Published Friday, November 18th, 2016
Shown Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 17.
The Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College hosts its 2016 holiday season shows on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Winter Holiday Laser Adventure will be shown on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 29 at 8 p.m.
“Season of Light” will be shown on Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., Dec. 16 at 7 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.
“The Sistine Chapel” will be shown on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.
"The Longest Night: A Winter Tale” will be shown Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
"Season of Light" traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season. Customs featured include the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights, candles in windows, the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus are involved in the story. Season of Light is visually rich, culturally inclusive, musically satisfying and soothing as hot chocolate on a cold evening.
“The Sistine Chapel” illustrates how Michelangelo’s depiction of the “Book of Genesis” has remained vivid for 500 years within the Sistine Chapel. This planetarium show displays the same artwork without a trip to Vatican City. After a short history of the chapel, enjoy a detailed explanation of all of Michelangelo's works, including the Creation of Adam, the stories of Noah and Moses and the Last Judgement.
"The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" is a one-of-a-kind mystical fable that explores the concept of winter as a time for Earth to rest and await new growth in the spring.
Please visit www.wsc.edu/planetarium for a detailed schedule of these holiday shows. The suggested donation for all shows is $5 for adults and $3 for children; all donations are appreciated.