Galaxy of Lights schedule set at Huntsville Botanical Garden –

The schedule has been set for the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights, the longstanding Christmas tradition in north Alabama.

More than 200 light displays are planned for 2017 and the hot chocolate and spirited coffee tents will again be available on the path.

A change this year is an additional walking night through the lights. Altogether, there will be 10 nights this year when the path is closed to motor traffic and open only to walkers.

Another addition to the schedule is a bike night when visitors can ride their bikes through the lights on a 1.8-mile paved path. And there’s no limit on the number of loops bicyclists can make.

The Galaxy of Lights will be closed on Thanksgiving night.

There are also two dog nights on the schedule when visitors can walk through the lights with their dogs.

Here are some key dates:

  • Walking nights: Nov. 10-Nov. 13 and Nov. 16-Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 8 all nights.
  • Dog nights: Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 from 5:30-8 both nights.
  • Driving nights: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 from 5:30-9 all nights. The garden will be closed on Thanksgiving night as well as Nov. 27-28 for the Galaxy 5k and 3k races.

The garden also accepts donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate and those who donate get a $1 discount on driving nights.

Tickets for walking nights are $7 for adults who are not members of the garden and $4 for non-member children.

Tickets for driving nights are $25 per vehicle (up to 10 people). Discounted nights (Nov 24 – 26, Nov 29 – Dec 7, Dec 11 – 14, Dec 25 – 31) are $20 per vehicle.

Tickets will be available for purchase online at a later date on the garden website. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the garden’s guest center admission desk.

Visit the Huntsville Botanical Garden website for more information on the Galaxy of Lights. 


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