Holiday in the Gardens (Nov-Jan)

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The most wonderful time of the year is even more wonderful with a trip to Moody Gardens' Holiday in the Gardens event. This seasonal event typically takes place from late November to early January. Plenty of activities and attractions are available with the purchase of your ticket. In addition, they offer other activities available to you for a small fee within the gardens.

Aside from their seasonal holiday events, the Moody Gardens exhibits are a must visit during the day! Featuring three unique and educational pyramid structures - Rainforest, Aquarium, and Discovery. These interactive displays offer all day fun for both children and adults. Within the rainforest pyramid, you'll get an up-close and personal experience with bats, tropical birds, and even sloths. In the aquarium pyramid, experience a jellyfish exhibit, seals, and emperor penguins. Lastly, in the discovery pyramid, there is currently a music exhibit where you can play with all types of instruments - old and new. You will learn all about sound and how to create it.

Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is a one-mile trail within the gardens with over a million lights on display! You'll be guided through the property with views of Galveston Bay by your side. There are all sorts of light exhibits throughout this experience. Keep in mind, they may change the displays every year!

One of the best parts about this festival takes place across from the main cafe inside the gardens. Thousands of lights come together and dance to the beat of Christmas classics. Picture the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. They Christmas lights dance similarly.

Show Add-ons

For $12.00/adult and $9.00/child or senior you can get access to either the Rudolph 4D show or Holiday 3D films. Ticket prices are separate for each of these films. At the 4D show, all senses will be engaged as you watch a beloved and magical Rudolph movie. At the other attraction, you can enjoy classic holiday films on the "largest screen in Texas!"

Pro tip: For a more economic option, purchase the Holiday Pass. This pass allows you access to the Festival of Lights, 3D and 4D Theatre shows, and the arctic slide. The cost of this pass is $39.00/person and it's only available for visits after 3PM.

Food at Holiday in the Gardens

Typical event food is available within the grounds. Choose from warm funnel cake, churros, or make your own s'mores. Making your own s'mores is a fun family activity! Nearby the concession stand, you'll find oversized fire pits for you and your family to roast marshmallows together. With the sound of Christmas music and thousands of lights dancing to the music, you'll make the memories of a lifetime together! Additionally, if you're looking for more of a warm meal, there are options here as well. Including hot dogs, nachos, and burger type of event food.

Note: Outside food is not allowed inside.

What’s Included

  • Admission to the light exhibits throughout the gardens.
  • Free Parking On-site.

Local Tips

  • Certain activities within the Gardens such as train rides and films are not included in your ticket price. There is an additional charge of $8-12.00/person
  • Save money on add-ons with the Holiday Pass, available only after 3PM for $39.00. Includes admission to the Festival of Lights, 3D Theater, 4D Theatre, and Arctic Slide.


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