Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights Opens Nov. 12

Space City’s Holiday Tradition Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, Returns Nov. 12-Jan. 1

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HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2022 – Embark on a festive holiday adventure this holiday season at Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, Nov. 12 through Jan. 1. Galaxy Lights is an immersive holiday lights tradition bringing guests the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas. Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights offers a fun, holiday atmosphere to bring people and space closer together.

Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, explores the wonders of space exploration with stunning space-themed light installations,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO, Space Center Houston. “We welcome everyone to visit and be immersed in the story of space among real flown spacecraft and interactive holiday light experiences, while connecting with family and friends.”

In partnership with Reliant, Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights returns with new wonders each year. Go on a journey through the solar system in the new Deep Space Backyard. Walk underneath the stars and take your photo among large displays of astronauts exploring space. Take a seat and watch the new crystal fireworks experience. See crystal fireworks come to life on a dazzling 40-foot-tall cascading light display composed of different colors of the galaxy. This is one of only two crystal fireworks displays in the world.

“At Reliant, lighting up the holidays is what we do best, and Galaxy Lights is sure to bring new dimensions of holiday cheer with the captivating light displays this year,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “We look forward to seeing families and friends come together to experience this event exploring light, space and technology, while inspiring visitors with hope for the future.”

Throughout the experience, see dazzling light installations transform and illuminate the center. Guests will experience two high-tech kinetic light shows, supported by Wellby Financial, where dozens of suspended lights move in precise choreographed sequences to music above the Main Plaza.

Take photos with family and friends among large light displays of astronauts exploring space. Walk through a 200-foot LED light tunnel made of more than 250,000 lights synchronized to festive holiday music. 

Located at the Independence Plaza experience, presented by MLN, guests will walk underneath a 30-foot Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and through an outdoor light tunnel featuring geometric shapes that make 5,000 different light effects. Guests can hop onto an interactive light pad, supported by H.E.B., made of 290 multicolor platforms under the wing of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft. Experience the holiday atmosphere at the s’more pits and sip hot cocoa, along with additional holiday food available for purchase.

Galaxy Lights honors the International Space Station (ISS) with a Lights Around the World display surrounding the twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. See six aluminum 20-foot trees representing International Space Station partners including the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and the European Space Agency surrounded by multicolor glowing stars among 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 set nearby the SpaceX Falcon 9 exhibit.

Don’t miss a 20-foot twinkling tree with swirling and blinking multicolor lights and watch an interactive show, “Celebrate Light,” to learn about science behind starlight as well as how lighting conditions aboard the International Space Station affects astronauts.

Watch an 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.

Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, is one of Space Center Houston’s many immersive, interactive experiences that inspires space enthusiasts of all ages. General public tickets start at: $19.95; Member tickets start at: $15.95; ages 3 & younger get free admission; combo ticket includes admission to Space Center Houston beginning at 3 p.m. to explore the center followed by admission to Galaxy Lights. Take part in Galaxy Lights 21+ Night on Nov. 18 and a Galaxy Lights Overnight experience on Dec. 10. Space Center Houston is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Galaxy Light is open Nov. 12-Jan. 1, excluding Nov. 24, Dec. 8, 24 and 25. Join the conversation. Use #GalaxyLights when posting to social media. For more information about activities and tickets during this unique holiday adventure, visit spacecenter.org/galaxylights.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1.25 million visitors annually, was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $118.7 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience the educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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