Millions of lights sparkle for Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Botanical Garden employees are putting the final touches on a dazzling display of lights in celebration of the holiday season.

This year marks the 19th annual Galaxy of Lights  holiday light exhibit featuring larger-than-life animated displays.

Starting Friday, you can begin touring the light show that includes new displays this year. Crowd favorites like the magical Twinkling Icicle Forest, Nursery Rhymes, and Animated Snowmen are installed and ready, according to volunteers who were busy Thursday evening double checking all the lights along the path.

On November 14 – 17, and 21 – 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors can walk at their own pace through the winter wonderland of holiday lights, and children can visit with Santa Claus.

On Monday, November 17 and 24, walkers are welcome to bring the family pooch for the popular Dog Walking Nights.

“There`s just no better way to get in the holiday spirit by walking, or driving, through Galaxy of Lights,” said Carol Casey, Director of Marketing. “Our out-of-this world light extravaganza celebrates the season and makes it merry and bright.”

Admission for walk-through is $6 adults and $3 for children ages 3-17 and $1 for dogs. Members receive a discounted rate for walking nights. No cars are permitted on walking nights, though in the event of rain, the night will become a drive-through experience.

Drive-through nights begin on Thanksgiving night and continue nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 31, 2013. Admission for drive through is $20 per car with a $1 discount for donations to charity. Each year the garden uses the Galaxy of Lights as a collection point for much-needed items in the community. Some of the charities we support with collections are: The Greater Huntsville Humane ; Toys for Tots; Inner City Church of Christ (new and gently used warm coats, hats, mittens, gloves; also non-perishable food items); Interfaith Missions Foodline (canned and boxed food items). Links to their websites listing the most needed items can be found on the gardens website at www.hsvbg.org.

The Galaxy of Lights will be closed on December 1 and 2 for the Galaxy 5k and Galaxy Fun Run events.

Galaxy of Lights has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event for many years. It has also been included on the American Bus Association`s Top 100 Events, and was named Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association`s Event of the Year in 2003.

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