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Getting into the holiday spirit is easy in Galveston, Texas, as one of the area’s largest attractions transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland experience. Moody Gardens hosts its annual Texas-sized holiday celebration with plenty of Christmas cheer for everyone. The destination offers eight different holiday attractions, as well as live entertainment, food and more.

Ice sculptures in Ice Land
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Ice sculptures in Ice Land

One of the largest holiday attractions at Moody Gardens could also be considered the coolest place in Texas – literally. Ice Land is a 100-acre walk-through ice sculpture park that maintains a chilly temperature of 9 degrees throughout the holiday season. Ice Land is brought to life by master ice sculptors who create the dazzling ice displays from nearly 2 million pounds of ice.

Ice Land takes on a new theme each year. Previous themes have ranged from SpongeBob SquarePants to a Caribbean Christmas. The 2017 Ice Land theme is Rainforest Holiday where guests journey through the rainforests of the world and glide down a 36-foot-tall ice slide. Moody Gardens provides parkas for guests to wear while exploring the ice park, and it’s recommended to wear closed-toed shoes and bring a hat and gloves.

Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas
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Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas

You can brighten up the holidays at the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. The annual tradition is the largest holiday lighting display on the Gulf Coast, with more than 1 million lights in creating a dazzling display along a mile-long trail. The lighted scenes wind through the Moody Gardens property and showcases spectacular views of Galveston Bay.

Arctic Slide at Moody Gardens
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Arctic Slide at Moody Gardens

In addition to dazzling light displays and immense ice sculptures, Moody Gardens offers ice skating, train rides, holiday 3-D films, an arctic slide, live entertainment, and plenty of hot cocoa and festive food. During December, guests can also attend the Cirque Joyeaux Noel Dinner and Show – a holiday-themed mix of food, circus and music.

Ice skating for the holidays
Credit: Moody Gardens
Ice skating for the holidays

The 2017 holiday festivities at Moody Gardens is open daily from Nov. 11- Jan. 7. Admission prices vary for each holiday attraction, and combination packages are available as well. See Moody Gardens’ website for a detailed list of prices.

Website: https://www.moodygardens.com/holiday_season/
Dates: November 11 – January 7

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