Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart.
There are some BIG changes coming this year. We will have an additional Walking Night (November 16) and we will be closed for Thanksgiving (November 23). Closing on Thanksgiving will give our volunteers and staff a day to spend with their families and friends before we begin the 39 driving nights.
We are excited to share with our visitors all the new sights around the Garden. With the entire route being paved and new sidewalks and bridges around the new Guest Center, walking this year will be easier. The traditional Hot Chocolate and Spirited Coffee tents will still be available for visitors. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with Galaxy’s nearly 200 displays!
Galaxy depends on volunteers to man each and every night and there is always room for a new group or family to participate. We welcome any new participants. Please contact Galaxy at Galaxy@hsvbg.org if you would like to help our Galaxy team!
Thursday, Nov 16 – Tuesday, Nov 21 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Members : Adults: $6, Children: $3
Non-members: Adults: $7, Children: $4
Dog Night is Nov 20 only – see more information below
Walking Night tickets can be purchased in advance at the Guest Center Admission desk!
Monday, November 20 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Members : Adults: $6, Children: $3, Dogs $1
Non-members: Adults: $7, Children: $4, Dogs $1
Dog Night tickets can be purchased in advance at the Guest Center Admission desk!
Galaxy Driving Nights
Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 31* | 5:30-9:00 p.m.
*Galaxy is closed on Thanksgiving and Nov. 27 & 28 for Galaxy Runs.
$25/car (up to 10 people)/ $3 for each additional person
(Tour bus driver is free)
Discounted Nights ($20/car nights):
Nov 24 – 26, Nov 29 – Dec 7, Dec 11 – 14, Dec 25 – 31
Tickets can be purchased in advance online (at a later date) or at the Admission desk in the Guest Center Atrium lobby.
If you are purchasing a Driving Night ticket online, please be sure to print your e-ticket. This will be your ticket to drive through Galaxy. Thank you!
Many nights are discounted to $20 (list of dates above). Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th, busy night). No refunds for pre-purchased tickets at the gate. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the Driving Night gate price of admission with any donation. Military Night is every Monday, $5 discount with ID.
Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket purchased in advance (online at a later date or at the Admission desk in the Guest Center Atrium lobby) will NOT receive any other discounts. Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice.
Bike the Lights
Tuesday, November 14 | 6:30 PM
Throughout the Garden
Registration through IamAthlete
Be part of this fun inaugural event at the Garden. The course winds through the 1.8 mile paved Galaxy of Lights trail. Our sponsor, Bicycle Cove, will lead everyone around the course for the first loop. Following the first loop riders are welcome to ride the loop as many times as they choose as long as they start the final loop before 7:30 PM. Everyone must be off the course by 7:45 PM.
Schedule of events
4:30 PM – 6:15 – Packet pick up and late registration (if available) at the Botanical Garden
5:30 PM – Santa will be available for photos and early Christmas wishes
– Pizza by Domino’s, snacks and drinks served
6:15 PM – Begin lining up and hear announcements
6:30 PM – Bike the Lights begins
7:00 PM – Decorated bike awards. We are looking forward to some creative decorations
Adults $20 Kids 12 & Under $15
Contact Tamara Huron at email@example.com with questions.
Galaxy of Lights 5k – SOLD OUT!
Monday, November 27th
Holiday 3k Dash
Tuesday, November 28th
Running through Galaxy at night, with all the lights twinkling around you, offers a unique running experience. Join us for the 5k, 3k fun run or both. The races begin at 6:30 and will use the paved portions of the Galaxy of Lights Trail. Santa will be there both nights so everyone is welcome to come and cheer the runners on and spend some time with Ole Saint Nick.
The 5k race has limited entries so sign up early
Your registration fee includes a t-shirt with either race.
Or, you may download a registration form at the links below. Forms can be mailed along with payment and must be postmarked by November 23rd to receive the early registration fees. However, spaces are limited and we anticipate selling out early.
5k: SOLD OUT!
Adult $30 ($40 after 11/20/17)
3k Holiday Dash:
Adult $25 ($35 after 11/20/17)
Ages 4-10 $15 ($25 after 11/20/17)
For more information on these races please click on one of the links below for a downloadable registration form.
3K PDF Registration
5K PDF Registration
Behind the Scenes Video – Galaxy of Lights