase and roast S’mores here and the money that is raised goes to the Galveston Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers - Last year over $7000 was donated to them!

The efforts they are focusing on this year are supporting the Turtle Island Restoration Network with a great local connection here as well. Artist Boat is an organization that works to protect wetland areas here in Galveston as they purchase and protect the habitat and wildlife here primarily on Galveston’s West End. Many of the GCAAZK members are employees of Moody Gardens. They volunteer and work at the S’mores area with proceeds being donated to their organization's cause!

Fast Eats While You Explore!

Too busy having fun to stop and eat? We understand! We have plenty of delicious options to take on the go as you wander through Festival of Lights and all our other Holiday Attractions! 

Fast Eats: Turkey Legs, Hot Chocolate, Funnel Cakes, Jumbo Pretzels, Sweet Crepes, Jumbo Hot Dogs, Cinnamon & Sugar Mini Donuts, Dippin’ Dots, Buttered Popcorn, Cheetos Popcorn, Kettle Korn, Pork Skins, Corn in a Cup, Potato on a Stick, Chicken Bites, Tamales, Holiday Cookies, Nachos, Texas Size Sausage on a Stick and Foot Long Corn Dogs.

Cocktails to Warm You Up!

We will have plenty of adult beverages available for you to choose from through out our property to ensure you're never too chilly!
Garden Restaurant Specialty Drinks:

  • "Snow Flake" - Stoli Salted Karamel Vodka, Kerry Gold Irish Creme Liqueur, garnished with a mint
  • "Sant's Hot Chocolate" - Hot Chocolate all grown up with Kerry Gold Irish Creme Liqueur 
  • "Chili Chocolate White Christmas" - A classic made with a little spice, Stoli Vodka, Kahlua Chili Chocolate Liqueur and Half-n-Half
  • "Rudolf-Tini" - Blue Chair Rum, Hazelnut Liqueur and Stoli Vodka Garnished with Cinnamon Sticks & a cherry
  • "Cranberry Margarita" - A holiday touch to a classic
  • Click Here to see the complete Holiday Cocktail List

Shivers Ice Bar (inside Ice Land): Several Flavored Vodkas