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Galaxy of Lights Returns with Even More Holiday Magic

Galaxy of Lights Returns with Even More Holiday Magic

Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden

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.

The white buildings at the Huntsville Botanical Garden are illuminated at the end of a lit walkway at the Galaxy fo Lights.
See the Garden like never before during the Galaxy of Lights.

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.


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“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

Two people prepare to walk through a series of green and blue lit arches at the Huntsville Botanical Garden's Galaxy of Lights.
New additions will make walking nights even more special.

Familiar Favorites

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.

A car drives along a lit path under a string of lights at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.
Take shelter from the cold from the comfort of your car on the classic driving route at Galaxy of Lights.

Plan Your Visit

Admission for both walking and driving nights can be purchased online in advance.

Walking Night Admission:


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An admission chart reflects the rates for walking Nights admission for Galaxy of Lights.
Admission rates reflect walking nights only.

Driving Nights Admission: 

A chart reflects the driving night prices at Galaxy of Lights.
Admission rates reflect driving nights only.

Dates & Times

Walking Nights
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)

Driving Nights
December 2 – January 1 (Closed Christmas Day)
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Time of last admission)

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