By LAUREN PORTER
Special to the Herald
Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro campus is always among the first in town to get festive during the holidays. With the sidewalks and halls decked out by Dec. 1, it is easy to see how a True Blue Christmas makes up for the traditional white Christmas that we Southerners miss out on. The proof of GSU’s holiday spirit is in the décor, but it can also be felt in the events that take place around this time of year (final exams excluded).
Come celebrate Christmas the True Blue way with a viewing of “Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Show” at the planetarium in the Math/Physics Building on Dec. 7. Show times will run in 30-minute segments, starting at noon and going through 7:30 p.m. Tickets are expected to go fast and capacity is limited, so be sure to take advantage of the pre-sale that launches on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
“Let It Snow” offers a classic collection of holiday music, with artists like Frank Sinatra and Brenda Lee, and a memorable grand finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is dramatized with high resolution animation, special effects and all-dome scenery. During the show, viewers remain stationary while different graphics like Santa and Frosty move around the dome. It is the perfect event for people of all ages to enjoy, as long as you aren’t easily bothered by a full 360-degree experience with visual effects. For the older folks, just bear in mind that dizziness may ensue.
Even if you do get a little dizzy from the special effects, let’s face it: seeing Frosty in South Georgia is rare, and we need to take advantage of every possible opportunity that we have. Supposing that the month of December will be on the warmer side of the thermostat, it seems as though the only chance of snow on the radar is predicted to happen at the planetarium. And since you will already be star-struck by Frosty’s dance moves in the show, be sure to pick up a star chart on the way out for the best night time views.
To honor the season of giving, GSU’s planetarium will be partnering with Toys for Tots for the event. During “Let It Snow,” visitors are encouraged to bring a toy for families who need extra help this Christmas. This will be the optional fee for attending the show. If you want to donate, just make sure the toy is new and unwrapped, preferably around the $10 or above price range.
For more information on “Let it Snow” and where to buy your tickets, go online at https://cosm.georgiasouthern.edu/planetarium, or stop by the Math/Physics building on the Statesboro campus.