Moody Gardens Lights


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Apart from all the travel and shopping, the holiday season is the best time to unwind with family and friends and explore some of the many holiday events and Christmas lights the Houston area has to enjoy.

One of the largest and grandest holiday celebrations in Houston is the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. It has already become a yearly tradition for a lot of families and groups as well.

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
Festival highlights

This 2023, the Festival of Lights will be the most impressive and fantastic. This lights up the evening with a beautiful display of millions of lights, 100 animated sound improved light displays, giant Christmas trees as well as a good collection of old favorites and new scenes.

Apart from Christmas lights, curtain lights and fairy lights this will also feature ice slides, photo opportunities with Santa Claus, marshmallow roasts, and the area’s just outdoor ice skating rink- you can bring your own or rent on site.

This festival of lights is only one of the many attractions at Moody Gardens during the holiday season. While you are there, ensure to check out other fantastic holiday attractions.

Festival dates (2023-24)

The Moody Gardens Lights Festival will kick off this coming on November 18th 2023 until January 6th 2024 next year. This is almost six weeks celebration, so you have plenty of time to plan.

Festival Where About

Moody Gardens is located at One Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas, 77554. Moody Gardens is one of the most visited gardens in the area due to the many things to do and see.

The ideal way to reach the place is by auto because it provides the freedom to reach a place of interest on your own time. Another option is the bus system, but guests will need to supplement the night travel with a taxi as the bus halts service early evening.

Car Rental: This will provide you with flexibility. Sad to say, this place is prone to traffic and limited parking, so you must remember that when visiting this place. There are rental companies to call.

Public Transport: This place offers seven color coded routes which thread in the place, some operating around six in the evening to seven the following day. Trolleybuses and buses cost $1 for a one-way ticket for adults, and for kids, the ticket is 50 cents.

If you’re in Texas, you can check out these amazing lights festivals as well:

Festival of Lights Texas

Hidalgo Festival of Lights

Here are some hotels nearby:

Festival Hours

The Festival of Lights and Holiday Attractions opens from Monday through Sunday from 11 in the morning to 9 in the evening, including Christmas Day.

How much does it cost to visit the lights festival?

Starting at $25 for adults and $21 for kids/seniors

Festival of Lights21$-25$
Ice Land24$-29$
Holiday Pass45$-65$
Value Day Pass75$-95$
  • HOLIDAY PASS: This takes account of admission to the festival, Arctic Slide, 4D theater, 3D theater.
  • FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS is $21-$25: Take pleasure in a mile-long path with million flare lights around the garden with amazing views.
  • Value Day Pass includes: Ice Land, Festival of Lights,  Arctic Slide, Train, Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids, Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheeler, 3D and 4D Theaters, 20,000 Leagues Interactive Adventure

Weather in the Festival Dates – What to Wear

High temperatures reduce by 6 degrees Fahrenheit from 67 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit, seldom falling below 49 degrees Fahrenheit or exceeding 76 degrees Fahrenheit.  Low temps reduce by 6 degrees Fahrenheit daily from 56 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consider wearing long sleeve shirts, hats, pants, tennis shoes, as well as a coat. The evenings and mornings in NC will be cooler, and the humidity can really make it feel chilly at night when it is raining.

Where to sleep nearby the festival area?

The Tremont House

Charming, delightful property and very comfortable beds are synonyms to the Tremont House. This is only five minutes drive from the beach. Visitors will enjoy various amenities like an iPod docking station in every room and a flat-screen TV.  Free cable TV and Wi-Fi are included in the typically accentuated rooms.  In-room coffee and tea-making facilities are also included for extra convenience. Valet parking and room service are offered as well.

San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center

This is an amazing hotel that provides gulf coast views as well as three on-site restaurants in Galveston. This is an amazing beachfront resort that features a spa with an array of services. All suites are armed with a seating corner, flat-screen TV with cable, and private shower and bathroom with bathrobe and toiletries.

Moody Gardens Hotel Spa and Convention Center

Great value, amazing breakfast, and ideal for everyone,  this hotel is situated on Galveston Island and set on 242 acres of green tropical gardens.  The staffs are very friendly, and you will surely have an amazing experience.

Doubletree By Hilton Galveston Beach

Steps from stunning beaches on the Mexico Gulf, this Galveston, Texas hotel provides an outdoor pool as well as an on-site restaurant and bar. The Scholes International Airport at Galveston is just a few minutes drive away

What to eat in Galveston, TX?

