Season of Lights

The Illinois State University Planetarium is pleased to offer its holiday show Season of Lights, running weekends from December 1 through December 16. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

Season of Lights is beautifully narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams. The show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the time of the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year.

The full-dome program explores not only Christian and Jewish; but also Egyptian, Roman, Pagan, Celtic, Nordic, and Hopi practices. Season of Lights also looks at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions, from kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing.

Admission to the ISU Planetarium is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 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 ISU Planetarium is located under the white domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science Annex. Felmley Hall is located on the northeast corner of the ISU campus at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street.

Free parking for the weekend programs is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in University parking lot F-67, located on the east side of School Street.

For more information, please call the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit our web site by Googling Illinois State University Planetarium.


Friday, December 8, 2017
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: Adults $4, Children 5-12 and seniors $3, and pre-schoolers $2.


Illinois State University Planetarium ISU Felmley Hall of Science Annex, Intersection of College Avenue and School Street Normal Illinois 61790-4560 (309) 438-8756

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