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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.

Daytime shows cost: VLM members free, non-members  $4 plus Museum admission.

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

List of Shows

July 4th Spirit of America Laser Show

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

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

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Please purchase tickets in advance. This show is likely to sell out.

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.

Show Playlist

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

Laser Holidays

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

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

    Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

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

    Evening Shows:  December 17 at 6:30pm.

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


    Evening Shows:  December 17 at 5:30pm.

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


    Fright Light October

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    It’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!

    Times: 5:30, 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.

    Cost: Members $3, Non-members $6

    Show Playlist

    • Thriller by Michael Jackson
    • Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult
    • Monster Medley by Various Artists
    • Close Encounter of the Third Kind by John Williams
    • Enter Sandman by Metallica
    • Men in Black by Will Smith
    • Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters by Weird Al Yankovic
    • Re: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton
    • Firestarter by Prodigy
    • Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
    • Iron Man by Black Sabbath
    • Horror Movie Medley by Various Artists
    • Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
    • Push It by Garbage
    • Frankenstein by The Edgar Winters Group
    • The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band
    • Feed my Frankenstein by Alice Cooper