Tarleton State University's Science Planetarium is recently announced the schedule for its annual “Season of Light” show in celebration of the holiday season. Admission is free, but seating in the 56-seat theater will be limited on an “as available” basis. Show times are Sat., Dec. 1, 8, and 15 at 4 p.m. and Thurs., Dec. 6, 13, and 20 at 2 p.m.
“This show is a perennial favorite,” said Larry D. Barr, assistant planetarium director. “It's become a holiday tradition for a lot of folks in this area who come back every year to enjoy it.”
“Season of Light” traces holiday customs from around the world and explores how the cold, winter season has come to hold some of the warmest traditions of the year. The program is narrated by National Public Radio's Noah Adams and looks at the traditions of the Yule log, Christmas tree lights, the Menorah and luminaries. Ancient customs from the Romans to the Celts and Native Americans are presented, along with an astronomical explanation of the winter solstice and a discussion of the Star of Bethlehem.
St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and Santa Claus are all part of the program as we follow both the sacred and secular progressions of the Christmas holiday from ancient time to the present day.
More information about the planetarium and show schedules can be found at www.tarleton.edu/~space/planetarium/index.htm. School and group shows are available by appointment. Call (254) 968-0523 for more information or to schedule a show.