Planetarium will offer ‘Season of Light’ during holiday season


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A show that combines astronomy and the history of holiday traditions will be shown at the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium at the University of Louisville during the holiday season.

    “Season of Light” is a high-definition presentation that explores the role of history and astronomy in holiday customs such as burning the Yule log, lighting the Christmas tree, kissing under the mistletoe, decking the halls with greenery and candles and more.

    Planetarium director Rachel Connolly said “Season of Light” is expected to be popular with audiences because it provides religious, historical and planetary perspective on holiday traditions from around the world.

    “This show is especially great for families,” Connolly said.

    “Season of Light” can be seen Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in December. Show times vary and visitors should call 502-852-6664 or visit the planetarium’s website at to check the schedule. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 12 and under. Members are free.

    The show will also be shown Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 during the planetarium’s holiday parties. The parties are open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and cost $5 per person for all activities and two shows (“Season of Light” plus Holiday Laser Music).

    In late December, the two shows will be paired again for a special price of $7 per person (half price). Dates for the double feature include Dec. 21, Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Dec. 21 and Dec. 22. On Dec. 23 there will be a showing at 2 p.m. only.

    For all show times for “Season of Light” and other presentations, call 502-852-6664 or visit

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