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Holiday Events at Moody Gardens Hotel
News Release
Friday, October 21, 2011

Moody Gardens Presents an Enchanting Season of Holiday Events

Galveston, Texas- ‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, magical moments and lasting memories, and you’ll find them all at Moody Gardens Hotel this holiday season. With lavish holiday buffets, the 10th Annual Festival of Lights celebration, the return of our Imagine Christmas Dinner and Show, a unique holiday shopping event and the always popular New Year’s Eve Gala, Moody Gardens celebrates the holidays like no other!

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Nov. 24, 2011 11am - 3pm

Sit down for a fabulous feast with family & friends and leave the turkey day details to us. Join us from 11am to 3pm in the beautiful Moody Ballroom in the Moody Gardens Hotel for a bountiful array of traditional holiday fare and culinary specialties. Prices are $38.95 for adults, $29.95 for seniors, $19.95 for children ages 4-12 and children 3 and under are free. For buffet reservations, call 409-741-8484. For a complete listing of the Thanksgiving Day Buffet menu, visit

Home for the Holidays Gift Market – Nov. 25 – 27, 2011

Tis the season for shopping! Sip wine & wassail while browsing for the perfect holiday gifts as the Moody Gardens Convention Center is transformed into a holiday gift market with over 150 of the region’s most unique gift vendors showcasing distinctive home décor, candles, craft foods, accessories and more. The show is open from 4-9pm Nov. 25, 10am-9pm Nov. 26 and 11am-4pm Nov. 27. General Admission tickets are $5 and VIP Admission tickets, which include access to the Gift Market VIP Lounge with hors d’oeuvres, featured beverages, wine and hot wassail, are $25. All shoppers will receive complimentary convention center parking. Moody Gardens Hotel is offering special Gift Market room rates beginning at $139 per night. For tickets or more information, visit or call 800-582-4673.

Festival of Lights – Nov. 12, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012 6pm-10pm

Don’t miss the 10th Annual Festival of Lights, one of the region’s largest holiday celebrations & a favorite family holiday tradition! Enjoy over 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, live entertainment, Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, and pictures with Santa. Admission is just $5.95 per person. For just $6 more per attraction with your FOL ticket, enjoy holiday themed films at the MG 3D and Ridefilm Theaters, the Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids, Ice Skate Rental and the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. Special Festival of Lights Hotel Packages, including overnight accommodations, FOL tickets and complimentary valet parking, are available beginning at just $139. For tickets or more info: or 800-582-4673.

Imagine Christmas Dinner & Show – Dec. 15 – 27, 2011 (Daily Dinner Show performances at 7pm)

Imagine Christmas as you have never seen it before! Relive the story of Christ’s birth through fresh eyes and recapture the wonder of God’s miraculous gift. Imagine Christmas combines inspiring music, beautiful dance and imaginative aerial acrobatics to tell the story of Christ’s birth in a way that evokes child-like wonder, awe and amazement. Nightly Live Performances include a sumptuous Holiday Buffet Dinner and Festival of Lights ticket. Imagine Christmas ticket prices range from $49-$79 for adults, $29-$39 for children and $14-$39 for infants. Group rates are available. Make it a weekend with an Imagine Christmas Hotel Package. Packages include overnight accommodations, Festival of Lights tickets, Dinner Show tickets, and complimentary valet parking with prices beginning at $209 per night for couples and $259 per night for a family of 4. For tickets or more information, visit or call 409-683-4186. Imagine Christmas is made possible through the support of local hotel/motel tax dollars.

Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala - A Glitzy Affair

Moody Gardens Convention Center Dec.31, 2011 7:30pm – 1:00am

Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the New Year in grand style. The New Year’s Eve party will feature non-stop entertainment by the premier party band Commercial Art. Guests will enjoy an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425 per couple or $225 per single. Hotel accommodations begin at $109+tax/night. For reservations, call 888-388-8484.

Spa-liday Retreat

Take a break from your hectic holiday schedule with a Spa-liday Retreat with the Spa at Moody Gardens. The Pomegranate-Cranberry Body Scrub is the perfect way to maintain that youthful glow through the winter months. To make sure your hands and feet are holiday party ready, pop in for a Soothing Lavender Manicure & Pedicure or for the ultimate holiday stress reliever enjoy a fabulous Spa Teaser package, including a 25-minute Swedish massage, our essential facial and a shape and polish for the hands and feet. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 409-683-4440.

For more information on all of the holiday happenings & special package offerings at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, visit

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