A million-plus twinkling lights, the sound of ocean waves lapping the shoreline and Santa Claus parachuting in from the North Pole…can the holidays get any more magical than that? A regional tradition for families across the Gulf Coast, Moody Garden’s 12th Annual Festival of Lights pairs occasion and location with ice skating, train rides, an arctic ice slide, 3D and 4D movies, musical performances and more. “Every year we try to do something new. We debuted our Arctic Slide last year, and this year we are making it bigger and better, raising the height by four feet,” says Joshua Buckley, Moody Gardens’s public relations coordinator.
“We also have a new movie in our 4D Special FX Theater, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4D. The nativity scene is a favorite at the festival. My personal favorite is Santa’s Wonderland. You can make s’mores over a large fire pit while enjoying live entertainment, including a fire juggler. It’s the perfect end to the trail of lights.” With a mile-long trail of more than a million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, the Festival of Lights is the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting display.
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Times vary. Daily through January 4. 1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston. For information, call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.com/festivaloflights/. $6.95.
Nov. 16-Jan. 4, 2013