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Planetarium Shows

Visit the planets, travel to a black hole, observe spinning galaxies or study the Earth from space in the Virginia Living Museum’s 71-seat Abbitt Planetarium Theater. Using our state-of-the-art digital full-screen projection system, we can recreate the many wonders of the universe, including the stars and constellations of the sky for any season of the year – all from the comfort of an armchair.

All day-time programs $4 plus museum admission. VLM members are admitted free to day-time programs. The planetarium is open daily May 27 through September 5. It is closed for annual maintenance September 6-30, reopening on Saturday, October 1 with shows presented Wednesdays through Sundays.

List of Shows

Laser Holidays

VLMrudyroseNovember 23-December 31
Time:  12:30 and 2:30pm Wednesday through Sunday

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

Recommended: ages 10 and above.

This 30 minute show, features classic holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” modern hits like “Jingle Bell Rock,” and unique reimaginings of timeless songs, this is an animated Christmas light display like no other you’ve ever seen! Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and dazzling laser effects!

Show Playlist

  • Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky
  • Up on the Housetop by The Jackson 5
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives
  • Winter Wonderland by The Eurythmics
  • Deck the Halls (Orchestra)
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
  • Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
  • Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Oiche Chium (Silent Night) by Enya
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love
  • Frosty the Snowman by The Cocteau Twins
  • Carol of the Bells by David Foster
  • The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  • All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas by James Galway
  • Daytime Shows: November 23, 25-27 – 11:30am, 1:30 and 3:30pm.

    November 30 – December 18 – 12:30 and 2:30pm Wednesday – Sunday

    December 21-23, 26-31 – 11:30am, 1:30 and 3:30pm.

    Daytime shows are 30 minutes. Songs are selected by the laserist.

    Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25.

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission

    Evening Shows: November 26, and December 17 at 6:30pm. December 10 at 8:30pm

    Cost: VLM members $3, non-members $6

    Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star

    VLMChristmasStar10Since 1965, we have journeyed in the footsteps of the Magi, seeking the identity of a mysterious star which foretold the coming of a king. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archaeology has revealed new clues about the lands in which these events took place, and our understanding of who the Magi might have actually been has grown. The show was completely revised in 2008 to offer a truly immersive look at the journey of the Magi while examining the latest clues and seeking once more to understand the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem.

    Our presentation of Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star is made possible by E&S Spitz.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

    Daytime Shows: November 23, 25-27 – 12:30 and 2:30pm.

    November 30 – December 18 – 1:30pm Wednesday – Sunday, 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday

    December 21-23, 26-31 – 12:30 and 2:30pm.

    Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25.

    Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission


    Evening Shows: November 26 and December 17 at 5:30pm, December 10 at 6:30pm.

    Cost: VLM members $3, non-members $6




    Special Thanks to the British Fulldome Institute for the use of planetarium shows and clips.