Celebrate the Holidays at OCC’s Novins Planetarium

Nov 27, 2019

This December, in addition to its regular sky shows and laser shows, the Robert J. Novins Planetarium, on the Ocean County College campus, will offer special seasonal presentations, including a Dec. 31 “Noon Year’s Eve” show that’s perfect for the entire family.

The lineup for Saturday, Dec. 7, includes a 2 p.m. viewing of “Let It Snow,” a 45-minute, animated show featuring a variety of festive songs such as “Run Rudolph Run,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and, of course, “Let It Snow,” as well as a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Additional showings of “Let It Snow” are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 (sensory friendly); 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15; 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27; and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.

The evening of Dec. 7 at 7 o’clock, see the “Season of Light” movie and star talk. “‘Season Of Light’ explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season,” Novins staff explain. “It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the ‘Star over Bethlehem.’ This is an elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons – a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.”

“Season of Light” is also set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14; Saturday, Dec. 21; and Monday, Dec. 23.

Also on Dec. 7, at 8:30 p.m., is the “Laser Holidays” concert, with holiday favorites such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” modern hits such as “Jingle Bell Rock” and unique renditions of other classic songs.

See “Laser Holidays” as well at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; 12:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23; 12:30 (sensory friendly) and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27; and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.

December presentations also include “Wonders of the Holiday Sky” – an in-depth tour of the current sky over New Jersey that explores the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects and celestial highlights – for ages 12 and older, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

At 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, join Novins staff for a “Harold Shale Christmas Sing-Along,” based on the interactive storybook series. That same day, at 12:30 p.m., is a Holiday PJ Party craft and show.

And on Tuesday, Dec. 31, the planetarium will host a New Year’s celebration that won’t ruin bedtimes! This year’s show will be a laser-filled party, complete with a countdown ending.

A sensory-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” craft and show is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., followed by two more “Noon Year’s Eve” craft-and-show installments at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then, at 3 p.m., is a “Senior Noon Year’s Eve” celebration,” followed by a “Senior Noon Year’s Eve” show at 3:30 p.m.

For additional information on planetarium presentations visit ocean.edu/planetarium. For recorded show information, call 732-255-0342. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.ocean.edu or call 732-255-0343.

The OCC campus is located on College Drive in Toms River. —J.K.-H.

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