Moody Gardens Offers Safe and Joyful Celebration at Holiday in the Gardens



In a year that has been anything but traditional, guests can look forward to festive lights, music, food and a spacious outdoor setting to allow for all the comforts of a traditional holiday season at Moody Gardens starting Nov. 21.

Festival of Lights returns in its 19th year to Moody Gardens this holiday season providing the ideal venue for families to make lasting memories and the opportunity to escape with special hotel deals.

Guests can enjoy the one-mile trail with two million lights filled with sound enhanced lighted and animated displays themed to their favorite holiday music Nov. 21-Jan. 2, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Popular displays include the Nutcrackers, a toy factory, 12 Days of Christmas display, a narrated nativity scene – and of course, plenty of animals. Don’t miss Star: The Dancing Tree of Light, a four-story digital Christmas tree.

“This year is different and we have made the necessary modifications to allow our guests to relax and have a safe and enjoyable experience,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt, who added that the outdoor setting is ideal for social distancing. “It has been a long and challenging year and we are so pleased to be able to provide a venue for families to celebrate the season together responsibly.”

Other holiday attractions include Rudolph 4D, 3D films, an Arctic Slide and train rides, plus fireside s’mores and great food. Hotel packages and group pricing are also available.

Guests looking for bargains and fewer visitors can take advantage of Value Days Sunday-Thursday, Nov. 29-Dec. 17. The best deal is a Holiday Pass which includes admission to the Festival of Lights as well as a 3D and 4D movie and the Arctic Slide for $20 on a Value Day and $30 regularly.

Festival of Lights and other holiday attractions open at 6 p.m. nightly and close at 9 p.m. on Value Days at 10 p.m. on all other days. Moody Gardens’ regular attractions open at 10 a.m. daily.

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Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

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