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2014 HOLIDAY EVENTS at Moody Gardens

A Magical Christmas Dinner and Show

Is there no better joy than remembering the wonder and magic of the Christmases of your childhood? Come revive your child's spirit by spending an evening at Moody Gardens as Master Illusionist Curt Miller and his friends return this December in a new production:

Witness people appearing and disappearing right before your eyes. Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs performed by amazing singers and musicians. Experience Christmas narratives enhanced with the uniquely spectacular illusions of renowned magician and illusionist, Curt Miller. If you enjoyed the show last year, you will love what Curt has added to this year's production!

Enjoy a delectable holiday buffet dinner to enhance the one hour show spectacular. Your ticket to the dinner and show also includes admission to the incredible Moody Gardens Festival of Lights.

There is simply no better way to experience the joy of Christmas this year. Bring the whole family, friends and co-workers and prepare for a terrific evening of holiday song, dance and…Magic. Your inner-child will thank you.

Each ticket includes

  • A Magical Christmas starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends
  • Admission to The Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
  • All Taxes and Gratuities
  • Complementary and Convenient Self Parking

Special Discounts for Hotel Stay Packages

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://moodychristmasshow.com/

Santa's Workshop - Kid's Crew Activities

An awesome holiday adventure awaits you and your child when participating in Santa’s Workshop. This holiday season, Kids Crew transforms into Santa’s Workshop and provides all Moody Gardens Hotel guests complimentary access to various activities. Santa’s Workshop is a seasonal program is designed to excite children with multiple supervised activities such as writing letters to Santa, video games, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, smore’s and much more. Santa’s Workshop is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your children while making memories and having fun. Pick the time that works best for you and join us!

Kid’s Crew Activities start back up with our Festival of Lights season.

Kids Crew is complimentary to all hotel guests. Parents must be present throughout the duration of their child’s involvement of the program. Children with special needs are welcome to participate in the Kids Crew program. Let our counselors know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate their needs.

Activities are weather permitting and subject to change.

Moody Gardens Convention Center

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink (bring your own skates or rentals available for $6), try out our new Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa in the Visitor Center.

Group packages available for groups of 20 or more. Contact Erika Edwards at 1-800-582-4673 ext 4362 or Bob Haggard at 1-800-582-4673 ext. 4203 for more information. For corporate groups of 150 or more, please contact Kristy Watt at 1-800-582-4673 ext. 4338.

More information on the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Special Discount for Hotel Stay Packages

Moody Gardens Convention Center Expo Hall

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH BUFET

Sit down with family and friends to a wonderful Christmas Day lunch buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel. Dine on fresh fruit with seasonal berries, mixed greens with radicchio, dried cranberries and pecans, carrot salad with pineapple and raisins, red and yellow tomatoes with mozzarella, cold boiled jumbo gulf shrimp, smoked Norwegian salmon, cream of tomato soup, roasted Tom Turkey with giblet gravy, glazed ham, candied sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing and cranberry relish, baked salmon fillet topped with seasoned panko crumbs, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and an assortment of homemade desserts, pies and pastries and much more.

Reservations for the buffet are required. Moody Gardens Hotel is offer seating times between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT SHEARN'S SEAFOOD AND PRIME STEAKS

Bring in the New Year in style at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks December 31. Feast on high-quality foods such as pan seared almond crusted diver scallops with roasted bell pepper pesto, crepe with chicken and mushroom “a la reine” au gratin, sorbet, golden Dover sole with Spanish sofrito, herb crusted jumbo grilled shrimp, creamy polenta, Wagyu Kobe strip steak with morel demi glaze, mashed potatoes with shiitake mushrooms, Colorado double rib lamb chop stuffed with goat cheese and olive butter, fresh vegetables, chocolate flourless cake with pomegranate mousse raspberry-blueberry sauce and fresh berries in a glass.

Moody Gardens Convention Center Expo Hall

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDENS - New Year's Eve Gala

December 31

Ring in the New Year in grand style. The New Year’s Eve party will feature non-stop entertainment by the band Commercial Art, an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight.

For reservations: 1-888-388-8484.

ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants

Moody Gardens will transform into the premier holiday destination with the debut of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants! As the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this vast and amazing display of magnificent ice creations will add a frosty new addition to complement the Festival of Lights, holiday films, ice skating, Arctic Ice Slide, holiday dinner and shows, and newly renovated four-diamond hotel to become the largest holiday destination in the Southwest.

ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
A skilled team of 20 internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will dive into 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels featuring holiday scenes with the beloved Bikini Bottom inhabitants from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island.
Visit moodygardens.org/holidayschedule for peak, non-peak and group blackout dates.

