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Moody Gardens makes holidays bright with dazzling shows, lights, cruises, and more
Houstonians looking to celebrate the holidays and toast the new year have a one-stop shop at Moody Gardens in Galveston.
Winter holiday fun starts with A Christmas Wish: Holiday Spectacular. Created in partnership with Mirage Entertainment, this one-hour extravaganza is a rich tapestry of live musical theater-style songs, dynamic dance performances, daring stunts, and acrobatics, interlaced with comedic moments and a heartwarming holiday narrative.
A blend of Broadway and Cirque du Soleil, the show aims to enrapture audiences of all ages with its captivating visual and special effects. Guests can indulge in light snacks, explore all of Moody Gardens' attractions, and take in a dinner show performance
Admission to the show includes admission to the popular Festival of Lights, an illuminated walking trail illuminated with 2 million lights themed to holiday music.
Moody Gardens decks out for the holidays. Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens
Families will delight in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4D film, along with other holiday flicks in 3D. Swoosh down the Arctic Slide, catch a train ride, and enjoy that most popular of campfire cuisine, s'mores.
New Year’s fun, cruises, and more
One of the island's top attractions has multiple options, including the New Year's Palooza, NYE Silver Celebration celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Moody Gardens Hotel, a New Year's Eve Cruise, or a fine five-star dinner at Shearn’s.
Taking place all weekend long, New Year's Palooza is a multi-day party with games, tasty food, and activities for all ages.
Check out the entertainment in the Convention Center. No celebration would be complete without fireworks, which illuminate the sky over Offatts Bayou. The celebration concludes with a kids' New Year's Countdown and Beach Ball Drop, while adults can raise a toast with sparkling cider and bubbly. When the calendar flips to January 1, there's breakfast, games, activities, and a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar.
Moody Garden's New Year's Palooza includes a series of events, including performances, dinners and more. Enjoy a performance of A Christmas Wish: Holiday Spectacular stroll through the Festival of Lights, set sail on the Colonel Paddlewheel, and enjoy an elegant dinner at Shearn's. Moody Gardens
Moody Garden's NYE Silver Celebration is a sophisticated, adults-only soiree. The Mambo Jazz Kings headline the show, where guests can ring in the New Year with dancing. The celebration also includes appetizers and an iconic champagne toastat midnight.
Guests who reserve their table at Shearn’s on New Year’s Eve can feel like VIPS. They'll indulge in a five-star meal and take in the fireworks display from the restaurant's panoramic 9th floor. The dinner package also includes tickets to the NYE Silver Celebration.
Those looking for something that feels like a trip back in time will enjoy the Colonel Paddlewheel boat's New Year's Eve Cruise, where guest will have a waterfront view of the Festival of Lights displays complemented by music, dance, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and two complimentary drink vouchers. A midnight Champagne toast completes the evening.
Those spending the New Year's holiday at the hotel, or those wishing to drop by for a day or two, can also take part in the rest of the attraction's festivities.
Reservations and more information can be found on the Moody Gardens website.