Launch Unwanted Holiday Fruit Cakes and Recycle Christmas Trees at Moody Gardens on Jan. 2

Moody Gardens will host a Fruit Cake Launch and Christmas Tree Chunk on Jan. 2 with a mission to recycle and have some fun.

Conservation is a key part of our mission at Moody Gardens and this event is an example of something simple we can do to raise awareness and be  environmentally friendly in our community. Each year, Moody Gardens collaborates with the City of Galveston in an effort to recycle Christmas trees.  Visitors can bring their bare trees from this holiday season and “chunk” them into a pile to be recycled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The fresh mulch will be used in plant beds around Moody Gardens and throughout the city. Those who wish to can also bring some mulch home with them.

An entertaining new tradition is being added to the event this year.  Visitors are invited to participate in the first annual Fruit Cake Launch from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Rather than re-gifting their unwanted fruit cakes, we welcome people to bring them to launch on one of our two launchers for the chance to win a prize for the furthest flying cake.  The winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to all Moody Gardens attractions along with a Penguin Encounter where they will meet a real penguin. To enter the Fruit Cake Launch contest, visitors need to bring one nonperishable food item or $1 in cash to be donated to Gleanings From The Harvest. Guests may also purchase water balloons to launch for a donation of $1 per two balloons, also to be donated to Gleanings From The Harvest.

The festivities are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the Moody Gardens west parking lot.  The event is open to the public.

At a Glance

Event: Fruit Cake Launch and Christmas Tree Chunk

Date / Time:  Jan. 2, 2010, 2 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public, to participate in Fruit Cake Launch please bring one nonperishable food item or $1 cash to donate

Name the Baby Penguin Contest!

Submit a name and you could win a penguin prize package for four and meet a real penguin!

Moody Gardens Penguin ChickEnter one of two ways:

1)    Submit your entry in the Registration Box at the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid
2)    Email your entry to namethepenguin@moodygardens.com (Be sure to include your name, age, phone number and address with your email entry)

Contest dates:  Dec. 18, 2009 – Jan. 1, 2010
Prize Awarded:  King Tux the Moody Gardens Penguin Mascot will choose the winning entry Jan. 3

Please note: Contestants must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older to use their prize.

The Gift of Christmas Live Returns to Moody Gardens

The holiday season is a magical time of year, particularly here at Moody Gardens. Amid all the exciting sights and sounds of the season, we’re delighted with the return of The Gift of Christmas Live, a fabulous dinner and show that is quickly becoming a favorite holiday tradition.

An original show commissioned by Moody Gardens, The Gift of Christmas Live features a blend of new and traditional Christmas music, including the signature song “The Gift of Christmas,” composed exclusively for the show. You also don’t want to miss the amazing live creation of an original work of art by renowned artist Rolando Diaz. It is amazing to see Rolando transform a blank canvas into a beautiful work of art right before your eyes. In addition to the piece created each night during the show, a selection of Rolando’s work will be on display before and after the performance.

The show runs Dec. 17 through Dec. 27. Each evening begins with caroling and hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner; then sit back for a musical presentation that will have you singing in the aisles. This delightful show for all ages features talented artists from across the state of Texas.  In addition to “The Gift of Christmas,” you’ll also get to hear – and sing along with – wonderful renditions of traditional favorites, such as “O Holy Night,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Run Rudolph Run” and others.

Special children’s matinee performances will be held Dec. 17. The one-hour matinee show is designed especially for younger audiences and allows them to interact with the cast, engage in fun sing-a-longs, exciting character appearances, and enjoy traditional Christmas snacks, cookies and beverages. The purchase of a Children’s Matinee ticket also includes an open dated voucher for the Festival of Lights and a voucher for one complimentary child’s admission to the Gift of Christmas dinner show.

We invite you to come celebrate the sights and sounds of the season with Moody Gardens, and make The Gift of Christmas Live a tradition for your family!

The Gift of Christmas Live is made possible through the generous support of local hotel and motel tax dollars from the city of Galveston generated to encourage tourism and to further promote arts and entertainment on the Island.

For more information on the dinner and matinee shows, visit moodytickets.com

AT A GLANCE
What: The Gift of Christmas Live – Dinner & Show
When: Dec 17 – Dec 27
Where: Moody Gardens Expo Arena
Who: Families, Couples, Groups
Address: Seven Hope Blvd. Galveston, TX 77554
Information: moodytickets.com, 409-683-4186