Holiday in The Gardens

Make magical memories at Moody Gardens for more than a month during the holiday season.

During this holiday event at Moody Gardens from November to January, visitors can stroll through the Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail of illuminated holiday displays, plus experience live music, festive food and so much more.

Festival of Lights Galveston
Nov 20 to Jan 2, 2021

During Moody Gardens Holiday in the Gardens, visitors can stroll through Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail of illuminated holiday displays, music, festive food and more. Other attractions include an Arctic Ice Slide, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D experience, Holiday 3D films, train rides and pictures with Santa.

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Things To Do
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Holiday in The Gardens
Festival of Lights

Enjoy a festive stroll along this mile-long trail featuring more than two million lights and lighted scenes themed to holiday music that take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of Galveston Bay. Stops along the way bring you to see:

  • Star, the Dancing Tree of Light
  • Concession areas
  • Hot chocolate
  • Fireside s'mores and other festive foods
  • Mistletoe
  • Plenty of photo and selfie opportunities!
Rudolph Holiday in the Gardens Galveston
Holiday in The Gardens
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4D

Enjoy the beloved animated television classic as the magic of 4D engages all of your senses. Classic songs and dialogue are brought to life by loveable, iconic characters:

  • The Abominable Snow Monster
  • Hermey the Elf
  • Santa Claus
  • Rudolph “the most famous reindeer of all.”
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Holiday in The Gardens
Star: The Dancing Tree of Light

As you enjoy the Festival of Lights trail, it will be hard to hard for you to miss Star: The Dancing Tree of Light. Measuring in at 4 stories tall, this magnificent digital dancing tree of light shines brighter than any Christmas tree in Texas! Stop by and take a photo or selfie with this beauty and enjoy the music accompanied by each of its displays.

Holiday in The Gardens
Evening Cruise: Colonel Paddlewheel

On our Regular Peak Nights, you can enjoy an evening cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. See the holiday lights sparkling off Galveston Bay for a whole new perspective of the Festival of Lights.

Holiday in The Gardens

Be sure to check out Moody Gardens’ Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show Dec 17 – 30 as a team of acrobats, aerialists, cats and more perform for an enchanting evening of circus, music and comedy with a matinee, evening and dinner shows.

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Holiday in The Gardens

Ring in the New Year at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. The evening will begin with light bites followed by dinner with a spectacular Holiday Show, a walk through the Festival of Lights trail and plenty of games and activities. Stay up with us to countdown to the new year and watch our very own take on the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.

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Additional Holiday in The Gardens Attractions

  • Enjoy the fun with a festive glide down the Arctic Slide.
  • See your favorite holiday films in 3D on the largest screen in Texas.
  • Experience the Festival of Lights and music on a train ride.
Travel Packages
Holiday in The Gardens

Enjoy the holiday season with breathtaking views of our holiday lights with an overnight stay at the spectacular Moody Gardens Hotel. A variety of packages are available.

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Dining & Nightlife
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Island Time

Step back to Victorian-era times during this visitor's favorite event in Galveston, Texas.

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Island Time

Galveston Island offers a wide range of Christmas and holiday activities!

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Posted 11/24/2020
by Mellanie Perez

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