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*Dinner not included with the Matinees

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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.

Cirque Joyeux hotel packages are also available click here for more information on the hotel packages.

The Moody Gardens Expo Arena at The Moody Gardens Convention Center

Nestled among 242 acres of lush tropical gardens along Offatt’s Bayou on Texas’ Historic Galveston Island, this complex is a premiere entertainment destination for business or pleasure and provides the backdrop for an unforgettable experience. The Moody Gardens Complex features a 428-room world-class resort and convention hotel and magnificent pyramids that contain a living rainforest, a Texas-sized aquarium, premium water entertainment area (Palm Beach) and Giant Screen/3D and 4D theaters.

The Expo Arena is the location for Cirque Joyeux Show from December 20 through December 30, 2019.

The 60,000 square foot barrier free arena can seat up to 7,000 people for a concert or event and has state of the art lighting and sound capabilities. It has been designed for outstanding acoustics that enhance all genres of music.

The Expo Arena has ample covered and uncovered parking adjacent to both venues and all non-reserved parking is free.

Address: Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554

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Contact Information and Websites

Information and the Island Star Performances Box Office: 409-683-4404

Cirque Joyeux  Dinner and Show website is: www.MoodyChristmasShow.com

Media Inquiries:
Maddie Collins
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Island Star Performances, Inc. and Island Star Live

The Island Star Live series is a joint collaboration between Moody Gardens and Island Star Performances, Inc. to bring nationally acclaimed artists and an array of high caliber special events to Galveston Island.

Ticket Purchasing and Box Office Information

Ticket information for all concerts and events at the Expo Arena is available by phone at 409-683-4186. Island Star Performances Box Office is located at the Front Desk of the Moody Gardens Hotel.

A second box office for both Will Call and the purchase of tickets will be open at the venue site at 4:30 pm on the day of the event.

Will Call

Will Call Tickets are available for pick up two hours before the start of an event. The Expo Arena Will Call desk is located at the south entry of the Arena adjacent to the parking garage.

Age Limit

The Expo Arena is open to all ages and all children. Ages 3 and over are required to have a ticket to have access to an event (except as noted below).


Food and Beverage

The Expo Arena has full food and beverage concessions including beer and wine. You must be 21 years of age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. All patrons under the age of 30 are required to have a Texas State Photo ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Gates, Concert Times

The Expo Arena will open for concert and show admission two hours before the event time listed on your ticket (except as noted below). Concert times will vary by artist and event.

Cirque Joyeux Dinner and Show entry will be at 6:30 PM each night.

Parking Information

Ample free parking for all events in the Expo Arena is available in non-reserved covered and uncovered parking areas adjacent to both venues. Some concerts may have specific areas of reserved parking as part of premium seating packages.

Concert and Event Admissions

For the general safety of our guests:

  • All carried items, including bags, are subject to search. No large bags or backpacks are permitted in the Expo Arena or the Outdoor Amphitheater.
  • Guests who do not agree to be searched will be denied entry to the Expo Arena and the Outdoor Amphitheater.
  • No blankets are allowed in the Expo Arena.
  • Re-entry to the Expo Arena will not be permitted without appropriate ticket, wristband or stamp. The venue reserves the right to change this policy at any time.

Seating Options

For Reserved Seating concerts, patrons will have a specific seat assigned within a specific pricing tier with higher priced seats closer to the stage. The capacity of the Expo Arena is 6,000.

Disabled Guest Information

The Expo Arena is ADA compliant, providing accessible seating, entries and parking for all events. Accessible Parking spaces are at the front drive of the Expo Arena and on the first floor of the parking garage. Additional accessible parking is located throughout the complex. If you have any questions regarding access, please call 409-683-4404.


The Expo Arena offers ample restroom facilities for patrons in the north and south lobbies.

Rules & Regulations for the Expo Arena

Fan Conduct Policy:

Anyone exhibiting disruptive or unruly behavior, who is intoxicated, illegally in possession of alcohol or other prohibited substances, or who interferes with the ability of others to enjoy the event will be ejected from the venue and be subject to arrest.

Allowable Items:

  • Fan-made signs or banners provided they are in good taste as deemed by Management

Prohibited Items

The Expo Arena does NOT allow the following items:

  • Chairs in Bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Glass Containers of Any Kind
  • Obscene or Indecent Clothing
  • Obscene Fan-Made Signs
  • Backpacks
  • Large Purses
  • Animals (excluding Service Animals)
  • Audio or Video Recording Devices
  • Wallet Chains
  • Laser Pointers
  • Outside Food & Beverage
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Playpens
  • Skates
  • Skateboards
  • Coolers

Camera Usage Policy

The Expo Arena WILL ALLOW photo cameras into all concert events unless otherwise posted. The camera policy for the venue is as follows:

Photo cameras must have a lens of less than 4″ long. Professional cameras are not allowed.

The singer/performer may request not to have pictures taken while he or she is performing. Video cameras are not allowed.

Moody Gardens will NOT tolerate the following from guests anywhere on property:

  • Tailgating
  • Dancing or standing in aisles or access ways
  • Standing on chairs
  • Sitting/standing on shoulders of another guest
  • Crowd surfing or moshing
  • Reselling or scalping tickets at any price. To avoid problems with counterfeit, stolen, void or other invalid tickets, tickets should only be purchased through the Island Star Performances approved vendors.
  • The distribution of items, flyers, pamphlets, printed materials, as well as the solicitation of signatures is not permitted without written authorization from Management.

Should you have any questions that are not answered by the preceding information, please call the Island Star Performances info line at 409-683-4404.

Other Disclaimers

Guests entering The Expo Arena may have their image and/or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or publicity purposes. By entering the property you agree to allow such use of your image and/or likeness.

Moody Gardens and Island Star Performances assumes no liability for personal loss; injury, death, property damage or other related harm suffered by participants, spectators, site owners, leasers, or others who may be adversely affected by event for personal loss; injury, death, property damage or other related harm suffered by participants, spectators, site owners, leasers, or others who may be adversely affected by event. Furthermore, cancellation of an event due to an act of God, riots, strikes, labor difficulties, epidemics, and any act or order of any public authority or cause, similar or dissimilar, beyond the control of Moody Gardens, reserves the ticket bearer no right to refund or exchange, and Moody Gardens is not obligated to a substitute performance.