Revel in the holiday season with Galveston Island festivities at Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark through Sunday, January 6, 2019.
As Galveston transforms into Winter Wonder Island, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark offer chances for visitors to get into the holiday spirit with stunning ice sculptures, aerial acrobatics, surfing Santas, and a twinkling festival of lights.
Scroll down to learn about specific holiday attractions, installations, displays, shows and offerings at Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn on Galveston’s west side.
Through January 2019, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark have a slate of events guaranteed to get holiday-goers in the spirit of the season.
- Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark | Through Sunday, December 30 – Houston’s only indoor waterpark makes waves this holiday with appearances by Surfing Santa, Bahn Borealis light show, holiday friends, meal packages, and more. Tickets start at $24.99 for children, $29.99 for adults. Open 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
- Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens | Through Sunday, January 6 – Brighten up your holiday season at the Festival of Lights in Moody Gardens, which features a mile-long trail of more than one million lights and illuminated scenes with views of Galveston Bay. The family-friendly mainstay also offers an outdoor skating rink, vendors serving hot chocolate and festive food, and live entertainment. Tickets start at $5.95. Times vary.
- Ice Land: Pole to Pole at Moody Gardens | Through Sunday, January 6 – Journey from the North to South Pole, surrounded by sculptures expertly carved from over two million pounds of ice by a skillful team of ice artists. Walk through a frozen forest of polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus, reindeer and glide down the giant glacier slide. If you’ve worked up a thirst, satisfy it with a festive holiday drink inside an igloo at Shivers Ice Bar. Tickets start at $16.95 for children, $21.95 for adults. Times vary.
- Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner Show at Moody Gardens | Friday, December 21 through Friday, January 4 – This astonishing circus show features a cast of international cirque and variety performers from around the world. Enjoy a plate from Chef Felipe Gonzalez while marveling at the theatrical feats of acrobats, magicians, and aerial artistry. Tickets start at $63, with matinee tickets available beginning at $33. Times vary.
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