This article is sponsored by Moody Gardens Galveston Island.

The holiday season returns to Moody Gardens with its newly named Holiday in the Gardens.

It may seem a little early to be thinking of the holidays, but Santa's elves are already at work as ICE LAND makes its triumphant return to Moody Gardens with a new theme for 2019.

With this brand-new theme, visitors will see landmarks from all around the world including the Alamo, Big Ben, Sydney Opera House, the Great Wall of China and more – all hand-carved out of 2 million pounds of ice inside a 28,000 square foot insulated tent structure chilled and maintained at 9 degrees.

Here are eight fun attractions you can explore with friends and family this holiday season at Moody Gardens' Holiday in the Gardens:

1. "ICE LAND: Christmas Around the World"

2. "Festival of Lights"

3. Holiday 3-D films

4. Rudolph 4-D

5. Ice skating

6. Arctic slide

7. Train rides

8. Photos with Santa

Moody Gardens giveaway

One winner will receive a one-night stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel along with a round of golf for two at the Moody Gardens Golf Course in addition to a family four-pack of tickets to Moody Gardens. Two winners will receive a family four-pack to Moody Gardens.

Enter the sweepstakes here.

The holiday season at Moody Gardens runs from Nov. 16 to Jan. 12. 

For more information, visit or call 409-744-4673. 

Moody Gardens is a public, nonprofit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research.