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

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:, 409-683-4186