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Select Thurs-Sunday thru January 2 | Nature Nights Holiday Lights

Specific dates: December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and January 2, 2021.

Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm (extended evening hours)

Cost: VLM Members $9/ Non-Members $12 – ages 2 and under are free.

Enter an outdoor trail glittering with lights and holiday spirit. Take a nature walk on the outdoor trail and through the Dinosaur Discovery Trail village!  This new experience is right in time for the holidays and is sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit. Receive a candy cane treat, cookies and cocoa.

ADD your own Glow! Light up toys and wearables available for purchase. Credit card only.

NOTE: all COVID-19 CDC recommendations will be enforced – social distancing observed on trail.

ADD a Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star (select nights)

OR a Laser Show: Laser Holidays (select nights)

Join us in the Abbitt Planetarium for these special holiday classics!

Seating is limited to 20 guests per show.

Mystery of the Christmas Star – 6:30pm

Journey with the Magi and attempt to discover the identity of the Star of Bethlehem!

Laser Holidays  – 8pm

Rock to holiday music and amazing lasers in Laser Holidays.


Cost: VLM Members $3 and Non-members $6 + Nature Nights Holiday Lights Admission.

On Select dates:  December  4, 5,  11, 12, 18, and 19, 2020.

Nature Nights Holiday Lights is sponsored by:

National Exterminating logo

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING at the Wild Things Museum Store

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Annual Holiday Sale – Nov. 27- Dec. 4, 2020 – store open noon-5pm

  • 30% off for VLM members
  • 35% off for VLM volunteers
  • 40% off for VLM staff

Fine Jewelry Sale, December 12- 19, 2020

  • All fine jewelry over $30 will be 30% off for VLM members and 20% for non-members

Gift Memberships + Add ons

  • With the purchase of a gift membership, you can add on an otter plush, otter tote bag, and a VLM ornament for just  $15.
  • The otter cannot be exchanged for another plush, but additional plush may be added on for $3 a piece (up to four).




December 9 – HOMESCHOOL SPECIAL: Mystery of the Christmas Star

planetarium show Mystery of the Christmas StarJust for Homeschool Families!  The Abbitt Planetarium is offering a monthly 45 minute program for all ages.  December will showcase the traditional story of the Magi and their quest for the Christmas Star! Each program will be limited to eight family groups so everyone attending must register in one registration. Class price includes Museum admission. Additional times and dates will be added as class space fills so please register early if you intend to join in on the fun.


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December 12- Owl Be Home Walk 2020

Cost: FREE for members, $4+admission cost for non-members

Time: 9am-11am with ticket slots every 15 minutes (reserve tickets in advance, as event will SELL OUT!)

Location: Changing Exhibit Gallery and Outdoor Trail

Come celebrate the holiday season at the Virginia Living Museum! Walk the outdoor trail, where you can find Santa and two of his elves with special animal friends. There will be a station inside with grab and go crafts, as well as a candy bag and a letter-drop off for Santa! Make sure you bring a warm winter coat, a letter for Santa, and the holiday spirit!

Note: All COVID-19 CDC regulations will be in place, such as social distancing, mask-wearing indoors, and hand sanitizer locations throughout the museum.

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December 12- STARGAZING: Live on STARturday Night!

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Facebook Live

LIVE this STARturday Night! The Virginia Living Museum STARGAZING goes virtual on FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM! Join us at 7:30pm live for 30

minutes to talk with Dr. Kelly Herbst about what’s going on in the evening sky right now and how you can find things for yourself! We will be using Starry Night Dome planetarium software (many thanks to Spitz, Inc. for giving us access to this great resource!) so we are guaranteed to

be able to do some “observing” no matter what the weather is like…and then you can take what you learn outside and do a little stargazing for yourself whenever the sky in your area permits!

And please bring your questions! We’re excited to have this chance to interact with you again!


December 16- Homeschool Program: Winter in the Water

Cost: Child 45 minute classroom program and admission: $10.50 for VLM Members/$15.00 for Non-members

Adult 45 minute classroom program and admission: Free for VLM Members/$18.00 for Non-members

Time: 12-12:45pm

Attention Homeschool Families!
Celebrate the winter season by learning about how different water animals survive the winter and meet animals friends along the way! We plan to talk about horseshoe crabs, water turtles, and bullfrogs but these animals could change.

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December 19- Dino on the Loose

Time:  1pm (weather permitting)

Join our walking T. rex for a 15 minute dinosaur parade, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!  Guests will be asked to line the trail and watch as Dino On the Loose walks by.  Feel free to take photos and enjoy watching our walking, roaring T.rex!

Cost included in museum admission.

NOTE: all COVID-19 CDC recommendations will be enforced – social distancing observed on trail.




December 26-27  Rainbow Puppets: Creatures Great and Small

Time: Mini programs at 11am, 11:20am, 11:40am, Noon, 12:20pm, 12:40pm, 1pm, 1:20pm, 1:40pm, and 2pm.
Location: Changing Exhibit Gallery with social distancing
Cost: VLM Members are Free, Non-members included in Museum Admission
NOTE: Tickets must be reserved for ALL.  Limited to 20 tickets per show.
There’s a tiny flea, a giant T-Rex, and everything in between as Rainbow Puppet Productions presents “Creatures Great and Small.”  The program is a musical celebration of the diversity of creatures found around the world.  There is an emphasis on creatures found right here at the Virginia Living Museum… including a great blue heron, a barred owl, and a wolf. In addition to the show, every visitor will receive a copy of Rainbow’s new book “Creatures Great and Small.”  The book is part of Optima Health’s “Read. Learn Grow” program which has partnered with Rainbow Puppets and author David Messick to provide over 70,000 books to students across Virginia.
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