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‘Tis the Season at The Gary E. Sampson Planetarium at Wauwatosa West High School

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree


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Join us for the full-dome version of this holiday favorite! This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice – from Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, and Mexican cultures. It also takes a look at some of our
more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles to Santa Claus. The primary focus of this show are possible astronomical explanations for the star of Bethlehem.  ‘Tis the Season is produced by Loch Ness Productions, and based on a script by James G. Manning.

‘Tis the Season Thursday, December 9th, Friday, December 17th, and Monday, December 20th

The Gary E. Sampson Planetarium is a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for the study of astronomy.  Installed when Wauwatosa West High School was built in 1967-68, the planetarium has been updated to include full-dome video projection capabilities and comfortable seating.  It is a field trip destination and a “lab” classroom for the Advanced Astronomy course at West High School.

We offer programs for students in preschool through senior high school, as well as free public programs for guests from the Wauwatosa area.  The planetarium seats up to 60 guests and is fully accessible for guests with limited mobility.

All shows start promptly at 7:00 PM and last approximately 1 hour. A live tour of the current night sky is a part of every program. Reserve your seats now by calling 414-773-3390 and following the prompts on the reservation line. Be prepared to state the date you would like to
attend, your last name with spelling, the number of guests in your party, and a phone number where you can be reached in case the show needs to be postponed or canceled. NEW THIS YEAR, register via the Wauwatosa School District Facebook Page. Click on the search button on the WSD page and search for the planetarium to see our events and other posts.


December 20
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Gary E. Sampson Planetarium Wauwatosa West High School
11400 W Center St
Wauwatosa, WI 53222 United States
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