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
Galaxy of Lights is a regional holiday tradition that takes place every November and December at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. For over 25 years, we have welcomed guests from near and far to explore the magnificent lights and enjoy the Garden when it’s decked for the holiday season. With both walking and driving experiences, Galaxy offers guests of all ages the chance to experience the magic, share in the tradition, and make memories together.
With new immersive displays, you won’t want to miss this year’s Galaxy of Lights!
Proceeds from Galaxy of Lights go directly to support the Garden’s mission. Whether you volunteer at the event, sponsor a light display, or buy a ticket, you are helping us serve our community as a source of plant conservation, education, and beauty all year long.
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.
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.
Questions about Galaxy?
Check out our Galaxy of Lights FAQ!
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 28, 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 29, 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: