Right now it seems like the holidays couldn’t be further away. When it’s not hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, it’s raining buckets. Alas, on the other end of this endless summer, the holidays await. And if you weren’t already excited for those days to come, in comes another piece of holiday news: Iceland will return to Moody Gardens this yuletide season.
After a two-year hiatus, the popular Iceland ice sculpture festival will return to Moody Gardens. 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.
Iceland takes place inside a 28,000-square-foot-insulated tent, that which features sculptures, tunnels, pathways, and entire rooms made of ice.
In addition to the sculpture festival, Moody Gardens will also feature a massive arctic slide made of ice, screenings of 3D holiday films, festive train rides, the dancing tree of light, and special holiday evening cruises.
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.
The Gardens holiday festivities kick off this year on November 18 and run through January 7. For more information, see their website here.