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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.


Holiday Evenings in the Planetarium – November 24 & December 22

6:30 pm – Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star

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7:30 pm – Laser Holidays

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List of Shows

July 4th Spirit of America Laser Show

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2019 Dates: TBD

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

2019 Dates: TBD

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

Laser Holidays

2018 Dates: Vary. Check the calendar.

Times: Vary. Check the calendar.

From Randy Travis and James Galway to The Jackson 5 and Burl Ives we’ve got everyone’s favorite holiday classics – and even a few that might just become your favorite!  Celebrate the season with the music and magic of Laser Holidays

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 (orchestral)
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Oichie Chiun (Silent Night) by Enya
  • The Chipmunk Song by Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
  • Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
  • 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 Jame Galway

Closed November 22 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

2018 Dates: TBD

Times: Vary. Check the calendar.

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Since 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

Closed November 22 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