Cirque Joyeux Dinner and Show
Festival of Lights
Midnight in the Gardens: A NYE Gala
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Upcoming Holiday Events

November 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018
ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday

New Rainforest Holiday theme for 2017! Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for your journey through the rainforests of the world to see monkeys, beautiful birds, incredible butterflies, colorful orchids and so many wonderful creatures. Your hosts on this journey are the spectacular leaf cutter ants carrying Christmas lights and other decorations to a magical place. A giant ice slide takes you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, ancient ruins and rivers edge to prepare for the most joyous time of the year. Also be sure to check out Shivers Ice Bar! Click here for more information!

Value day rates and information is available. Click here.

Group rates available!

An Ice Land:Ice Sculptures hotel package is coming soon.

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018
Festival of Lights

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views  Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.Click here for more information!

November 11, 2017 - January 8, 2018
Festival of Lights Buffet in the Garden Restaurant

Served only on the nights the Festival of Lights is open.
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For information, please call 1-800-582-4673 ext.4200
Excludes Thanksgiving and Christmas Day due to special holiday menu.

November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving at the Moody Gardens Hotel

Give thanks and enjoy a bountiful feast with family and friends at the Moody Gardens Hotel’s annual Thanksgiving Day buffet. Held in the Frances Anne Moody Ballroom, indulge in delightful offerings such as roasted turkey, gravy, cornbread and much more! Click here for the menu. Prices are $59 for adults, $49 for seniors, $29 for children (4-12) and children 3 and under are free.

November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving at the Garden Restaurant

Join us in the Garden Restaurant from as part of our Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Enjoy appetizers, chilled salads, entrees, and accompaniment options are endless for both adults and children! Full menu and prices are coming soon.

December 15 -  25
Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show


Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show features a stellar cast of international performers from all corners of the world. The show includes amazing acrobats and aerialists, mesmerizing illusions, hilarious comedy and much more,  Directed by Lone Star Circus’ Creative Director Fanny Kerwich, an eighth generation circus performer.  All of this coupled with a superb Holiday Buffet Dinner prepared  by renowned Moody Gardens Executive Chef Felipe Gonzalez.

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The 2017 Cirque Joyeux Noel opens December 15 at Moody Gardens Convention Center, located at 7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554. It runs December 15-25 nightly with doors opening at 6:30pm, the holiday buffet beginning at 6:30pm and the circus performance starting at 7:30 pm. Enjoy Felipe Gonzalez’s delicious cuisine and then sit back for an amazing holiday circus 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.

Tickets are on sale now! Adult tickets are $59 – $109, Children: $39 – $109, Infants are Free* (*with the exception of specific premium seats).  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 409-683-4186.  Hotel packages are also available, click here.

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Below is a video of the Pompeyo Family Dogs: Animal Act performing on America's Got Talent. They will be in the 2017 Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show.

December 25
Christmas Brunch at Cafe in the Park

Staying with us over the holiday? Enjoy traditional Christmas favorites over brunch at Cafe in the Park. Click here to view the menu. 
$37.95 - adults
$27.95 - seniors
$17.95 - children (4-12)

December 31, 2017
Midnight in the Gardens: A New Year's Eve Gala

Say farewell to 2017 and hello to 2018 at the Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala. On December 31, from 7:30pm to 1:00am, put on your finest black-tie attire and get ready to dance. Enjoy live music, an open bar, deluxe party favors, lavish buffet, Champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. Event tickets are $470 per couple or $240 per single. Hotel accommodations for gala guests start at $109+tax/night. For reservations call 888-388-8484.