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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Holiday Festivities Kick Off in Galveston This Weekend
Moody Gardens “ICE LAND” and Festival of Lights, Schlitterbahn’s Holiday Splash to Open Saturday
GALVESTON, Texas (November 13, 2018) – Those looking to get into the holiday spirit will have their chance this weekend as Galveston kicks off 50 days of holiday festivities.
The festivities will begin Saturday when Moody Gardens opens its ICE LAND holiday ice sculpture attraction (made from 2 million pounds of ice) with an all-new “Pole to Pole” theme as well as its annual Festival of Lights.
ICE LAND will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and will remain open daily through January 6. In this 28,000-square-foot attraction, visitors can explore a chilling maze of majestic ice sculptures, decorated in elaborate colors and shapes with some standing 30 feet tall! Kids’ eyes will light up when they see 100-foot ice slides and intricately carved sculptures, featuring holiday figures and­ scenes representative of a festive journey from the North to South Pole complete with polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, reindeer and more.
Also opening Saturday is the 17th annual Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, where visitors can enjoy the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast. At 5 p.m. Santa will parachute in and at 6 p.m. he will flip the switch that turns on the mile-long Festival of Lights trail, showcasing more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. The opening ceremony will feature choirs and other free, live entertainment. While visiting Moody Gardens, visitors can also take a ride on the Arctic Slide, go ice-skating, visit with Santa, go on a train ride, grab hot cocoa and more. For more information, visit  
Those looking to enjoy some thrills this weekend can head to Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. At Holiday Splash, visitors to the indoor water park can go surfing with Santa, float through a giant holiday-themed snow globe in the tidal waves of the Torrent River, enjoy light displays and Christmas music, participate in ornament-making contests, visit with costumed holiday characters and more. Festivities will kick off Saturday and continue select dates through Dec. 30. Holiday Splash festivities are included with water park admission. For details, visit
Known as the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, Galveston will continue to spread holiday cheer throughout the season with hundreds of events, including Dickens on The Strand, Santa Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum, holiday performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Santa Hustle and more! For details, visit
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