The 2023 "Holiday in the Gardens Festivities" Christmas attractions are officially open at Moody Gardens Galveston Island, TX, through January 6, 2024! Celebrating 9 years of holiday magic includes the Festival of Lights and ICELAND. 

This year's theme is ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday, created by the world-famous Master Ice Carvers from Harbin, China. Ever wonder how they transform 10 million pounds of ice into a colorful, icy paradise? Here's an inside look at how they do it!

Get discounted tickets or BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free Admission). Guests are encouraged to enjoy the Theme Nights -  Thursday: Nov. 27 – Dec. 14, Jan. 3 & 4.

On these nights, choose from discounted admission to the Festival of Lights or the Holiday Pass, which includes Ice Land, Festival of Lights, four slides on the Arctic Slide, a Train Ride, an Ice Skating Rink, an Aquarium Pyramid, 3D and 4D Theaters starting at 4 p.m., and Nightly Fireside S'Mores. See additional "Holiday in the Gardens Festivities" attractions and events below:

· Pictures with Santa

. Kid's Crew Activities | November 18-25 and December 2, 9, 16-30
Moody Gardens Hotel

. Fall and Winter 2023 Pyramid Kids Camps - For kids entering grades K-8!        (register now)

· A Christmas Wish Holiday Show - December 22 - 30 | Moody Gardens Hotel

· Breakfast with Santa - December 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
Moody Gardens Hotel Frances Moody Ballroom (Tickets)
Seating at 8:30 am and 10 am

. Christmas Eve Dining - December 24 | Garden Restaurant 12 pm - 8 pm

· Holiday Buffets - Garden RestaurantCafe in the Park | November 18 - January 6
Menus alternating throughout the holiday season. Please call 409-683-4465 to check availability.

Watch the ICELAND webcam and see what's happening in the magical ice creation at 9 degrees 24/7! Moody Gardens also does a HUGE New Year celebration. Ring in the New Year at Moody Garden for a special New Year's Palooza and NYE Silver Celebration at Moody Gardens Hotel for couples and families!

December 30 - January 1 | New Year's Palooza

An action-packed two-night adventure awaits you at Moody Gardens New Year Palooza. Moody's end-of-the-year bash brings the New Year with exciting activities for the whole family or just the two of you to enjoy. This package includes tickets to NY Palooza, where plenty of family fun will be had. You will also receive day passes to explore Moody Gardens Attractions and tickets to A Christmas Wish Holiday Spectacular! Be prepared to be astonished by an electrifying and enchanting show that brims with energy, warmth, and joy. Prepare to be captivated by live musical theatre performances, dazzling dance routines, breathtaking stunts, mesmerizing acrobatics, hilarious comedic acts, and the enchantment of Christmas.

December 31 | New Year’s Eve Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Cruise
Enjoy music and dancing as you say goodbye to 2023. Tickets include a delightful menu featuring an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, and a Midnight Champagne Toast to ring in the New Year. This is for grown folks, 21 or older. Boarding is at 9 p.m., and the cruise is from 10 p.m. to midnight.

December 31 | NYE Silver Celebration at the Moody Gardens Hotel
Frances Anne Moody Ballroom | 8 pm - 1 am
Be part of our festivities at the Moody Gardens Hotel, commemorating 25 years! The NYE celebration will feature a memorable Champagne Toast, a live performance from the Mambo Jazz Kings, and an innovative, eco-friendly take on the traditional ball drop. This event is for grown folks, 21+ only! For tickets and hotel packages, call 409-683-1299 now.

December 31 | NYE Dinner at Shearn's Seafood & Prime Steaks
9th floor of the Moody Gardens Hotel
5:30 pm - 9 pm Reservations are required @

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