Out and About: ‘Holidays In Space’ Lights Up the Evening at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

“Holidays in Space” has returned to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and we were invited out to check out opening night of the festivities.

Before even entering the visitor complex, guests get to enjoy tha NASA globe decorated as a Christmas ornament, and the new Kennedy Entry Experience, which is a 3,000-square-foot LED video display that tells an abbreviated NASA story in a loop.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

By the entrance an astronaut in the style of a Christmas nutcracker soldier provides a perfect selfie spot.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

The main 50-ft Christmas tree sits in the rocket garden, next to the Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

We tried to see the all-new Rocket Tree Trail (sponsored by L3 Harris Technologies), which is located behind Orbit Cafe, but due to the inclement weather, the display was moved elsewhere indoors, and since we were close to showtime, we missed our chance to see it.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

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The highlight of “Holidays in Space” is “Starflake’s Holiday Voyage,” a unique projection mapping show on the Gateway building, that takes guests on an interstellar, six-minute journey through the stars, Earth and beyond led by “Starflake,” a shooting star-turned-snowflake.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

The show takes place just after dark, so as dusk was approaching we grabbed a spot up front to watch. Some guests were given 3D glasses, which turn strong lights into rockets, but we didn’t get them. The show was very enjoyable even without the 3D effects.

During the show, viewers will recognize iconic places throughout Starflake’s journey, including the Vehicle Assembly Building, the James Webb Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and more.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Towards the end of the travels, fireworks went off from the roof of the Gateway building, signalling the end of the show.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

As we went to leave, we noticed the rocket garden was now lit up in festive shades of red and green.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

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All of the “Holidays in Space” extras like the show, and the holiday decorations, are included with admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, so make sure you stick around at the end of the day to enjoy it. Visit KennedySpaceCenter.com for more information.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

I should also mention the KSCVC has the cutest “Holidays in Space” merchandise. I’m wishing I would have gotten this t-shirt, but I got sidetracked.

Holidays In Space 2023 - Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex


Disclaimer: CitySurfing Orlando was invited to experience the “Holidays kn Space.” As always, my reviews are honest, and my own.


 

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