Out and About: Holidays In Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Friday, I had the chance to attend a mixed media/passholder preview of the 2015 edition of “Holidays in Space” at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and I have to say it’s a lovely addition to all the other incredible things to see at the complex.

Holidays In Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - NASA ornament

Your first taste of the holiday theming is the giant NASA logo that has been tranformed into a giant ornament. Peace on Earth, indeed.

As you enter, you see the giant Christmas tree decorated with lights, set on a pedestal decorated with the flags of the countries that helped build the International Space Station.

Holidays In Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - Christmas tree

The ISS mural is also decorated with lights for the holiday season.

Holidays In Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - ISS mural

But the centerpiece of “Holidays in Space” is the “Spirit of Exploration” show. For a little over 10 minutes, images are projected upon the Saturn 1B rocket that lies on its side in the Rocket Garden, as the upright rockets are shrouded in mood lighting and the occasional projected snowflakes.

The show is a wonderful visual tour of the history of space exploration with some really innovative imagery, including launches of rockets, historical moments, an inspirational look at our place in the universe.

Holidays In Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - astronaut

Holidays In Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - shuttle

“Holidays in Space” is included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, so I suggest going early and checking out the regular exhibits, then staying for the “Spirit of Exploration” show, which starts at dusk.

Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers multiday admission starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11.

For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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