Holidays in the Gardens

Holiday Events At Moody Gardens

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

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 Rainforest Adventure! Embark on a breathtaking journey made of two million pounds of ice! Click here for more information!

Value day rates available here.

Group rates available!

Click here to book your Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday couples hotel package.

Click here to book your Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday family hotel package.


November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018
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 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!

Click here to book the Festival of Lights couples package.

Click here to book the Festival of Lights family package.


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.
Click here to view the menu.
Excludes Thanksgiving and Christmas Day due to special holiday menu.
For information, please call 1-800-582-4673 ext.4200


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 to view 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.

Click here to view the menu.

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.

Click here to book the Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show couples package.

Click here to book the Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show family package.

Click here to view the menu.


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 25
Christmas Dinner at Cafe in the Park

Staying with us over the holiday? Enjoy traditional Christmas favorites over dinner at Cafe in the Park. Click here to view the menu. From 5:00pm-9:00pm.

$35.95 - adults
$25.95 - seniors
$15.95 - 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.

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