The Illinois State University Planetarium will offer its holiday show Season of Lights, running weekends, December 1-16. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays.
The show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the time of the winter solstice—not only Christian and Jewish, but also Egyptian, Roman, Pagan, Celtic, Nordic, and Hopi. Season of Lights also looks at some of the more light-hearted seasonal traditions, from kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing. Season of Lights is narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams.
Admission to the Planetarium is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3-4. Tickets may be purchased in the Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before each show.
The Planetarium is located under the white-domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science Annex, at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street. For more information, please call the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit the Planetarium website.