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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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Days: Daily in July at 11:30 am

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

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

*The 11:30 am showing will not include the complete show playlist.

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!

Please note that a selected group of the songs listed here will be played at any given show.  Your show’s playlist will be determined by your laserist.  For more information, contact us at (757) 595-1900

Dates: TBA

Times: TBA

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

Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic is a delightful celebration of the holiday season that the whole family will enjoy!  Featuring timeless classics and songs from the holiday specials we loved as kids, as well as modern holiday music, this show has something for everyone.  Ring in the holiday season with the most amazing light show in town!

Show Playlist

  • Joy to the World
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • The March of the Toy Soldiers
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • Snow Miser
  • Linus and Lucy
  • Up on the Housetop
  • White Christmas
  • The Russian Dance
  • Let it Snow
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24

Daytime Shows

November 22 – 11:30, 1:30, 3:30pm

November 24-26 – 11:30, 1:30, 3:30pm

November 25 – 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, 7:30pm

December 6-10 – 12:30, 2:30pm

December 9 – 12:30, 2:30, 8:30pm

December 13-15 – 12:30, 2:30pm

December 16 – 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, 7:30pm

December 17-23 – 11:30, 1:30, 3:30pm

December 23 – 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, 7:30pm

December 26-31 – 11:30, 1:30, 3:30pm


Closed November 23 and December 24 & 25.

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

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 22 – 12:30, 2:30pm

November 24-26 –  12:30, 2:30pm

November 25 – 12:30, 2:30, 6:30pm

November 29 – December 1 – 1:30pm

December 2-3 – 1:30, 3:30pm

December 6-8 – 1:30pm

December 9 – 1:30, 3:30, 6:30pm

December 10 – 1:30, 3:30pm

December 13-15 – 1:30pm

December 16 – 12:30, 2:30, 6:30pm

December 17-22 – 12:30, 2:30pm

December 23 – 12:30, 2:30, 6:30pm

December 26-31 – 12:30, 2:30pm


Closed November 23 and December 24 & 25.

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

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