Holiday in the Gardens Kicks Off This Weekend

This Saturday will be the Opening Day for Festival of Lights and Other Holiday Attractions

Opening day for Holiday in the Gardens is this Saturday from 6-10pm. Moody Gardens has implemented a comprehensive Health and Safety Program along with the Pyramid Promise which states the experience will be Clean, Safe and Fun. A mask requirement will be enforced while on property along with other protocols and the outdoor setting offers plenty of room to social distance while exploring the Gardens.

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Moody Gardens provides the ideal venue for families to remain safe while they make lasting memories this holiday season. Guests can explore the one-mile walking trail decked with two million lights and filled with sound enhanced lighted and animated displays themed to everyone’s favorite holiday music.

Festival of Lights will be open Nov. 21 through 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 Star: The Dancing Tree of Light – a four-story digital Christmas tree.

In addition to the Festival of Lights, some of the other holiday attractions include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer playing in the 4D Theater, other holiday 3D films, the Arctic Slide and train rides, fireside s’mores, evening cruises aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and plenty of dining and hotel options, including Breakfast with Santa.

Guests looking for bargains and fewer visitors can take advantage of Value Days every Sunday – Thursday between Nov. 29 – Dec. 17.

The best deal is a Holiday Pass which includes admission to the Festival of Lights, a 3D and 4D movie and the Arctic Slide, for only $20 on a Value Day and $30 regularly. Festival of Lights and other holiday attractions open at 6 p.m. nightly and close at 10 p.m. on Value Days and 9 p.m. regularly. Moody Gardens’ regular attractions open at 10 a.m. daily. 

“We are filled with joy to be open and providing families with space and entertainment options this holiday season that will allow them to come together and celebrate responsibly,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt. “We are taking the necessary precautions in order for all of our guests to relax and have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

For more information, including ticket and hotel package options, please visit

Photos courtesy of Moody Gardens