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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - –  The Galaxy of Lights is a magnificent holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays.  “There’s just no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by walking, or driving, through Galaxy of Lights,” said Carol Casey, VP of Communication and Programming. “Our out-of-this world light extravaganza celebrates the season and makes it merry and bright.”

Walking through the lights offers a very fun and unique way to see the Galaxy of Lights. It’s a shorter – but just as beautiful – trail. Along the way you can stop and visit Santa, have a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie or even a cup of “spirited” coffee is that’s your pleasure. Experience the fun Two nights of Galaxy of Lights we welcome the four-legged canine members of your family. Walking nights are November 10 – 13th and November 16th – 21st 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Dogs are welcome on November 13th and 20th.

Drive-through nights begin on Friday, November 24th. This is NEW this year as typically Galaxy opens on Thanksgiving night but we wanted to give our volunteers this night with their families. Galaxy of Lights will officially open the night after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24th and continue nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 31, 2017. Admission for drive through is $25 per car. Each Monday night after Thanksgiving is Military Night where there is a $5 discount for active or retired military with a valid ID. Some nights are discounted to $20. Check the Garden website for a list of discounted nights. There is also a $1 discount for donations to charity. Each year the Garden uses the Galaxy of Lights as a collection point for much needed items in the community. Some of the charities we support with collections are: The Greater Huntsville Humane ; Toys for Tots; Inner City Church of Christ (new and gently used warm coats, hats, mittens, gloves; also non-perishable food items); Interfaith Missions Foodline (canned and boxed food items). Links to their websites listing the most needed items can be found on the Gardens website at

Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online at are $20. The Galaxy of Lights will be closed on November 27 and 28 for the Galaxy 5k and Galaxy Holiday Dash events.


Galaxy of Lights has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event for many years.  It has also been included on the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events and received a 2017 Family Favorite Award from Rocket City Mom. To hear the story of the first Galaxy of Lights, visit A tip from the Galaxy of Lights crew - for the best Galaxy experience come early in the season, early in the week, and early in the evening.





Huntsville Botanical Garden is located at 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville, AL, is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden - and a variety of plant collections. This beautiful 112-acre Garden is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. With five distinct festivals each year; Beaks and Barks, Huntsville Blooms, Summer Butterfly Festival, Fall Scarecrow Trail and Holiday Galaxy of Lights, you’ll soon see why we say there’s Always Something Growing On at Huntsville Botanical Garden!