Here’s a Snow Globe Big Enough for the Entire Family

Take a sleigh ride to Tyler Junior College for a unique holiday experience. The school’s planetarium with its expansive look at the wintery skies features four shows through December 29 that kids of all ages will love.

The Center for Earth and Space Science Education  ̶  better known as the “dome” ̶  is equipped with Digistar 5 digital projection dome, the latest in digital projection technology. Unforgettable images cause heads to drop back and the expressions from all to be something akin to “whaaaa!”

Show descriptions and times are:

Let It Snow

This 30-minute show features a new variety of festive music classics visually enhanced with animation, laser imagery, special effects, and all-dome scenery to create a special holiday experience. Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Mystery of the Christmas Star

Journey back more than 2,000 years to Bethlehem for scientific explanation of the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. Daily at 1 p.m.

Season of Light

This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice  ̶  Christian, Jewish, 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 the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. Daily at 2 p.m.

Laser Holidays

This popular program features a mix of everyone’s favorite holiday music, from the classical to the modern, all set to fantastic laser, cove, and digital artwork. “Laser Holidays” is a fun experience for everyone and gives new meaning to the term “holiday lights.” 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays through December 21.

The planetarium is located at 1411 East Lake Street, Tyler. Tickets for all shows are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

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