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Upcoming 2014 Events!

Island Paddle's 2nd Annual Galveston Bay Paddle Race

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!

- Want to volunteer?
Space limited with positions still available. (click here)  
- Want to be a Sponsor?
If you would like to be a vendor or sponsor, we have many sponsorship levels to fit your business needs. Click on (click here)
- Have a business or product you want to sell or promote?
Vendor booths available! Great opportunities for exposure and profits. Click here.

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.

For more information and to watch live-time webcams, click here.

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 - Click here for package information or call 1-888-388-8484

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. Festival of Lights rusn November 15 - January 3.

Group packages are 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.

For more information on the Festival of Lights, click here.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel

2014 menu coming soon!

On November 27, sit down to a bountiful feast with family and friends as Moody Gardens Hotel hosts its annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet in the Moody Ballroom. Enjoy roasted Tom Turkey with giblet gravy, 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, glazed ham, candied sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing and cranberry relish, baked salmon fillet topped with seasoned panko crumbs, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts and an assortment of homemade desserts, pies, pastries and much more. Call 409-741-8484 ext. 4465 to schedule your reservation.

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

The biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year just got a little bigger with Moody Garden’s Home for the Holidays Gift Market!

The two-day Gift Market held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center will feature more than 150 of the region’s most unique gift vendors, which will be offering distinctive home décor, one-of-a-kind gifts, clothing, unique and hand-made jewelry, candles, craft foods, a mobile boutique, accessories, and much more. Experience the way shopping should feel

Come see what the buzz is all about….where Christmas shopping takes you back to the joys of your childhood and the anticipation of waking up to presents under the tree. Make your list and check it twice before heading to the Gift Market.

The Gift Market is set for Nov. 28 and 29.

A Magical Christmas 2014

A Magical Christmas 2014 – NEW Magic, Music & Fun!

Moody Gardens is excited to announce the return of A Magical Christmas 2014 – Dinner and Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. Curt and his talented friends are back this December to introduce a new production, featuring NEW Magic, Music and Fun. Witness people appearing and disappearing right before your eyes! Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs wonderfully performed by amazing singers and dancers.

Over the past two years at Moody Gardens, Curt Miller’s Christmas show has been seen by over 15,000 people, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations. This year Curt has enhanced the show with spectacular new illusions complimented with a new score of heartwarming holiday music and imaginative choreography. Experience Christmas narratives enhanced with the uniquely spectacular illusions of renowned illusionist, Curt Miller.

Executive Chef Robbin Murphy is also presenting a new holiday dinner buffet as a perfect accompaniment to an evening of engaging family entertainment. Your ticket includes the dinner & show and admission to Moody Garden’s incredible Festival of Lights.

Come see why families all over Texas are making A Magical Christmas Dinner and Show an annual holiday tradition. Bring the whole family, friends and co-workers and prepare for a terrific evening of holiday song, dance and…Magic! The show runs December 18 - 27.

Each ticket includes

A Magical Christmas starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends
Chef Robbin’s Holiday Buffet Dinner
Admission to The Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
All Taxes and Gratuities
Complementary and Convenient Self Parking

Adults: $55 – $85
Children (3- 12 years old): $39 – $75
Infants (up to 2 years old): $15 – $75

Special Group rates for parties of 20 or more:

Adults: $45
Children (3- 12 years old): $29
Infants (up to 2 years old): $15

For more information and details call 409-683-4186 or click here!

Hotel packages available. Click here for package information or call 1-888-388-8484

Santa's Workshop - Kids 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 designed to excite children with multiple supervised activities such as writing letters to Santa, video games, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, s’mores and much more. Santa's Workshop is a wonderful to spend quality time with your children while making memories and having fun. Pick the time that works best for you and join us!

Children with special needs are welcome to participate in the Kids Crew program. Please let our counselors know in advance (if possible) and we will do our best to accommodate their needs.

Kids Crew activities are weather permitting and subject to change.

Midnight in the Gardens New Year's Eve Gala

On 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 and Satisfaction - a tribute band of the Rolling Stones, an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a Champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425.00 per couple or $225.00 per single person. Hotel accommodations start at $109.00+ tax/night and must attend the gala. Event and hotel rates are $550.35+ tax per couple and $350.35+ tax for a single person. For reservations: 888-388-8484.

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 and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere only found at Shearn's. Enjoy pan seared almond crusted fiver 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.