Laser Light Shows


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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Photos by Ken Moore
Laser light shows feature loud music and flashing lights. These programs are not recommended for those with sensitivity to light or sound.


Laser Show Pricing

This is a paid experience.


Non-Members $10.95
Members $9.95

Parking is included with your ticket to the Laser Show.

Complimentary vouchers and membership tickets are not valid for Laser Shows.

Due to the dark nature of the planetarium, late admittance or reentry is not permitted. Please arrive on time for your laser show.

Laser Show Schedule

Mon. Dec 27
Tue. Dec 28
Wed. Dec 29
Thu. Dec 30
Fri. Dec 31

Monday, December 27

LASER SHOW: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
3:30 pm
LASER SHOW: Michael Jackson
5:00 pm
6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 28

LASER SHOW: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
3:30 pm
LASER SHOW: Classic Rock
5:00 pm
LASER SHOW: Rush 2112
6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 29

LASER SHOW: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
3:30 pm
LASER SHOW: 90s Alternative
5:00 pm
LASER SHOW: Michael Jackson
6:30 pm

Thursday, December 30

LASER SHOW: The Beatles
3:30 pm
5:00 pm
LASER SHOW: Led Zeppelin
6:30 pm

Friday, December 31

LASER SHOW: The Beatles
3:30 pm
LASER SHOW: Pink Floyd’s The Wall
5:00 pm
LASER SHOW: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
6:30 pm

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
Christmas Dreams
First Snow
This Christmas Day
Wizards in Winter
A Mad Russian’s Christmas
Christmas Canon
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

Beat It
The Way You Make Me Feel
Rock With You
Black or White
Earth Song
You Are Not Alone
Billie Jean
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

Stabbing Westward Lost
Rage Against the Machine Bulls On Parade
Smashing Pumpkins Zero
Girl Against Boys Park Avenue
Foo Fighters Monkey Wrench
Alice in Chains Would
Garbage Push It
Chris Cornell Sunshower
Gravity Kills Guilty
Stabbing Westward Shame
The Chemical Brothers Block Rockin’ Beats
Rammstein Du Hast
White Zombie More Human Than Human
The Beatles

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
Nowhere Man
Octopus’ Garden
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
Van Halen Jump
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
Kansas Carry On My Wayward Son
Kiss Rock-n-Roll All Night
Aerosmith Dream On
Boston Rock-n-Roll Band
Journey Separate Ways
Pink Floyd One Of These Days
Led Zeppelin

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
Immigrant Song
No Quarter
Black Dog
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
Brain Damage
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
Empty Spaces
Young Lust
Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
Hey You
Comfortably Numb
The Trial
Run Like Hell
Rush 2112

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

1. “2112”
I. Overture
II. The Temples of Syrinx
III. Discovery
IV. Presentation
V. Oracle: The Dream
VI. Soliloquy
VII. Grand Finale
2. A Passage to Bangkok
3. The Twilight Zone
4. Lessons
5. Tears
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
Bicycle Race
Don’t Stop Me Now
Another One Bites The Dust
I Want To Break Free
Under Pressure
Killer Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Radio Gaga
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.


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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.

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