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Holiday Happenings
Festival of Lights
News Release
Thursday, December 11, 2008

MOODY GARDENS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
BRINGS LARGE CROWDS AND HOLIDAY CHEER TO GALVESTON ISLAND

Galveston - The community rallied around its long standing tradition of coming together for the holidays. Large crowds of local residents and out-of-town visitors gathered at Moody Gardens in anticipation of Galveston Island are the first large-scale community event following Hurricane Ike at the seventh annual Festival of Lights. A parachuting Santa and two elves soared from the sky and were greeted by cheering guests to officially flip switch to turn on a 3/8-mile light trail and over 75 light displays.

 “It was a challenge to pull the event together so quickly following Hurricane Ike,” said John Zendt, General Manager at Moody Gardens, “but the smiling faces and joy this event has brought to the community makes it worth it.”

The festival is open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday through December 18. Beginning December 18 the festival will be open nightly through December 31. Admission to the Festival of Lights is just $3.95 per person. Additional evening attraction tickets to the Rainforest Pyramid®, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Discovery Museum and IMAX® and Ridefilm theaters can be added for only $5.00 each with the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket. Special holiday packages are also available at the Moody GardensÒ Hotel, please call 800-582-4673 or for more information about the Moody Gardens® visit www.moodygardens.org, or call 1-800-582-4673.

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






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