Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights is a holiday staple for much of North Alabama and this year, it’s back with even more magic for families to enjoy! Returning for the 26th season this year, our favorite holiday tradition will be open from November 11, 2021 – January 1, 2022.
What’s New this Year at Galaxy of Lights
This year, guests that opt to take the walking path at Galaxy of Lights will be able to enjoy a special path through the interior of the Garden. New lighting techniques and special effects will couple with the familiar holiday music and traditional light displays to create a whole new experience for guests to enjoy!
“Galaxy of Lights is a beloved tradition for our entire region, and as we look forward to the next 25 years of the event, we are inspired by the opportunity to blend familiar traditions with new surprises,” said Sue Wagner, chief executive officer of the Garden.
The new additions set out to make a more immersive experience for guests to enjoy during their visit and will bring back some crowd pleasers from previous seasons.
“We introduced some of these new lighting effects during last year’s 25th anniversary season, and they were very popular, so we could not wait to bring them back again this year with even more surprises. Walking Nights is going to be more immersive than ever before while maintaining the Galaxy holiday magic our community knows and loves.” -Rebecca Turk, Director of Learning and Public Engagement, HSVBG
Despite the new additions, families can expect to enjoy the usual favorites that make Galaxy of Lights such a special holiday tradition year after year. Dog Walk Nights will take place November 15, 16, 22, and 23 and the Galaxy of Lights 5K Race and 3K Fun Run will return on November 29 and 30.
The walking nights season will run from Thursday, November 11 through Sunday, November 28 from 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Tickets range from $13 to $25 for adults and $7 – $15 for children. Early purchase is recommended to ensure admission.
The classic Galaxy of Lights driving nights will take place Thursday, December 2 – Saturday, January 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and will be closed on Christmas Day. Ticket prices range from $20 – $35 per vehicle with a $5 discount available on Mondays for active and retired military with valid ID.
Plan Your Visit
Admission for both walking and driving nights can be purchased online in advance.
Walking Night Admission:
Driving Nights Admission:
Dates & Times
November 11 – 28 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Time of last admission)
Dog Walking Nights:Every Monday and Tuesday during Walking Nights (November 15, 16, 22, and 23)
December 2 – January 1 (Closed Christmas Day)
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Time of last admission)
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Lauren Lee is a longtime dog mom transitioning to life as a rookie human mom. She is married to her college sweetheart, Josh, and they welcomed their son, Oliver, to the world in June. Lauren is a Jacksonville State University alumni and has been a published writer since she was sixteen. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, writing, knitting and hiking with her two dogs.