Admission:
• Adult: $26.95 • Senior: $21.95 • Child: $15.95
Advance Groups (20+):
$15.95 (non-peak dates and peak dates before 4pm)
Hotel Packages Available

BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival - August 29 - August 31

Moody Gardens Golf Course

HOUSTON, TX (July 21, 2014)…In its 5th year, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival has been tapped as one of the 10 Best Beer Fests in America by Thrillist cited as one of the best festivals to enjoy international brews.  Join fellow craft beer lovers and supporters as they gather Labor Day weekend to celebrate and sample more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews. This foamtastic celebration takes place at Moody Gardens Friday, August 29 through Sunday August 31, 2014.

The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events:  BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing and BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, which also has a VIP component.  There are a host of related events like the BrewMasters PubCrawl and Texas Brewery Tasting Tour Featured activities include: Beach, Brews and Bands with performances by Jared Waggoner on Saturday, August 30 and Rat Ranch on Sunday, August 31 with fireworks on the beach at Palm Beach, educational events, a slew of Brew Brains and industry experts including award-winning BrewMasters and home brewing masters.

 “Since the event last year the craft beer industry has gained even more momentum.  According to the Brewers Association, Craft Beer currently represents 17.3% of total beer sales with $14.3 billion in sales.  “New breweries continue to open, including a hometown favorite Galveston Island Brewing in Galveston,” said event founder and organizer, Clifton McDerby, principal of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. “With all of that and being ranked as one of the best beer events in America, we are really excited about showcasing what’s new in the market.  Our vision has always been to produce the largest craft beer festival in the state by providing beer lovers with the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival along with brew education. Being recognized for that is a plus,” concluded McDerby.   

Festivities begin on Friday, August 29 with BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing.  This spectacular evening for suds sippers is for the serious beer and culinary enthusiast. Every featured beer will be paired with food with a focus on high-end, premium, unique beer paired with just the perfect culinary accompaniment. BrewLicious Brews and Foods will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75.

Get ready with a special spa treatment with a BrewMasters pedicure. Enjoy a "single" for $50 or "make it a double" with a friend for $90. Call 409-683-4440 to schedule your next appointment. We cater to individuals, corporate groups, bridal parties, local patrons and hotel guests. Gift cards are available. Please provide 24 hour cancellation notice to avoid charges for service not rendered.

Kids Crew at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

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An awesome adventure awaits you and your child when participating in Kids Crew. Moody Gardens Hotel offers all guests complimentary access to Kids Crew Activities, allowing children and parents to engage in exciting activities. Kids Crew is a seasonal program designed to excite children with multiple supervised activities such as arts and crafts, scavenger hunts around the park, pool coin dives, bounce houses, kite flying, face painting, karaoke, video games, movie nights, s’mores and much more.

Pick the time that works best for you and join the fun!

Kids Crew is complimentary to all hotel guests. Parents must be present throughout the duration of their child’s involvement of the program. Children with special needs are welcome to participate in the Kids Crew program. Let our counselors know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate their needs.

Kids Crew activities are scheduled daily.

Kids Crew Activities are seasonal.

Moody Gardens Ropes Course and Zip Line

Challenge your agility, balance and strength as you encounter the five-tier Sky Trail® Ropes Course, the tallest Steel Ropes Course on the Gulf Coast! Toddlers and small children can even take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes™ Ropes Course that is appropriate for those who are 42” and under.Thrill seekers can now take adventure to a whole new level at the Moody Gardens Zip Line. Snap into your harness and step to the edge of the zip line platform and glide over Palm Beach and the Lazy River 50 ft. in the air for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens pyramids and tropical gardens

TICKET INFORMATION:

Ropes Course: $18.00
Zip Line and Ropes Course Combo Ticket: $27.00
Zip Line Roundtrip Zip: $18.00
Kid’s Adventure Course: $5.00 (Chaperone Required)
Day Pass: 25% Discount
Members: 50% Discount
*Event Rental Available

Moody Gardens Attractions

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah
The touring exhibition, organized by National Geographic and Premier Exhibitions, Inc., brings the classical age of 18th century piracy to life by showcasing over 200 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the Whydah, the world's first authenticated Pirate Ship that was discovered just off the coast of Cape Cod.

Click here to view this flier.

Great White Shark 3D – Begins June 28
Misrepresented, maligned and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark 3D will explore the Great White's place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. Narrated by Bill Nighy , see the Great White through the eyes of people who swim with sharks beginning June 28 in the MG 3D Theater.

Journey to the South pacific 3D
Narrated by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, this breathtaking IMAX 3D adventure of hope and celebration will take moviegoers to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where you encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea.

Penguins 3D
Narrated by David Attenborough, follow a special King Penguin on an epic journey through the most challenging time of his life as he fights to keep his new family alive in the sub-Antartic island of Penguin City.

Rio the 4D Experience
When the last blue macaws on Earth, Blue and Jewel are captured by a gang of greedy bird smugglers, the unexpected duo must work together to embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling 4D journey through Rio de Janeiro.

Galapagos 3D
Meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt. Dance with the topical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. This is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D.

