Star shows, laser concerts, RVCC planetarium vacation shows in December


originally published: 11/18/2021

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) – The planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg will feature in-person laser concerts, celebrity shows and holiday shows for all ages in December, including a special sensory program designed for families with autistic children or people with intellectual disabilities. Face masks are mandatory in all campus buildings, including the Planetarium.

The following shows will be offered at the Planetarium in December:

Perfect Little Planet, Saturday December 4 at 3 p.m. – A family from another star system is looking for the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our most famous dwarf planet; navigate through the rings of Saturn; feel the storms of Jupiter; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will the family choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Laser Magic, Saturday December 4 at 4:00 p.m. – Lasers “dance” on the dome of the Planetarium, accompanied by music such as “Fireworks” by Katy Perry; “Let it Go”, sung by Idina Menzel; and Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

The Sky Above (sensory), Saturday December 4 at 5:00 p.m. – This sensory astronomy and music show, lasting approximately 45 minutes, is specially designed for families with autistic children or those with intellectual disabilities. Neurotypical children are also welcome. The program, which is presented at the kindergarten level, is suitable for audiences of all ages. During the show, the doors will remain open so that children can freely exit and return if they wish. The lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the sound will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, the Moon, and the constellations.

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Astronomy tonight, Saturday December 4 at 7:00 p.m. – Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, and the stories behind them. Find out how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)

Laser Beatles, Saturday December 4 at 8:00 p.m. – Hear Fab Four hits from their long career including “Twist and Shout”, “Revolution” and “Get Back” as lasers bring songs to life on the dome above. (Recommended for ages 6-adult)

The alien who stole Christmas, Saturdays December 11 and 18 at 3:00 p.m. – Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a journey through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. Children from other planets need gifts too! (Recommended for ages 6-10)

Star shows, laser concerts, RVCC planetarium vacation shows in December

Winter Wonder Lights, Saturdays December 11 and 18, 4 at 8:00 p.m. – Listen to holiday hits like “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin ‘around the Christmas Tree” and “Dominic the Donkey” as lasers bring songs to life on the dome above your head. (Recommended for ages 6-adult)

Mystery at the North Pole, Saturdays December 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. – Poor Santa Claus is too sick to deliver presents this year. Who could have done that? Who would want to sabotage Christmas? Was it an elf? A reindeer? The public will have to examine the suspects and determine who is guilty of injuring Santa Claus. (Recommended for ages 6-adult)

Planetarium tickets cost $ 10 for one show, $ 18 for two consecutive shows on the same day. Reservations are recommended, but all ticket sales are at the door on the day of the show. Late admission to Planetarium shows is not permitted. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For more information visit

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Arline J. Mercier