Ice Land: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants and Festival of Lights

T-shirts and shorts are usually appropriate for Gulf Coast weather during the winter holiday season. Usually, but not this year. You’re going to have to break out the parkas and mittens when you visit Moody Gardens’ newest attraction, Ice Land: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants. A team of artisans from China have spent several weeks carving 50 figures and structures from 900 tons of ice to create a holiday spectacular. (Some of the sculptures are more than 30 feet tall.) Set inside a specially cooled tent, Ice Land boasts a temperature of nine degrees. (Nope, we’re not missing a zero on that number — nine degrees!)

The annual Moody Gardens Festival of Lights also is ready for visitors with more than a hundred decorated holiday scenes and strolling entertainers. There are two extra-cool (literally!) attractions in the Festival of Lights — a 100-foot-long Arctic ice slide and an outdoor ice rink.

See the Festival of Lights at 6 to 10 p.m. daily. Through January 3. Hours vary for Ice Land, Arctic Ice Slide and other attractions. 1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston. For information, call 800‑582‑4673 or visit moodygardens.org. Prices vary.
Nov. 15-Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 2014

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