Moody Gardens

Festival of Lights


With over a million twinkling lights, the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights brings joy to the eyes of beholders, and is a perfect weekend destination/attraction if you're looking to catch the bright Christmas Spirit...


As the Christmas holiday quickly approaches, Texans and visitor's to the state alike are hitting the streets and parks in search of those bright, twinkling holiday lights that bring sparkle to our eyes and joy to our hearts. And there are many lights across Texas that will take your breath away and well worth a visit.


Alas, Texas is a big state and it's hard to list all the many splendid exhibits of holiday cheer. From municipal displays to bright lighted churches, schools, homes and businesses, the state comes alive each year through the spirit of all those amazing Christmas lights and special displays. From the San Antonio River Walk to Austin's famous 37th Street lights, from Christmas in Waxahachie to Gaylord Texan's fabulous light and ice shows, just about every community has its share of brightly colored messages of holiday cheer.


If only time and space would permit, we would list them all for you. And while that's not possible, there are those extraordinary few exhibits of brightly lighted holiday bliss that stand just a small cut above the rest. Such a Moody Garden's Annual Festival of Lights.


A quick trip to Galveston anytime between now and the first of the year nets you a spectacle to behold; a holiday entertainment bonanza of family fun that deserves your attention and, if possible, your presence.


Transforming its lush garden setting into a winter menagerie of lights, Moody Gardens will be adorned with more than a million twinkling lights.  You can take in the Festival of Lights, the Ice Slide, the Ice Sculpture extravaganza, the Pyramid Aquarium and much more!


Filled with festive sights and sounds,  Moody Gardens will transform its lush tropical garden setting into a winter wonderland during the annual Festival of Lights. As the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event, Moody Gardens Festival of Lights has become a holiday favorite for families and groups alike.


November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Festival of Lights

Hours: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.


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 1 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 new Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa.


Festival Admission: $10.95 (includes ice skate admission)


Arctic Ice Slide Admission: $7 for one slide, $20 for 10 slides and $25 for all day


Holiday Events & Activities:

» Festival of Lights

» Ice Skating

» Ice Slide

» Train Ride

» Holiday Films

» Pictures with Santa

» Holiday Buffet