moody gardens ® brightens season with festival of lights

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Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event offers wide-range of holiday activities this year
GALVESTON, Texas — Guests will now get to enjoy the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event
every night beginning November 15 through January 3.
Moody Gardens Festival of Lights returns for the 13th season with even more holiday magic than before.
Start a tradition with more than one million lights, breathtaking views, the area’s only outdoor skating
rink and the thrilling Arctic Ice Slide.
“For more than 10 years, Moody Gardens has provided a safe, fun and welcoming environment for
families to enjoy,” Moody Gardens CEO John Zendt said. “We are proud to be a part of the communities’
holiday tradition.”
On Nov. 15, Santa Claus will parachute in and flip the switch to officially kick off the holiday season on
Galveston Island. Live entertainment including choirs, musicians and dancers will be a part of the
opening day festivities. From there, visitors can walk the trail of more than 100 sound-enhanced light and
animated displays with holiday music. Guests can then grab an inner tube and plunge down the Festival’s
Texas-sized, 100-foot long Arctic Ice Slide.
Food Drive Fridays will also offer the opportunity to enjoy the Festival and get a special discount to help
those in need this holiday season. Bring a non-perishable food item every Friday throughout the Festival
and receive a two-for-one Festival admission. The food will be donated to the Galveston County Food
Admission to the Festival of Lights is $8.95, including ice skating admission. Guests can bring their own
skates or skate rental is available for $7 with the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket. Tickets to the
Aquarium Pyramid®, Rainforest Pyramid®, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, Ridefilm,
Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and Arctic Ice Slide are available for just $7 each with a
Festival ticket. Arctic Ice Slide Passes are available for $7 for two slides, $20 for 10 slides and $25 for all
day extended fun and excitement at one of the Festival’s coolest attractions.
A frosty new addition to the Festival of Lights this year will be the debut of ICE LAND on November 15.
Being the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this vast and magnificent display of 900 tons of
ice creations will transform Moody Gardens into the largest holiday destination in the Southwest. Chilled
and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, guests can witness these works of art through January 4.
Admission to the exhibition is $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children.
Other special events for this year’s Festival of Lights include the Holiday Gift Market on November 2829, a Holiday Half Marathon and Family Fun Walk, and “A Magical Christmas 2014” dinner and show
starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. ICE LAND hotel packages are also available starting
at $229 per night, plus taxes. Call 1-888-388-8484 for hotel reservations and information about special
holiday and group event packages.
For more information, call 1-800-582-4673 or visit
Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of
rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.