Holiday light show at the planetarium and six more events on the North Strand

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, N.C., offers an array of exciting light shows for the holidays. Watching Season of Light, viewers learn why the winter season has some of the warmest celebrations. “Season of Light explores the celestial origins of winter’s most endearing holiday customs while treating visitors to beautifully hand-rendered artwork on our dome,” writes planetarium manager Katherine Hunt in an email. “It is a must- see and a real treat for all ages.”

In the Accidental Astronaut animated characters take a flight into space and land on the moon. Planet 9 examines how complex outer space is and follow astronomer Mike Brown’s belief that there is a Planet 9 after Pluto was demoted. From Earth to the Universe takes viewers on a journey through time and space. The Sky Tonight is a live look at the constellations and planets in the sky.

Listen to favorite holiday tunes as memorable images prance on the planetarium dome in Laser Holidays, A Holiday Light Show.

“Enjoy winter favorites such as Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis and Silent Night by Enya while viewing laser artwork and 360 degrees of live lighting effects,” Hunt writes.

The shows begin at noon and follow the above sequence through 4 p.m. with a break at 5 p.m. Season of Light is shown again at 6 p.m. and Laser Holidays is shown at 7 p.m.

What | Ingram Planetarium

Where | 7625 High Market St., (Off Sunset Blvd.), Sunset Beach, N.C.

When | 11:30 a.m., doors open; shows, noon-7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Dec. 14-30.

Cost | per show, 13-61, $9.50; 62+, $8.50; 3-12, $7.50; 2 and under, free; memberships available; free to members

Contact | 910-575-0033; katherine@museumplanetarium.org; www.museumplanetarium.org

Details | Free admission to Paul Dennis Science Hall; gift shop
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Events on the North Strand

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What | Drive-through light show with over two million lights displayed along a 1.5 mile drive

Where | North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, 150 Citizens Circle (off Robert Edge Parkway), North Myrtle Beach

When | 5:30-9:30 p.m. now through Dec. 31, closed Christmas Day

Cost | 1 vehicle of 1-15 people, $15; one vehicle of 16-30 people, $30; one vehicle of 31+, $60, to schedule buses: 280-5570

Contact | 281-3800; http://parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/special-events/the-great- christmas-light- show/

Details | Santa’s Village opens Dec. 15; petting zoo; Santa express train, $2 per person; various costs for tube slide, zip line, ice skating, hot chocolate, s’mores

SWEET TOOTH CHRISTMAS

What | Holiday cookies and candy recipes with preparation and tasting on site that shows how to make pralines, buckeyes, cinnamon hard candy and stuffed dates.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. 2 nd St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6-7 p.m. Dec. 12

Cost | 13-61, $9.50; 62+, $8.50; 3-12, $7.50, 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-579- 1016; minfo@museumplanetarium.org; www.museumplanetarium.org

TOUCH TANK FEEDING

What | Feed and interact with live sea animals in the hands-on touch tank

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. 2 nd St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 11 a.m.- noon, Fridays, Dec. 15, 22, 29

Cost | 13-61, $9.50; 62+, $8.50; 3-12, $7.50, 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-579- 1016; minfo@museumplanetarium.org; www.museumplanetarium.org

COASTAL SHAG CLUB

Where | Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road, Shallotte, N.C.

When | Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; dance, 7-10:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Cost | members and any ACSC members, $5; guests, $8

Contact | www.coastalshagclub.org

HOLIDAY ORIGAMI

What | Learn how to make holiday designs to be used as small gifts or decorations for the holidays.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. 2 nd St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 11 a.m.- noon, Dec. 23

Cost | 13-61, $9.50; 62+, $8.50; 3-12, $7.50, 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-579- 1016; minfo@museumplanetarium.org; www.museumplanetarium.org

Details | A benefit is to see how to coordinate paper folding and mathematics.

“LET’S MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE”

What | Silver Coast Bridal Show

Where | Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

When | 1-4 p.m., Jan. 14, 2018

Contact | 910-287- 2800, info@silvercoastwinery.com, www.silvercoastwinery.com

Details | Brides welcome, wedding vendors, photographers, venues, caterers, florists and more

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