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ISU Planetarium puts on annual holiday show, “Season of Light”

Written by on December 3, 2023

Photo provided by ISU Planetarium

NORMAL, Ill. – The air is filled with holiday spirit and anticipation as the Illinois State University Planetarium kicks off its holiday program, “Season of Light”. This program will run every weekend through December 16.

This experience, narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, will illuminate winter traditions from various cultures worldwide. Adams will guide viewers through exploring traditions spanning Christian and Jewish cultures to the practices of the Egyptians, Romans, Pagans, Celts, Nordics, and Hopis.

As the lights dim, audiences will be transported on a journey that’ll keep them on the edge of their seats. “Season of Light” recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals surrounding the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

The program goes beyond the norms of holiday programs, delving into the traditions that make the holiday season so magical. The program will include timeless traditions like kisses under the mistletoe and holiday favorites like lords a-leaping and ladies dancing. This program will capture what the festive season is about by showcasing the diversity of global celebrations.

Regular admission to the planetarium is $5 for adults, $4 for children aged 5-12, seniors, and ISU students with their ID, and $3 for the littlest ones aged 3-4. Tickets are available for purchase 20 minutes before each show, ensuring everyone can experience this seasonal program. The show is located in the Felmley Hall of Science Annex on the campus of ISU.

As families and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season, the ISU Planetarium invites all to join the fun of traditions that bring people together in the “Season of Light.”