The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg is planning star and laser shows for the entire family in December, including special holiday programs. The following programs will be offered:

The Alien Who Stole Christmas, Saturdays and Sundays, December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 2 p.m. Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system after he's been kidnapped by a friendly alien. The kids on the other planets also need presents! (Recommended for ages 6-10)

Winter Wonder Lights, Saturdays and Sundays, December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 3 p.m.

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Listen to holiday hits such as "Wizards in Winter," "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree," and "Dominic the Donkey" while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 6-adult)

December Skies, Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19, 4 p.m.

Discover the stars and constellations visible in tonight's sky. (Recommended for ages 10 to adult)

Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or<>.

In 2015, the Planetarium at RVCC is celebrating 25 years of bringing astronomy to the children and adults of New Jersey.

Raritan Valley Community College's main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community's businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit<>.