The Galaxy of Lights at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens is a “can’t miss” event around the holidays, and it’s easy to see why! For a few weeks every year, larger-than-life light displays take over the gardens to delight all who walk or drive through. The tradition started in 1996, meaning this is the 21st annual Galaxy of Lights! Although the event takes place during a time when visiting outdoor gardens isn’t as popular, the Galaxy of Lights is actually the garden’s biggest fundraising event. It’s staffed by volunteers, too!
Bundling into the car, sipping hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music, and driving through the Galaxy has been on my family’s holiday agenda for years. We all have our favorite displays and love finding them each year. There are six miles of luminaries and over 750 pieces on display to chose from, and they’re never laid out in the same order two years in a row.
I managed to visit the Galaxy on a walking night this year, but visiting in a car is maybe even more fun! Driving nights run through December 31 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $25 per car up to 10 people. You can buy your ticket at the Garden beforehand, online, or on the night of. Several nights are discounted to only $20 per car, so make sure you check the website for those nights. The Garden is also collecting donated coats and other cold-weather clothing, and you get $1 off your ticket with any donation.
The Galaxy of Lights is a Huntsville staple. You can enjoy the lights from the warmth of your own car and know that you’re giving back to the garden at the same time. We all have our favorite displays, and I’d love to hear yours. Let me know down in the comments!
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Katie Wright is a southerner, an explorer, a student, and an old lady at heart. She was born and raised in the south, but abandoned her homeland during her early twenties for the allure of places such as New Zealand and Northern England. After completing her studies, she returned to the sweet sunny south and is now an archaeologist by day and a blogger/vlogger by night. Other hobbies include baking, crocheting, researching local history (like I said… old lady), and putting things in her online shopping cart and then never buying them.