Happy holidays, Houston. While other cities might have the advantage of snow and cozy traditional weather, here in south we make do with what we have. If you haven’t already hit the ice this season, can really do so at Moody Garden’s Ice Land – a holiday experience complete with ice sculptures, characters, decor and more, not excluding a crystal ice bar.
Now open, Moody Gardens’s iconic Ice Land sculpture festival is annual holiday tradition that takes place in Galveston. After a two-year hiatus, the festival is back to fill the Houston area with holiday joy.
Based on the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China, the festival sees an ice carving team sculpt over 900 tons of ice from November to January.
Each year, the festival features ice sculptures and character fitting to a particular theme, such as the past Christmas Around the World, Rainforest Holiday, and Caribbean Christmas events.
In addition to the sculptures, the yuletide event features a variety of other seasonal fun including a sleigh slide, train rides, ice skating rink, and entire rooms made of ice.
This includes Shivers Ice Bar. Here, visitors can order from a frosted brew or a shot of an optional spirit. Beverages are priced at $12 for 1, or $20 for 2.
Moody Gardens will also reprise its annual Festival of Lights. Here, visitors can stroll through over two million twinkling lights while enjoying sights of Galveston Bay, concession areas, s’mores by the fire, hot chocolate, and other festive bites.
Holiday at the Gardens is open now through January 7. Ice Land is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm on peak nights, from 11 am to 9 pm on value days, and even Christmas Day from noon to 10 pm. Festival of Lights is open from 4 pm to 10 pm on peak nights, and from 4 pm to 9 pm on value days.