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Thinking of a family get-away for Thanksgiving or Christmas break with the kids? The folks from Moody Gardens joined Lisanne for KTEN News Midday with some fun ideas.


Moody Gardens® will brighten up the wintery season with the 12th annual Festival of Lights on Nov. 16. As one of the largest holiday lighting events on the Gulf Coast, this year's celebration will not only have parachuting Santa, but also a special performance highlighting the culture of Galveston's sister city Niigata, Japan.  Free to the public, the ceremony will kick-off at 4 p.m. with talented locals ringing in the festive spirit with holiday-themed entertainment. Students across Galveston Independent School District will illuminate the festival with twenty-five hand-made Japanese folk art known as the Taiguruma, pull-cart paper lanterns in the shape of a Bream fish, and perform songs to go along with the Japanese celebration.  Families can welcome Santa at 5 p.m. when he parachutes down from the North Pole to help prepare Moody Gardens for the grand lighting. After mixing, mingling and a few dazzling performances, Mr. Claus will flip the switch to begin the Festival at 6 p.m. and officially kick off the holiday season on Galveston Island.

The Festival will continue to shine throughout the holiday season Thursdays through Saturdays from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7, before open nightly from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours run from 6 to 10 p.m.  Admission to the Festival of Lights is $6.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday 4D Film, Ridefilm and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each.  Guests can also enjoy the Texas-sized Arctic slide and the classic outdoor skating rink. Ice skates are available for rent or guests can bring their own.

For more information, please call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.  Moody Gardens recognizes Houston Area Cadillac Dealers, KPRC TV 2, Houston Community Newspapers, Houston Family Magazine, Gilbane Builders, Morris Architects, Broome Welding & Machine Co., Forman Equipment and Contracting, Kelso Concrete, KenMor Electric, American Marble, CHP and Associates, Glazier Foods and Forward Energy Group as sponsors of the 2013 Festival of Lights.

Galveston is the "Winter Wonder Island" of Texas, offering visitors more than 1,000 magical holiday events to enjoy during the holiday season. Moody Gardens is a proud participant in Galveston's new Passport to Holiday Magic celebration, where visitors can access a downloadable "passport" to keep track of the island's many events and have a chance to win prizes. To get your passport, visit www.galveston.com/holidaymagic.   Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.