Holiday in The Gardens

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

Experience the return of ICE LAND with its Caribbean Christmas theme; stroll through the Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail of illuminated holiday displays; and so much more right here in Galveston, TX.

Festival of Lights Galveston
Nov 18 to Jan 7, 2023

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. In 2022, ICE LAND is BACK this year with a "Caribbean Christmas" theme! 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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Holiday in The Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean as Moody Gardens brings back ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas with an underwater theme and exciting guest experiences. Guests will embark on a breathtaking underwater journey of ice sculptures from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico.

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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!
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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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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.

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Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show

Be sure to check out Moody Gardens’ Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show 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.

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.
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29th Street & Seawall on the sand (near Lifeguard tower 27)
Galveston, Texas 77550

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5600 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551

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2200 Harborside Dr
Galveston, Texas 77550

2126 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550

2020 Postoffice St
Galveston, Texas 77550

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2302 Strand St
Galveston, Texas 77550