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Lasers paired to music are a great way to celebrate holidays throughout the year in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium.

Evening shows cost: $3 VLM members, $6 non-members.

List of Shows

Spirit of America Laser Show July

Spirit_of_America72 webJuly 4

Time: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.

Join us in the Abbitt Planetarium for a celebration of America. Spirit of America mixes great patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Rock on to great artists like John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and so many, many more.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

This program made possible by Heck Industries.

Evening Show Cost: $3 VLM members, $6 non-members.

Show Playlist

  • God Bless America – Celine Dion
  • Hoedown – Aaron Copeland
  • Centerfield – John Fogerty
  • Fifties Medley – Various
  • Star Spangled Banner – Kiss
  • World’s Greatest – R. Kelly
  • Servicemen on Parade – Aaron Copeland
  • Standing Outside the Fire – Garth Brooks
  • Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Only in America – Brooks & Dunn


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Fright Light October

vlmFrightLightIt’s a howling good time in the Abbitt Planetarium with this frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes! Wild and weird laser images accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and so many more! Come enjoy this laser spook-tacular!

Cost: Members $3, Non-members $6

Dates/Times: October 2016

This program is family-friendly: Inappropriate song lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.

Show Playlist

  • Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult
  • Monster Medley
    • Monster Mash by Boris Pickett
    • Purple People Eater by Warren Zevon
    • Boris the Spider by The Who
  • Enter Sandman by Metallica
  • Men In Black by Will Smith
  • Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters by Weird Al Yankovic
  • Firestarter by Prodigy
  • Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
  • Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  • Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
  • Push It by Garbage
  • Frankenstein by Edgar Winters Group
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
  • Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper

Holiday Magic


Kick off your holiday season with this wonderful new laser program full of classic holiday hits all set with lasers. Thee whole family will enjoy this delightful show – the most amazing holiday light display you’ll see all season. Don’t miss out on this fun new holiday tradition.


Show Playlist

    • Joy to the World
    • Most Wonderful Time of the Year 
    • Jingle Bell Rock  
    • The March from The Nutcracker Suite
    • Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
    • We Three Kings of Orient Are
    • Snow Miser
    • Linus and Lucy
    • Up on the Housetop-Alvin and the Chipmunks           
    • White Christmas
    • Russian Dance-The Nutcracker Suite                  
    • Let It Snow
    • Winter Wonderland-the Eurythmics
    • Sleigh Ride
    • Christmas Eve

Daytime Shows:  November 25, 27-29  – 11:30am, 1:30 and 3:30pm.

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

December 19-23, 26-31 – 11:30am, 1:30 and 3:30pm.

Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25.

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

Evening Shows:  November 28, December 19 at 7:30pm. December 12 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, archeology 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 25, 27-29 – 12:30 and 2:30pm. To celebrate our 50th Anniversary we are offering a special 50 CENT ADMISSION for non members from Nov. 25-29 only. Buy tickets at front desk. (members are free.)

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

December 19-23, 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 28, December 12 and 19 at 6:30pm.

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