Holiday Events at Moody Gardens

Ice Land is back with a Caribbean Christmas theme this year, along with all of your festive favorites: Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, The Arctic Slide, Train Rides, Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show, New Years Palooza and More! 

Eight Holiday Attractions. One Venue.

NOVEMBER 18, 2022 – JANUARY 7, 2023

Ice Land · Festival of Lights · Ice Skating Rink · Holiday 3D Films · Hotel Packages · Rudolph 4D ·  Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Star: the Dancing Tree of Light · Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show (Matinee, Evening & Dinner Shows) · Pictures with Santa · New Year’s Palooza · Holiday Dinners · Nightly Fireside S’Mores.

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Season Hours

Yearly Attractions
Open: 10AM – 5PM Daily
Thanksgiving & Christmas Day Open: 12PM – 5PM
Festival of Lights & Holiday Attractions
Peak Nights: 4PM – 10PM
Value Days: 4PM – 9PM
(Including Christmas Day)

Festival of Lights

This year, the holiday season will shine brighter than ever with an event that has become a tradition for families and groups alike.
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, along with plenty of photo and selfie opportunities!

NOVEMBER 18, 2022 – JANUARY 7, 2023

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.
Details and pricing coming soon.
Accepting walk-ins only. No reservations required.
For booking groups of 20+ individuals, please contact

Ice Land is Back! 

(With a Caribbean Christmas theme!

The North Pole meets the Caribbean as Moody Gardens brings back ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas with an underwater theme and exciting guest experiences on November 18!
Guests will embark on a breathtaking underwater journey from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico. As they explore the oceans depths, they will discover sunken treasure and see Christmas surprises along the way. An ice slide takes the form of a towering oil rig and gives an opportunity to venture through the beautiful Flower Garden Banks for encounters with spectacular schools of colorful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, Hammerhead sharks and more on the way to their Caribbean island destination. There is even an opportunity to enjoy some festive holiday spirits inside of ICE LAND at Shiver’s Ice Bar.

November 24, 2022
Thanksgiving in the Moody Gardens Hotel France Moody Ballroom

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!
Menu and prices coming soon.

November 24, 2022
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.

Breakfast with Santa

December 12, 11, 17-23, 2022

Details and Menu coming soon!

December 25, 2022
Christmas Day Brunch

Celebrate Christmas with family and friends at the Moody Gardens Hotel’s annual Christmas Day Brunch. Held in the Frances Anne Moody Ballroom, indulge in delightful holiday buffet!
Menu and prices coming soon.

New Year’s Eve Cruise
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
December 31

Cruise out of 2021 aboard the Colonel PaddlewheeI Boat with spectacular water views of the Festival of Lights. Enjoy music, dancing and a delightful menu featuring an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres ranging from Chilled Shrimp and Crab Cakes to BBQ Short Ribs with two complimentary drinks.


New Year’s Palooza
Moody Gardens Hotel
December 31 – January 1

An action-packed two night adventure awaits you at Moody Gardens New Year Palooza. Our end of the year bash brings in the New Year with exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy.


Tickets on Sale Now!

Click here for the Holiday Buffet Menu for December 17, 23, 24, 25 & 30

Dinner is ONLY available on the listed dates above.

Matinees and Wednesday evening shows do not include food or beverages, concessions will be open for these shows.