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The Mystery of the Christmas Star now playing at the Tarleton Planetarium. And it’s free.

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

TSU Media Relations

The Tarleton State University Planetarium’s most popular holiday show, “The Mystery of the Christmas Star,” is open now through Dec. 22.

The show investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and examines recorded sightings of significant astronomical events at the time.

Planetarium visitors will see how signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the Wise Men to travel across the desert to Bethlehem, likely from the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

Show schedule:

Monday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 18, 1 and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1 and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1 and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

The planetarium is in the Lamar Johanson Science Building on the Stephenville campus. Seating is limited to 86 guests per show; admission is free.

The box office will open one hour before each show.

Park after 6 p.m. in lot P-22/P-23, which is accessible from North Rome Street, across from the Recreation Center.

To schedule school groups, clubs or other gatherings, call 254-968-0523 or email

Notice is required for private screenings.


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