Moody Gardens


Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for the ultimate Caribbean Christmas! Embark on a breathtaking undersea journey made of two million pounds of ice! Imagine, a towering oil rig ice slide takes you to the breathtaking Flower Garden Banks and the Gulf of Mexico as you encounter spectacular schools of beautiful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, hammerhead sharks and more on your way to your island destination! More information.

Ice Carver VIP Experience: Your advance exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity to see the artist at work as they create these magnificent, towering ice sculptures. Shivers Ice Bar: featuring ultra-cool holiday spirits!

Adult: $26.95 , Senior (65+): $21.95 , Child (4-12): $15.95

Value Days: Sunday - Thursday: Nov 15 - Dec. 17 (Excludes Thanksgiving) : Adult: $21.95 , Senior: $16.95, Child: $10.95

Group Rates & Hotel Packages Available

Ice Carver VIP Experience

October 1 - November 6


Now you have the chance to see the ice carvers in action as they create ICE LAND. You bring the closed-toed shoes, hat and gloves and we provide the parka! Advance entry inside of ICE LAND to see the ice carvers create the amazing ice sculptures This is followed by a 45 minute Penguin Encounter during which you get to meet a real penguin at the Aquarium Pyramid.

  • - Lunch with the ice carving team and enjoy an authentic Chinese meal and a Q&A session.
  • - A Penguin Art painting by a Moody Gardens penguin
  • - A ticket to visit ICE LAND and Festival of Lights when the attractions open for the holiday season November 12 – January 8.

Cost: $199 (per person)

For reservations, please call 409-683-4368. (Reservations are required one week in advance. Prepayment is required at the time of your reservation)


As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than one million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. You can also skate around on the area's only outdoor ice skating rink (bring your own skates or rentals available for $7), try out our Arctic Slide or take pictures with Santa. More Information.

Festival: $10.95 (includes ice skate admission after 6 PM) Arctic Slide: $7 for one slide, $20 for 10 slides and $25 for all day


December 16 - 25

Witness the magnificent and the impossible…all in a circus winter wonderland. Marvel in soaring acrobatics, amazing aerialists and gravity defying feats. Enjoy a Holiday Buffet Dinner. Stroll through the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. ALL included at one great price!

Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show features a stellar cast of international performers from all corners of the world. The show includes amazing acrobats and aerialists, mesmerizing illusions, hilarious comedy and much more. All of this coupled with a superb Holiday Buffet Dinner prepared by renowned Moody Gardens Executive Chef Felipe Gonzalez.

Directed by Lone Star Circus' Creative Director Fanny Kerwich, an eighth generation circus performer, this all-new holiday extravaganza includes:

  • The magnificent hand balancing of Christian Stoinev
  • The spellbinding quick-change act of Evgeny Vasilenko and Anna Zgurovskaya
  • The spectacular and thrilling juggling of the Fusco Brothers
  • The thrilling hand-to-hand balancing of Passion 2 Balance
  • The Poema Family with their astounding Risley act
  • The energizing and beautiful Anna Stankus and her twirling hula hoops
  • The melodic music and hosting by Michael Hix

$59 - $95 adults, $44 - $85 children (3-12 years) $44 - $85 , $15 - $75 infants

Includes: Show ticket, Holiday Buffet Dinner and Festival of Lights.

Tickets on sale now!

Hotel Packages Available

A Cirque Joyeux Noel is made possible through the support of local hotel and motel tax dollars from the city of Galveston generated to encourage tourism and to further promote arts and entertainment on the island.

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