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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
Moody Gardens
News Release
Friday, November 10, 2017

PARACHUTING SANTA, CHOIRS AND A TRIBUTE TO THE RAINFORESTS OF THE WORLD KICK OFF MOODY GARDENS’ FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS NOV. 11

Galveston, Texas— Get into the holiday spirit with Moody Gardens 16th annual Festival of Lights opening on November 11. One of the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting events is back this year complete with plenty of Christmas spirit infused with some jungle flair.

Free to the public, the opening ceremony kicks off at 4 p.m. with talented Texas locals providing holiday-themed entertainment with a rainforest twist. Guests will be treated to the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Choir, a local school district’s children’s choir, and a few Rainforest Animal Stilt Walking Dancers. Galaxy Band will also be on hand to ring in the festive spirit.

Families can welcome Santa at 5 p.m. when he parachutes down from the North Pole to help prepare Moody Gardens for the grand lighting of the Festival of Lights trail. After mixing, mingling and a few dazzling performers to put everyone in the holiday mood, Santa will flip the switch at 6 p.m. to turn on the millions of light bulbs that make up Festival of Lights, officially kicking off the holiday season on Galveston Island.

Festival of Lights will continue to shine throughout the holiday season everyday through January 7. Hours run from 6-11 p.m. Moody Gardens’ other attractions, including ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, Rainforest Holiday, are open throughout the day and evening as well. This year’s ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, Rainforest Holiday theme is an homage to our Rainforest Pyramid. This unique attraction is essential to fulfilling the Moody Gardens conservation and education missions and is a tribute to the disappearing rainforests of the world.

Regular admission to the Festival of Lights is $15.95. Value Days, which are every Sunday through Thursday, November 12-December 14 (excluding Thanksgiving) offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the Festival of Lights and Ice Land: Ice Sculptures, Rainforest Holiday while saving $5 per person. There are also combo packages available letting guests make the most of their visit. The Holiday Pass allows guest entrance into Festival of Lights, ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures, Rainforest Holiday, and an attraction of their choosing after 4 p.m. Another option is the Evening Pass which allows guests admission to all Moody Gardens attractions after 4 p.m.

Food Drive Thursdays will also offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the Festival at a special discount in recognition of helping those in need this holiday season, especially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Guests can bring a non-perishable food item every Thursday throughout the Festival (excluding Thanksgiving) and receive a two-for-one admission into Festival of Lights. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

For more information please visit moodygardens.org/holiday_season or call 800-582-4673.

Moody Gardens recognizes the following 2017 Festival of Lights Sponsors: American Marble, Baker Concrete, Ben E Keith, Broome Welding, Chuoke Plumbing, Forman Equipment, Forward Energy Group, Garmon Flooring, Gilbane Builders, Gordon’s, Houston Family Magazine, Huitt-Zollars, Kelso Concrete, KenMor Electric, KPRC TV, Letosos Company, Marek Bros, Milam Plumbing, Schindler Elevator and Western Specialty.

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




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