This winter explore the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas.
Nov. 14 - Jan. 3
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
(Closed Nov. 26, Dec. 10, 24 & 25)
Embark on a festive adventure and continue the Space City tradition this holiday season during Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant.
We are expanding Galaxy Lights this year to include exciting new wonders. Explore the experiences below to see what’s new for 2020 including open-air and safely distanced experiences.
Please allocate 90 minutes to enjoy the experience. Galaxy Lights is open 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., but tickets are only available for purchase until 9 p.m. each day to help ensure guests have plenty of time to enjoy the experience.
Kinetic lights, supported by JSC Federal Credit Union, & holiday film in the Main Plaza
Catch the original film "Holidays in Space" that includes real footage of astronauts celebrating the holidays as well as interviews with retired astronauts about what it was like celebrating in space. The film is shown in Destiny Theater every 30 minutes from 6:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and lasts 15 minutes.
Live show and twinkling tree in Astronaut Gallery
Watch our interactive show “Let There Be Light” to learn the science behind starlight as well as how lighting conditions aboard the International Space Station affects astronauts. Don’t miss the demonstrations of how batteries power lights, including how currents can flow through you to power a light bulb, and how LED lights work on the light wall.
Winter wonderland at Zero-G Diner & patio
Follow the path to walk underneath a 30-foot Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and learn about the future of space exploration and NASA’s journey to Mars. Experience a winter wonderland with snowflake projections and occasional flurries from our snow machines.
Light tunnel to Independence Plaza experience, supported by Texas Children’s Hospital
Hop onto our interactive light pad, supported by BHP, made of 143 multicolor platforms under the wing of our historic shuttle carrier aircraft in Independence Plaza. Go inside the historic shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 and the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence and see the Saturn V rocket lights from the second landing of the tower on your way down.
Watch snowflakes falling on our massive projection wall and the occasional snowfall from our snow machine. Grab a bite and enjoy the holiday atmosphere at the s’more pits. Enjoy a sparkling model of Earth and a prism tree, and snap a stellar selfie in our Earth photo station and our new snow globe photo station.
Space Station anniversary tribute at the SpaceX Falcon 9
See six aluminum 20-foot lit trees representing Space Station partners including the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia, and Italy surrounded by multicolor glowing stars along the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The trees are decorated culturally as a tribute to each partner nation.
At the tip of the Falcon 9, take a photo with a 15-foot wreath made of all the ISS partner flags. Walk underneath a massive 40-foot-tall, 100-foot-long sparkling shooting star and snap a stellar selfie.
Galaxy Lights Map
We have tailored an experience for Galaxy Lights that allows guests to conveniently explore all installations and attractions. Check out the map below to see the recommended path.
Several parts of this immersive experience are so massive they have to be outdoors. Discover giant planets, stars, holiday decor and more on Zero-G patio and alongside SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 in Independence Plaza. Please monitor weather conditions and plan accordingly. If a space coast cold front sneaks up on you, stop by one of our gift shops to pick up an extra layer, hat or scarf.