Palm Beach – Opens daily May 31 - August 24
Start your summer with splash as Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach open for weekends starting May 10. Once the summer vacation season starts, Palm Beach will be open daily. Sink your feet into our soft white sandy beaches or cool off in our 650-foot lazy river with over 60 interactive points to spray your friends as they float along.

ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures featuring Christmas with SpongeBob – November 15, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Moody Gardens will transform into the premier holiday destination with the debut of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures featuring Christmas with SpongeBob on November 15. Being the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this vast and amazing display of magnificent ice creations will add a frosty new addition to the Festival of Lights this year. A skilled team of professional ice carvers will take 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels ranging from holiday-themed sculptures to a wide range of scenes featuring the beloved underwater characters from SpongeBob Squarepants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art within a 28,000 sq. ft. tent located on the property. This holiday treat for the whole family will be open through January 4 as Galveston makes its holiday transition into a Winter Wonder Island.

Festival of Lights November 15, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Brighten up the wintery season with Moody Gardens at the 13th annual Festival of Lights opening on Nov. 22nd. Guests will be able to enjoy the largest holiday lightening event on the Gulf Coast every night this year through the entirety of the Festival! Kicking off with Santa parachuting in for this free event, the Festival of Lights packs the night with over 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, one million lights, live entertainment, Texas-sized Artic Ice Slide and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.

2014 Moody Gardens' Attraction and Exhibition Prices

March 1, 2014 Price Changes & New Exhibit Pricing

Value Passes (Includes admission to Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah)

• One Day - $59.95

• Two Day - $79.95

• Group Day - $46.00

• Group Two Day (Same as all attractions) - $54.00

Memberships (Includes admission to Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah)

• Individual - $99.00

• Family (5 people) - $380.00

• Renewal (Individual) - $85.00

• Renewal (Family of 5) - $320.00
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Ropes Course & Zip Line (Opens March 29, 2014)

• Ropes Admission - $18.00

• Zip Line - $18.00

• Combo - $27.00

• Kid’s Adventure Course - $5.00 (Chaperone required)

• Membership Discount - 50%

• Day Pass Discount – 25%

Private Groups (50 people maximum)

• Ropes & Zip Line - $1,500.00 (3 Hour rental)

• Kid’s Adventure - $400.00 (2.5 Hours on course)

• Total Course - $1,900.00 (15 Minute setup)
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ICE Exhibit (Opens November 15, 2014)

• Adult - $26.95

• Senior - $21.95

• Child - $15.95

Festival of Lights (Opens November 15, 2014)

• Admission - $8.95

• Skate Rental - $7.00

• Attraction Add-on after 4:30 pm - $7.00

Ice Slide

• Single Slide - $7.00

• 10 Slides - $20.00

• One Day Unlimited - $25.00

Ice Rink

• Admission (12 pm – 4 pm) - $7.95

• Skate Rental - $7.00

Train

• Single Ride - $4.00

• Three Rides - $10.00
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Group Rates (20 people or more)


Festival of Lights

• Non-peak Dates - $4.95

• Peak Dates - $5.95

Festival of Lights with Buffet

• Non-peak Dates - $25.00

• Peak Dates - $27.00

ICE Exhibit

• Non-peak Dates - $15.95

• Peak Dates - $15.95 (Before 4 pm)

ICE Exhibit with Festival of Lights

• Non-peak Dates - $20.95

• Peak Dates - $20.95 (Before 4 pm)

ICE Exhibit, Festival of Lights and Buffet

• Non-peak Dates - $39.00

• Peak Dates - $39.00 (Before 4 pm)

For more information, visit Moodygardens.org.

Island Paddle's 2nd Annual Galveston Bay Paddle Race - Sept. 27

Island Paddle is hosting its second annual G-Bay (Galveston Bay) Paddle Race series in one of Galveston Island’s most iconic places – Moody Gardens!  This family-friendly event will feature both a Stand Up Paddle and Kayak / Canoe race open to everyone from a beginner to a seasoned pro.  For more informatinon, click here.

Registration: $45
Register for SUP & Kayak/Canoe: $70

All registrants are able to race in K6's Dash-for-Cash for FREE!
This year, portion of our proceeds will be benefiting the Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF). MOF introduces surfing as a natural treatment for people with cystic fibrosis. MOF expanded its reach to hospital visits and other activities that touch the lives of kids with cancer and a variety of other health challenges. www.mauliola.org

About our Races:
- 5K Race: SUP & Kayak / Canoe
This can be a recreational paddle or a competition between you and your friends!  WPA sanctioned SUP categories are divided between board sizes and gender - Men's & Women's SUP 14',12.6', Unlimited.   
Kayak / Canoe vessels can be single or multiple occupancy. All makes & models of kayaks / canoes welcome.

- K6's Dash-for-Cash: SUP & Kayak / Canoe
This straight sprint course (approx. 200 yards) was made for the adrenaline junkies!  Test your paddling skills in this fast and furious straight course that is sure to be a crowd favorite!  All registered participants from the 5K race can join in on the fun – FREE of charge!

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