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Ice Land (photo by Kevin Stillman)

Blend the holiday spirit with a tropical getaway to Galveston’s Moody Gardens as it unveils its annual chilly spectacle, Ice Land, Nov. 11-Jan. 7. A team of expert ice carvers from Harbin, China, travel to the Texas island each fall to spend more than a month creating sculptures and works of art from two million pounds of ice to fit the year’s theme. This year, expect to see frozen versions of a Rainforest Holiday—including playful monkeys, exotic birds, and flitting butterflies—as you walk through a colorful maze of equatorial delights. Gloves, scarves, and hats are necessary accessories (parkas are provided for all guests) as the space is kept at a bone-chilling 9 degrees Fahrenheit. While it may be a challenge to have a true White Christmas in the Lone Star State, you can at least experience a cold one.

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