Immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists as their songs come alive in a 360-degree environment of light and sound!
The McDonnell Planetarium’s Laser Show Series fuses music, laser artwork, immersive lighting and 3D-atmospheric effects to create an unforgettable live experience.
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Laser Show Schedule
Monday, December 27
Tuesday, December 28
Wednesday, December 29
Thursday, December 30
December ’21 Laser Show Playlists
NEW - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 27th, 28th, and 29th at 3:30pm
New in December 2021! Rock in the new year with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s greatest hits. This symphony of laser light and sound features First Snow, Wizards in Winter, A Mad Russian’s Christmas and more.
Runtime: 38 Minutes
|O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night|
|Promises to Keep|
|This Christmas Day|
|Wizards in Winter|
|A Mad Russian’s Christmas|
|Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24|
NEW - Michael Jackson
December 27th at 5:00pm and December 29th at 6:30pm
New in December 2021! The greatest hits from the King of Pop come alive in laser light. Featuring Beat It, ABC, Thriller, and more!
Runtime: 45 Minutes
|The Way You Make Me Feel|
|Rock With You|
|Black or White|
|You Are Not Alone|
|Man in the Mirror|
90's Alt Rock
December 29th at 5:00pm
Experience the top alternative rock songs of the 1990s! Featuring the music of Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains and more.
Runtime: 47 minutes
|Rage Against the Machine||Bulls On Parade|
|Girl Against Boys||Park Avenue|
|Foo Fighters||Monkey Wrench|
|Alice in Chains||Would|
|The Chemical Brothers||Block Rockin’ Beats|
|White Zombie||More Human Than Human|
December 30th and 31st at 3:30pm
Take a trip down memory lane with the Fab Four and enjoy favorites such as “Help!,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life” and more. Sing along to these classic songs as you are transported back to a lost time and re-experience the evolution of this musical phenomenon.
Runtime: 32 Minutes
|Magical Mystery Tour|
|I Wanna Hold Your Hand|
|Twist & Shout|
|A Hard Day’s Night|
|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band|
|A Day in the Life|
Classic Rock Night
December 28th at 5:00pm
Rock out to some of the greatest rock bands of all time! Featuring hits by AC/DC, Aerosmith, Journey, Van Halen, and more.
Runtime: 45 Minutes
|AC/DC||Back in Black|
|Emerson, Lake & Palmer||Karn Evil 9|
|Kansas||Carry On My Wayward Son|
|Kiss||Rock-n-Roll All Night|
|Pink Floyd||One Of These Days|
December 30th at 6:30pm
Relive the psychedelic and rock hits of Led Zeppelin accompanied with out-of-this-world laser and lighting effects. Featuring greatest hits like “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song,” “Stairway to Heaven” and more.
Approximate Runtime: 52 Minutes
|Song Remains the Same|
|Over the Hills and Far Away|
|Good Times, Bad Times|
|Livin’, Lovin’ Maid|
|Stairway to Heaven|
|Whole Lotta Love|
|Rock -n- Roll|
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
December 31st at 6:30pm
Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most popular and mind-bending light concerts of all time! Featuring the entire groundbreaking album including “Breathe,” “Money” and “Any Colour You Like.”
Runtime: 43 Minutes
|Speak to Me|
|On the Run|
|The Great Gig in the Sky|
|Us and Them|
|Any Colour You Like|
Pink Floyd's The Wall
December 31st at 5:00pm
Coupled with spectacular laser art and immersive effects, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Featuring songs from the album such as Comfortably Numb, Young Lust, and Another Brick in the Wall.
Runtime: 50 Minutes
|In the Flesh|
|The Thin Ice|
|Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)|
|The Happiest Days of our Lives|
|Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)|
|Goodbye Blue Sky|
|Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)|
|Run Like Hell|
December 28th at 6:30pm
Considered by many to be Rush’s breakthrough album, experience the entire prog-rock masterpiece in this symphony of laser light and sound. The 1976 album features an eponymous seven-part suite written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, with lyrics written by Neil Peart that tells a dystopian story set in the year 2112.
Runtime: 40 Minutes
|II. The Temples of Syrinx|
|V. Oracle: The Dream|
|VII. Grand Finale|
|2. A Passage to Bangkok|
|3. The Twilight Zone|
|6. Something for Nothing|
December 27th at 6:30pm and December 30th at 5:00pm
We will rock you! Immerse yourself in the greatest hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen in this legendary laser show featuring “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and more.
Approximate Runtime: 46 Minutes
|We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions|
|Don’t Stop Me Now|
|Another One Bites The Dust|
|I Want To Break Free|
|Princes Of The Universe|
|The Show Must Go On|
Laser Show Frequently Asked Questions
What are laser shows?
Laser shows are like going to a concert but without the band! We fuse popular music, real-time laser artwork, immersive 360-degree lighting, and 3D-atmospheric effects to bring your favorite music to life like you have never seen it before.
Are laser shows outside?
No, our laser shows take place inside the comfort of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. We are home to the largest fulldome laser show in the United States!
Are laser shows suitable for children?
This depends on the show and your child. Laser shows feature loud music and flashing lights in the dark environment of the Planetarium that may be scary for young children. Some shows feature music and lyrics intended for an adult audience and may include profanity. We do not prohibit children, but viewer discretion is advised.
I am sensitive to flashing lights; should I see a laser show?
Laser shows feature flashing lights and loud music. We do not recommend laser shows if you are sensitive to light or sound.
The Planetarium Entrance in Forest Park is currently closed. Please park and enter at 5050 Oakland Avenue.
Laser Shows take place in the Star Bay, located on the 2nd floor of the Planetarium. Access is available through the stairs or elevator from the main Planetarium lobby.
Due to the dark nature of the planetarium, late admittance or reentry is not permitted. Please arrive on time for your laser show.
Members stargaze for free.
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Plus, members help support the Science Center and our mission to make science learning open to everyone.
Elevators and ramps serve all public areas of the McDonnell Planetarium.
We also offer hearing assist devices for Planetarium star shows. When ordering tickets, please let your reservationist know you’re interested in a hearing assist device, or speak with a Planetarium team member before your program begins.