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ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, a Caribbean Christmas
Festival of Lights
Thanksgiving Buffet at Moody Gardens Hotel
Thanksgiving Buffet at the Garden Restaurant
Home For The Holidays Gift Market
Home for the Holidays Gift Market
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Events At Our Galveston Restort

Celebrate The Holidays With Moody Gardens Hotel

October 30

Spooktacular fun will include free trick-or-treating at various locations throughout the complex, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and a costume contest for guests in the Garden Lobby with prizes for the best costume. Families with a member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount and pay just $5 per attraction per person to Moody Gardens attractions. 

Admission: FREE

November 3 - 6
Lone Star Rally

Book now for the Lone Star Rally! When you stay at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center you will receive the following:

- Complimentary scheduled transportation to the Strand Historic District*
- Motorcycle wash station and complimentary shop towel
- Special parking for motorcycles

* Scheduled times & drop-off locations may vary.

Click here to book online!

November 12 - January 8

Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for the  ultimate Caribbean Christmas! Embark on a breathtaking undersea journey made of two million pounds of ice!

Imagine, a towering oil rig ice slide takes you to the breathtaking Flower Garden Banks and the Gulf of Mexico as you encounter spectacular schools of beautiful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, hammerhead sharks and more on your way to your island destination! More information.

Ice Carver VIP Experience: Your advance exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity to see the artist at work as they create these magnificent, towering ice sculptures.

Click here for more information.

Shivers Ice Bar: feature ultra-cool holiday spirits!

Adult: $26.95
Senior: $21.95
Child: $15.95

Value Days:
Sunday - Thursday: Nov 15 - Dec. 17 (Excludes Thanksgiving)
Adult: $21.95
Senior: $16.95
Child: $10.95

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Group rates available!

A Ice Land Ice Sculptures hotel package is available, click here for more information.

November 12 - January 8

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 one 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 $7), try out our Arctic  Slide or take pictures with Santa. Click here for more Information. A special Festival of Lights hotel package is available, click here for details.

Festival: $10.95 (includes ice skate admission after 6 PM)
Arctic Slide: $7 for one slide, $20 for 10 slides and $25 for all day

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November 12 - January 8
Festival of Lights Buffet in the Garden Restaurant

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

Adults: $16.95
Seniors: $14.95
Children (5-12): $8.95

Click here to view the menu.

November 24
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! Reservations required, call 409-683-4466.

$55.00 for adults
$45.00 for seniors
$27.00 for children (4-12)
Children three and under eat free.

Click here to view the menu.

November 24
Thanksgiving in the Garden Restaurant at Moody Gardens

Join us in the Garden Restaurant from as part of our Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Served from 11am-8pm, enjoy appetizers, chilled salads, entrees, and accompaniment options are endless for both adults and children!

$35.95 for adults
$25.95 for seniors
$15.95 for children (5-12)
Children four and under are complimentary with adult purchase.

Reservations are recommended but not required. Walk-in's are welcome. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-582-4673, Ext: 4202

Click here to view the menu.

November 25-26
Home for the Holidays Gift Market
Shop ‘til you drop on Thanksgiving weekend at the Moody Gardens Convention Center. This holiday market features more than 100 of the region’s most unique gift vendors. Choose from home décor, candles, craft foods, accessories and much more for an extraordinary holiday shopping experience. Go to for more information. $6 for admission. 10am-8pm for both days.

December 16 - 25
Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show

Featuring Award-Winning Performers Including Christian Stoinev, a finalist of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent."

Witness the magnificent and the impossible…all in a circus winter wonderland. Marvel in soaring acrobatics, amazing aerialists and gravity defying feats. Enjoy a Holiday Buffet Dinner (click here to view menu). Stroll through the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. ALL included at one great price!

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. All of this coupled with a superb Holiday Buffet Dinner (click here to view menu) prepared by renowned Moody Gardens Executive Chef Felipe Gonzalez.

Directed by Lone Star Circus’ Creative Director Fanny Kerwich, an eighth generation circus performer, this all-new holiday extravaganza includes:

  • The magnificent hand balancing of Christian Stoinev
  • The spellbinding quick-change act of Evgeny Vasilenko and Anna Zgurovskaya
  • The spectacular and thrilling juggling of the Fusco Brothers
  • The thrilling hand-to-hand balancing of Passion 2 Balance
  • The Poema Family with their astounding Risley act
  • The energizing and beautiful Anna Stankus and her twirling hula hoops
  • The melodic music and hosting by Michael Hix

Cirque Joyeux Noel opens December 16 at Moody Gardens Convention Center, located at 7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554. It runs December 16-25 nightly with doors opening at 6:30pm, the holiday buffet beginning at 6:30pm and the circus performance starting at 7:45pm. Enjoy Felipe Gonzalez’s delicious cuisine (click here to view menu) and then sit back for a one-hour 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.

With tickets going on sale in August, adult tickets range from $59 – $95 with children’s tickets (3-12 years) priced at $44 – $85 and infants at $15 – $85. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 409-683-4186.  Hotel packages are also available and can be purchased online here or by calling 1-888-388-8484.  


• Adults $59 - $95 • Child (3-12 years) $44 - $85 • Infants $15 - $75 • Group Rates for 20+

Includes:  Show ticket, Holiday Buffet Dinner (click here to view menu) and Festival of Lights.

Click here for hotel packages!

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

Say farewell to 2016 and hello to 2017 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 a "little bit country & a little bit rock and roll." Enjoy live music, an open bar, deluxe party favors, lavish buffet, Champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. Tickets are $470 per couple or $240 per single person. Hotel accommodations for gala guests start at $109+tax/night. For tickets and reservations, call 888-388-8484.