The Holidays are Aglow at Space Center Houston

HOUSTON, Sept. 11, 2019 – This holiday season will shine bright with something for everyone at Space Center Houston. Experience an all-new holiday lights display, an interactive fall exhibit and the newly restored Apollo Mission Control.

“We invite guests to join us when Space Center Houston transforms for the holidays with Galaxy Lights illuminating our center and Rocket Park,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO for the nonprofit. “Enjoy the music and space-themed light displays adorning the center. Sip on hot cocoa under the stars at Independence Plaza. Experience hands-on Explorer Camps and learn about what NASA is doing now to get to the Moon and Mars.”

Guests can explore an array of mission objectives this holiday season with Texas’s most technologically advanced light display, Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant. Explore interactive and programmable light displays, take a tram ride through twinkling holiday displays at Rocket Park and discover Instagram-worthy photo ops at Independence Plaza from Nov. 16 to Jan. 5. The center will host an adults-only night with holiday-themed adult beverages on Dec. 5; a Galaxy Lights Overnight on Dec. 7, where families will camp at Space Center Houston and be surrounded by some of the rarest space artifacts in the world. As a Certified Autism Center, the center will also provide a sensory-friendly version of Galaxy Lights on Dec. 9 with reduced noise and modified lighting.

Enter a portal to an immersive new fall exhibit, Playing with Light, designed and developed by Scitech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions. The exhibit explores light through engaging experiments, hands-on activities and interactive light displays. The nonprofit presents Playing with Light Nov. 2 through Jan. 1.

Delve into robots and rocketry supporting future space exploration. Space Center Houston’s fall and winter Explorer Camps drives curiosity for young explorers, children ages 4-11, to experience the wonders of space and science. Campers spend a day discovering the world of robotics, engineering, planetary science, and more on select dates in October, November, and December.

Space Center Houston guests can see the newly restored Apollo Mission Control room as part of the center’s NASA Tram Tours and Level 9 VIP Tours. The restoration of the National Historic Landmark was completed this summer and allows guests to see Mission Control as it was when humans first landed on the Moon. A free timed ticket is required to visit the Apollo Mission Control. Timed tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of their visit.

Upgrade the adventure with Lunch with an Astronaut. Meet a space pioneer, hear their first-hand experiences and snap a selfie with them every Friday and Saturday as well as Nov. 25, 26, 27 and Dec. 26.

Become a scientist in our Pop-Up Science Labs. Conduct experiments, operate a robotic rover and learn about how NASA explores the cosmos to further our understanding of the universe.

Space Center Houston is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets are available online at or at the door. Become a member and attend special exhibit preview parties, receive free parking and priority boarding for the NASA Tram Tour.