Galaxy of Lights 2023
November 17 – December 31
Walking Nights: November 17- 26, 29, 30 (Closed Thanksgiving Day) & December 1 – 3, 16 – 24
Dog Walking Nights: Every Monday and Tuesday during Walking Nights (November 20 & 21 and December 18 & 19)
Driving Nights: December 4 – 15 & 26 – 31
Don’t miss your chance to experience Huntsville’s favorite holiday light event, Galaxy of Lights! From November 17 to December 31, the Garden transforms into a winter wonderland of lights, faux snow, music, and more!
There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from traditional holiday lights to interactive fun, walking nights to driving nights, and even dog nights! This year, Galaxy of Lights brings new and magical light displays to experience. Reimagine the tradition you know and love, Galaxy of Lights!
For more than 25 years, we have welcomed guests from near and far to explore the magnificent light displays and enjoy the botanic beauty of the Garden. With both walking and driving experiences, Galaxy offers guests of all ages the chance to share in the beloved tradition and make memories together.
Proceeds from Galaxy of Lights directly support the mission-driven activities of the Garden. Whether you volunteer at the event, sponsor a light display, or buy a ticket, you are helping us serve our community as a resource for plant conservation, education, and botanic beauty all year long. #GalaxyofLights
Looking for the Galaxy races? Scroll down on this page to learn more about the Galaxy of Lights 5k Race and 3k Fun Run!
Looking for more information on Galaxy Dog Walking Nights? Scroll down on this page to learn more about the Galaxy of Lights Dog Walking Nights.
Looking for information about Galaxy of Lights Engagement Packages? Click here to read all about this magical experience for you and your loved one.
Tickets for Walking Nights and Driving Nights are available to pre-purchase online or at the Garden’s front desk during regular business hours. For Walking Nights, please pre-purchase your timed ticket in advance to guarantee your admission! Gate tickets are not guaranteed during Walking Nights.
For Driving Nights, tickets can be pre-purchased for any date or purchased upon arrival. All Driving Nights tickets are priced per vehicle with ten (10) or fewer occupants.
All tickets to Galaxy of Lights are non-refundable. Tickets for Walking Nights may be rescheduled to a different date for a transaction fee of $5 per ticket. All unused tickets are considered a donation to the Garden in support of our mission activities. To reschedule your Walking Nights ticket(s), please email email@example.com with your order/ticket number and date you wish to reschedule. We ask that you kindly allow two business days for a response to ticket inquiries, including rescheduling requests.
Thank you to our 2023 Galaxy of Lights Sponsors
Questions about Galaxy?
Check out our Galaxy of Lights FAQ!
Galaxy Fun Facts
- There are 3.5 million lights throughout the 2023 Galaxy of Lights Experience.
- The Whimsical Woods features over 200 dancing light poles all jumping with our wrapped trees to add over 35,000 lights to that location alone.
- There are over 12 miles of extension cords and 12 miles of ethernet cord throughout the experience.
- The Galaxy of Lights Walking Night Experience features over 12 FM transmitter zones through 50 speakers to give music throughout the entire walkthrough each themed to its own area.
- Our 3 newly wrapped trees within the Whimsical Woods location features over 8,000 animated LEDs per tree!
- Galaxy of Lights is created in-house and is an all-year operation from designing to engineering, to building the entire experience. It’s technically the Holidays all year round!
Galaxy of Lights Dog Walking Nights
November 20 & 21, 2023
December 18 & 19, 2023
Ready to immerse yourself and your four-legged friend in the magic of the holiday season? Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights offers many opportunities to walk through with your pup!
Thank you to our Galaxy Dog Walking Nights Sponsors:
The Galaxy of Lights 5k Race and 3k Fun Run are your chance to experience Galaxy on a one-of-a-kind run (or walk!) through the displays.
2023 Registration is now open!
Monday, November 27, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
The 5k Race (3.1 miles) will be held on Monday, November 27, with the course winding through the Galaxy of Lights trail. Much of this path is paved, with occasional sections of gravel path. Start times are staggered in two waves. Because the 5k is a timed race, it is important to start with your assigned wave to ensure proper timing for the awards.
- Wave 1 (BLUE wristbands): 6:00 p.m.
- Wave 2 (GREEN wristbands): 6:30 p.m.
Pets, strollers, headphones, and non-registered participants are not allowed on the course. All registrations are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable.
Our generous sponsors will be providing refreshments for participants and spectators beginning at 5:30 p.m. near the Grisham Pavilion. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the fun and cheer you on! Only registered participants will be allowed access to the Galaxy of Lights displays for the 5k Race and 3k Fun Run.
3k Fun Run
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
The 3k Fun Run is not a timed race but will be full of great light displays, holiday music, and prizes from our generous sponsors. Sponsors will provide refreshments for participants and spectators beginning at 5:30 p.m. near the Grisham Pavilion. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the fun and cheer you on!
The 3k Fun Run (1.8 miles) begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, with the course winding through the Galaxy of Lights trail. Much of this path is paved, but there are occasional sections of gravel path.
headphones, and non-registered participants over 3 years of age are not allowed
on the course, but strollers are welcome. Unregistered children under 3 years
of age are welcome for the 3k Fun Run but will not receive a commemorative
t-shirt. All registrations are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable.
Only registered participants will be allowed access to the Galaxy of Lights displays for the 5k Race and 3k Fun Run.
Thank you to our 5k and 3k Fun Run sponsors:
Galaxy of Lights Presenting Sponsor: