Many, many years ago I had my heart broken when a house in a prominent Huntsville neighborhood stopped displaying their amazing Christmas tree. It was bathed in red lights, situated behind an elegant cut glass front door, and stood tall in their foyer. It was truly magical, and I made a point of going to see that tree every year during our annual “holiday light drive”. Doesn’t everyone enjoy an evening of lights during the holidays? If you don’t, this is the year to add it to your holiday tradition. The only thing that could have ever been magical enough to replace that holiday show of glittery red goodness is the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights. This Huntsville tradition includes a twinkling icicle forest, dancing nursery rhyme characters, and the jolly old man himself, soaring over the gardens! These large, artfully crafted displays are sure to bring holiday delight to the whole family. No more fretting over what to do with the in-laws. Children are delighted by these displays and the glittering lights are sure to warm your adult heart. You know the fuzzy feeling, this will get you there!
This holiday light extravaganza was recognized as a Southeast Tourism Top 20 event for 2009, and Galaxy of Lights made the American Automobile Association’s “GEM” list for 2010!
This year’s event runs from Thursday, November 10 to Saturday, December 31. Walking nights are November 10 through November 22. And, please don’t forget, this year the galaxy has a new entrance through the Space and Rocket Center. Before your drive through, you can stop at the Space Center’s Aviation Challenge Area for a few minutes to see Santa’s Rocket Pit Stop with some fun treats and live reindeer!
For a detailed map and instructions regarding the new entrance please visit their website here.
If your appetite for holiday lights is insatiable, try the Horseshoe Trail drive: out Bailey Cove, off Willowbrook Drive. This is not a guaranteed event, but, when it occurs, they’ve been known to host Santa, reindeer, and even elves in the workshop.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Thanksgiving through December 31, 5:30-9 p.m.
Passenger Car – $20 per car (up to 10 people)
Vans – $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person
Tour buses – $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free).