For those of you who haven’t gotten a chance to visit Moody Gardens during the holiday season, you’re in for a “cool” treat.
Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday debuts Saturday at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.
The fourth annual event will feature a 36-foot tall Giant Ruins Ice Slide, white-faced saki and cotton-top tamarin monkeys, birds, butterflies, sloths, snakes and fish, towering trees and vines — and the Shivers Ice Bar (sorry, kiddos! for adults only)! Oh, and did I mention, everything is carved from two million pounds of ice, so yeah, it’ll be a cool 9 degrees!
Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by opening day celebrations kicking off at 4 p.m. This free event includes performances by the Harbor Light Choir, Galveston ISD choir, Galaxy Band and rain forest animal stilt walking dancers from the Aldine Dance Co. Santa Claus parachutes in for the fun at 5 p.m. with Festival of Lights opening at 6 p.m.
All the holiday festivities at Moody Gardens will be open through Jan. 7.
For tickets and information on Value Days discounts, visit www.moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.
Magical Winter Lights returns
If you didn’t get a chance to attend Magical Winter Lights in 2016, have no fear!
The magical winter land adventure kicks off at 5 p.m. today at Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, in La Marque.
The festival will be open daily, including holidays, through Jan. 2 — excluding Monday, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Hours of operation will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Chinese acrobatic performances will be at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
For tickets, visit www.magicalwinterlights.com or call Chelsea Atkinson, 713-496-0556, Ext. 701.
Float the Boat fundraiser
Don’t forget to attend the Artist Boat’s annual Float the Boat fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at the Trolley Station, 2021 Strand St., in Galveston.
The fundraiser will include dinner, beer, wine, silent auction, live music, and a curated art auction.
For tickets and information on how you can help if you can’t attend, visit www.artistboat.org or call 409-770-0722.
Local band to debut new CD
El Lago, a local band based in Galveston, will debut its new CD “Vodi” at a release show at 8 p.m. today at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café, 413 20th St., in Galveston.
After the show, the four-piece band, featuring vocals of lead singer and guitarist Lauren Eddy, will be joining Holy Golden and Astragal on a December tour, and is set to perform and tour in support of the album throughout 2018.
‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’
The Grand 1894 Opera House will present “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” at 8 p.m. today at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston.
The production, which is the longest running off Broadway tour in American history, has also been played in Canada, London, Edinburg and Australia.
For tickets and information (by the way, this show contains adult content), visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.
Celebration Set Sail set for Saturday
The city of Seabrook will have its third annual Celebration Set Sail event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Meador Park, 2400 Hammer St., in Seabrook.
The annual event will celebrate the best of coastal living with live music featuring Jake Worthington (11:30 a.m.), the Zydeco Dots (1 p.m.), The Robert Hartye Band (2:30 p.m.), Mango Punch (4 p.m.), and Kelly McGuire (5:30 p.m.), wine, craft beer, a “Sea of Art,” a pet fashion show, Ahoy Kid’s Zone, gourmet food trucks, and more.
Admission is $10 in advance for ages 11 and older, and ages 10 and younger will be admitted for free.
For tickets and information, visit www.celebrationseabrook.com.
Hope Festival set to honor veterans
St. George’s Episcopal Church will have its Hope Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 510 13th Ave. N., at Sixth Street, in Texas City.
The family friendly event will include food trucks, pony and train rides, a petting zoo, face painting, silent auction, baked goods, ham and chili and vendors selling a variety of wares.
Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call Jean McKnight, 409-945-5949.