Ring in the Holidays at Galveston, Texas with breathtaking ice sculptures and Siberian temperatures in Moody Gardens Iceland
About Moody Gardens Iceland
Every Holiday Season, Moody Gardens in Galveston is home to a towering Ice Castle and beautiful creatures sculpted in ice. Moody Gardens Iceland is inspired by the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. An award-winning ice carving team flies in from Harbin, China in September to create the wonder that is Moody Gardens Iceland. The team carves over 900 tons of ice in ~1080 hours to create themed characters each year. Moody gardens Iceland is created in a 28,000 square foot insulated tent with temperatures maintained at 9 degrees. Started in 2014, Moody Gardens Iceland has become one of the most popular Holiday attractions in Texas. Each year Iceland features different themes; 2016 was a Caribbean Christmas while 2017 is Rainforest Holiday.
Moody Gardens Iceland: Rainforest Holiday takes you through a tropical rainforest of soaring birds, colorful butterflies, monkeys and other forest creatures. At the center of the rainforest are ancient castle ruins with hidden nooks, doorways, balconies and terraces – all created in giant ice cubes! Visitors walk through the ruins, enter a bat cave, climb staircases and slide down an ice slide. The ice slide is one of the main attractions of Moody Gardens Iceland. The ice slide has a gentle slope and is perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers too. Perfect way to end the visit for adults is to get a drink in Shivers Ice Bar. Sit on bar stools and chairs made of ice and savor a vodka shot or a glass of beer. If you prefer something hot after your Siberian adventure, sip on some hot chocolate at the gift shop. We added a shot of Irish cream and it was delicious!
Tips to enjoy Moody Gardens Iceland
Entry: Entry to Iceland is every 30 mins. Weekends mean long waiting times and lines. We stood in line at 7:30 pm on a Saturday and were out by 9:30 pm. We spent approximately 30 mins inside Iceland; rest of the time was spent waiting in line. Avoid crowds by visiting Iceland early in the morning on weekends or on weekdays. Buy your tickets today.
Entry process: Visitors first stand in line to get tickets punched. Then they are led to waiting area where gloves and hats can be purchased and a video about the making of Iceland is shown. After the video, visitors enter second waiting area where they can take the free parkas and get photos taken. After that, visitors can enter Iceland.
What to wear & pack: Iceland is always freezing at 9 F. Moody Gardens provides parkas to visitors. You must take your own thermal gloves and hats or you will need to buy them inside the attraction. Wear closed shoes and socks. Keep tissues handy and take along some hand warmers.
Where to stay in Galveston: We love staying in Hotel Galvez & Spa or The Tremont House in Galveston. There are many other great hotels in the area including Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center. Check great prices and book Galveston hotels here.
Disclosure: We visited Iceland as guests of Moody Gardens. All opinions are our own.