Farley Girls Cafe

This is one of the best restaurants near the event. Farley Girls is situated in the eastern part of the city. It is owned and run by Ryanne and Ros. Coming from a rich family background in the restaurant business, sisters are keeping on the family tradition.

Farley Girls has, “A little bit of everything!” They have the best pizza in place. Another meal worth trying is the chicken salad and the chicken salad sandwich with avocado served with onion rings. The place is very relaxing, quiet and most of all the staff are very welcoming and friendly. 

The Spot

This is where you would like to go for some of the most excellent beachfront dinings in the area. 

It is right on the seawall with amazing sceneries of blue waters of the Mexico Gulf right outside the windows. 

You will find there is something for each one at the Spot. The most ordered meal is the Sweet and Spicy Burger and Ralph Burger with Bacon and Barbeque sauce. They also offer seafood, delicious sandwiches, tacos, salads as well as hand-spun milkshakes and malts to please your sweet tooth. 

BLVD Seafood

Do you love seafood? Then this is the best place to visit. This restaurant serves the best fresh-caught Gulf seafood in a modern, chic setting. It doesn’t matter if you are coming for lunch, dinner as well as brunch; it provides an excellent array to select from. Some of the best offerings are tuna poke bowl, Seawall scallops, crab cakes, and chargrilled oysters.

Other choices include a wide choice of salads, grits, and shrimp, as well as cedar plank chicken. If you don’t love seafood, worry no more as they also offer 3-pepper chicken, blackberry pork chops as well as hand-cut steaks. 

More Things to Do in the Area

There are a lot of things to do and see in Galveston, TX and some of these are as follows:


This museum houses the widest collection of historical artifacts. The collection comprises more or less 70,000 items, which spans 2 000 years with antiques, documents, and artwork related to the Southwestern United States.


Do you love waters, then why not take a dip into the reviving waters of the award-winning adventure parts of SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK. This offers many amenities such as slides, glides, and rides for the entire family. This amazing water park provides year-round admission; therefore, you can take pleasure in an exciting splash of fun anytime and any day.

The Strand Historic District

Also known as The Strands, Strand Historic District is the National Historic Landmark District that consists of largely Victorian-era structures, and some are the remnant of the Great Storm of 1900. At this point, this houses many café’s, restaurants, antique shops, and galleries; it is a perfect place for some shopping, sightseeing as well as dining.


Are you and your family is adventurous? Then why not tap into your bold side by dropping by to the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier. This place is packed with many rides and amazing attractions such as Iron Shark Roller Coaster, Galaxy Wheel, Pirate’s Plunge as well as Sea Dragon.


Take in a thrilling and amazing evening of fun as well as incredible shows held in the Grand 1894 Opera House. This is a historic theater that features many concerts, Broadway shows, national touring groups, as well as international stars.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum

Galveston Port is a place to a lot of rigs and supply vessels with a nod to the vital role of the place in the Mexico Gulf bustling oil as well as gas industries. A drop by to the popular Ocean Star Offshore Oil Rig and Museum provides an enthralling insight into the energy business.

I hope you enjoyed the Moody Gardens Lights you might like the following festivals as well:
Zoo Lights Houston
Festival of Lights Lake Jackson
Thanks for reading!


1. What are the parking options available at Moody Gardens?

Sufficient parking is available on the Moody Gardens property. It is advisable to arrive early, particularly on weekends and holidays, to ensure a convenient parking spot.

2. Is smoking allowed within the festival boundaries?

Smoking is strictly prohibited within the Festival of Lights area. Designated smoking zones are available and clearly marked for your convenience.

3. Can pets accompany visitors to the festival?

For the safety and comfort of all festival-goers, pets are not allowed within the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights area. Exceptions are made for certified service animals with proper identification.

4. What ticket options are available for the festival?

Tickets can be acquired both online and at the festival entrance. Pre-booking your tickets online is highly recommended to secure your desired date and time slot.

5. Is the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the festival is designed to be wheelchair accessible. Additionally, accessible parking spaces are situated close to the entrance.

6. What food and beverage choices are offered?

A variety of food and drink stalls are scattered throughout the festival grounds, catering to a wide range of tastes—from quick bites to substantial meals.

7. Are guests allowed to photograph or record the event?

Photography and videography for personal use are encouraged. For commercial purposes, please acquire prior authorization from festival management.

8. How much time should visitors plan to spend at the festival?

The average duration for a visit to the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights is around 1.5 to 2 hours. However, guests are welcome to stay and explore for as long as they wish within the festival’s operating hours.


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